Vlogging Our Boat-life Adventure: Why We’re Sharing So Much on YouTube

I’ve always thought of vlogging as something that people do who have no life or friends. They sit in their room, talk to a camera, and rant about things they can’t control.

That’s not completely wrong. A lot of vloggers fit that description, but recently I found a group of vloggers who share their experiences more than their gripes.

What’s more, there’s a very active sailing/liveaboard community on YouTube. That means we can join the conversation instead of creating one on our own.

Now we have our own YouTube channel and we’re making short films every day (so far). Here’s the latest.

The short answer to the question posed in the title of this post is that we’re making videos for YouTube because a written blog isn’t enough. There’s only so much you can convey in words and pictures.

You don’t get a feel for the joy and laughter we experience with our kids. You don’t see the looks we give each other between photos. And a video lets us tell a fuller story of our day-to-day life.

Sharing the smaller moments is important to us. It’s those moments that make up the bulk of our day. Instead of only seeing our smiling snapshots, video lets you see how we interact in our unique environment.

Also, you know, it’s actually pretty fun to make little movies every day. Our kids LOVE to get silly for the camera and they feel like superstars when they see themselves on YouTube.

Making movies pushes us to move and get out, too. We can’t make an interesting video of us sitting around the boat all day. Who would watch that? I mean, I wouldn’t even want to edit that kind of video.

Instead, we get out and make adventures happen. We go on bike rides, skateboarding, fishing, out with friends, or in search of lost pets. So, even if no one watches our little films, we benefit from making them.

It’s also a challenge to make something every day. I’m a big believer in making things, even if those things suck. People who make things are generally interesting people.

You learn new skills and gain knowledge about the world when you make stuff. Makers are people who are growing and discovering and improving.

wayne_szalinski_hwsoMaking things almost always leads to new adventures. (Just ask  Wayne Szalinski…) When you make things, whether it’s a gadget or a piece of art, you’re creating new opportunities.

Plus, every once in a while, you might make something that people enjoy.

We hope YOU enjoy our little films. And, if you do, please LIKE 👍🏼 the videos on YouTube to help us reach even MORE people with our movies.

Author: Scott (Captain)

I'm the husband, dad, and captain of the Wanderer. I own a web company that dabbles in application development and SEO. I work from anywhere with a decent internet connection, which is most often the deck of our trawler.

3 thoughts on “Vlogging Our Boat-life Adventure: Why We’re Sharing So Much on YouTube”

  1. Scott, so happy to have found your vlog on YouTube!

    Where to start? I’ll spare the details but let’s just say that after a day aboard a 1970’s 48′ Meridian Pilothouse in 1998 in Cape Coral we’ve been trawler broker talking, trawler dreaming, Trawlerfesting, PassageMakering, trawler chartering, Yachtworlding, trawler touring etc. for 19 years while doing the 9-5 thing and getting kids out of the house.

    While we were delighted to discover the sailing vlogs (especially Delos) that have brought the liveaboard life into our home over the past year, we kept searching YouTube for “trawler cruising” without much success… mostly sales videos from brokers. We did discover Blue Turtle Trawler’s blog which has great pictures and excellent descriptions of family life aboard but no video. And for some reason Tula doesn’t resonate with us.

    While we won’t have 2 super cute kids to manage we do appreciate your “day-by-day” format which #1 gives you the screen time to go into lots of details and #2 no way to hide the good, bad and ugly of reality. Another thing that appeals is that 95% of people will not be crossing oceans so your coastal cruising/Bahamas aligns with the vast majority of trawler cruising plans.

    Have only watched a few random episodes but the one that caught my attention so far was finding Wanderer on Craigslist #39… not the fact that it was on Craigslist but the fact you got so much boat in such great condition for so relatively little cash. A motivated seller I assume with boat age, lesser known brand, single engine and no broker commissions likely factors but one thing you didn’t mention in your cost run down was survey and haul out… no one asked in the comments either which was surprising. I assume you did these things especially on a boat that age. What did those cost and what did you learn about your new home from those assessments.

    Keep up the good work and the pithy life lessons (no debt, make things, tickle your kids)!

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