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We get asked a lot of questions about what we’re doing. Here’s some of the more common ones!

 

 

 

 

What kind of boat do you have?

Our boat is a monohull sailing yacht called a Southerly 38 and we named her Ruby Rose, two names that have family meaning to both of us. We spent a lot of time researching boat builders and models, and decided that although Southerly are a lot more expensive than your average yacht, we were happy to make the investment to ensure our safety and comfort while sailing. We inspected many different options and just didn’t feel that the build quality of many of the more popular yachts were of a high enough standard for what we wanted. We wanted a boat that could take us literally anywhere, one that we felt safe in and had confidence in. We’ve now had her for 2 years and we’ve not once regretted our decision.

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What’s it like living on a boat?

Nick has kindly written a detailed explanation of onboard life- you can find it here.

Also, this post may be of interest, as well as this one and this one.

We have also done several interviews, two of which can be found here and here.

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How much does it cost to sail around the world?

This is one of those ‘how long is a piece of string’ questions. Everyone has a different budget and different views on the subject of cost. However, we made this video in an attempt to answer this question, so check it out and let us know if you agree!

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You two seem cool! Can I come and sail with you?

First of all, yes we are cool and thanks for thinking we’re cool enough that you’d want to come and stay with us on a 38 foot boat! We don’t normally have crew because the size of the boat means we’re usually more comfortable with just the two of us on board. However, if we’re in your area and you’d like to meet up, we’re always up for a beer and a chat!

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How can I support you?

We have been blown away by the number of people who want to donate, buy us a beer, or help us in any way. We don’t (yet) have a Patreon account and we don’t have a ‘tip jar’ or any equivalent on our website; perhaps as we invest more into making awesome videos for you, this will change. For now, the best thing you can do for us is simply subscribe to our YouTube channel and give us a thumbs up, comment and share our videos. The more activity we get on our videos, the higher they’ll rank in the mysterious world of Google/YouTube and the more hits we get- which means our profile will continue to grow. To be honest, the best thing about doing these videos is the feedback we get, so feel free to contact us! Also, we’re always up for a beer and a chat, so if we happen to be in your area please shout out and we’ll meet up!

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So… what’s the plan?

Put simply, our plan is to circumnavigate. Originally we just talked about taking a couple of years off and sailing around the Mediterranean. Then Nick started making noises about crossing the Atlantic, and the thought of travelling around the Caribbean by sailing boat was enough incentive for me to agree to three weeks at sea. Then I started making noises about sailing all the way to Australia. Eventually we succumbed to the inevitable and agreed that what we really wanted was to achieve is a complete circumnavigation of the world by boat.

UPDATED MARCH 2017

We have now crossed the Atlantic, cruised most of the Caribbean and have our sights set for a season on the East Coast of the USA before heading south again at the end of 2017 and then towards Panama. Beyond that, things get hazy, but our goal is to spend a couple of years in the Pacific before continuing west.

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How long is all this going to take you?

We have no idea. One of the reasons we waited so long before finally starting this adventure was because we wanted enough time to get all our ducks in a row so we wouldn’t be under any time pressure. It might take us 3 years, it might take us 10!

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