Sailing Sponsors, how we get by? No.

Hey all! We’ve done a lot of “product review” discussions on our YouTube channel and while it may seem like we tend to promote certain products, and we do from time to time get accused of being sponsored, rest assured, we are not. We have no affiliation with anyone.

This of course doesn’t stop us from speaking admirably about the products we have grown to love on this crazy adventure. We talk a lot about our Rocna 55lbs anchor which we paid full retail for. Our use of Navionics which again – full price. Our Epic water filter system, gel memory foam bed, and the list goes on. I could rave for an hour about our Mercury outboard too!

Lady K and crew get by strictly on our own savings and ability to make a few bucks along the way. While we don’t receive help from any company in particular, we would welcome the opportunity to review products and get some free gear as we travel. We are in a pretty good spot to put new products to the test, that’s for sure. If you ever hear of a company looking for some open minded travelers to test stuff, let us know!

The help we do receive is from two places. First, our YouTube channel has ads. While we don’t relish the idea of advertising, we do have to make a living and if people enjoy our content, we hope they are willing to sit through a few ads here and there. It seems only fair.

Second, and our best source of income is Patreon. If you get value from our YouTube episodes, Patreon is an independent site that allows you to send us a couple bucks every Friday when we release a new episode. People usually sign up to send $10 an episode, or $40 a month as we release one per week.

Patreon sets a cap at four episodes a month so it’s easy and safe. It just bills your credit card at the end of each month.

That’s our bread and butter and the reason we are able to keep on cruising and making videos for you to enjoy.

Hope that helps explain a little about how we do things and shows that we are still very impartial. If we give you an opinion about a product, rest assured it is a real opinion.

If you want to help us out, check out our Patreon page.

As always, lot’s of love! Lady K and crew <3

200 Days

August 6th, 2018 was just 200 days ago but it feel’s like a life time has passed. It’s been a long while since I’ve actually typed something on this blog. YouTube videos are going so well it hasn’t really been a priority but I owe it to myself to at least try to document my feelings at some point.

What better point than now? Day 200 of the adventure of a lifetime!

I (Tim) left my home and everything I knew. Refit and outfitted a small plastic sailboat to sail around the world. Here I am, some 2000 nautical miles from home, still trucking. Almost sunk, been through heaven and hell. Experienced more in 200 days than a whole lifetime in many cases.

What I miss the most is obviously the kids. Despite ready to order McCafe coffee which is a distant second, the kids not being here kills me. I see the other kids who got to go on this adventure with their parent(s). They speak multiple languages by the time they’re six years old, they swing from trees and play with Eagle Rays. They swim in the ocean in gin clear blue waters. They befriend anyone and everyone and live a life like a fairytale. No iPads, no Wifi. Just pure living. Their souls are so very pure and their happiness shines brighter than I’d ever of imagined.

I wish my kids could be here but there is still hope for my Cali. She’s so young and has yet to become jaded by capitalism. She plans to come spend the summer with me in Grenada. My son is at an age where it may not happen but I trust that he knows I love him despite our differences. I pray he will come around and come see the world with me. Nothing would mean more than sharing that amazing thing with him. Showing him what the real world has to offer.

I have lived the life people expected me to. Work very hard, meet the right girl, buy a house, and have kids. Buy lots of toys to play with and work even harder to pay for it all. Materialistically, I have had everything I have ever wanted, and nothing that I actually needed. Big televisions, fast cars, sailboats, and motorcycles. Computers and video games. It’s what I wanted. What I really needed was travel and freedom. To leave a legacy for my children other than everything I owned. To show them and everyone else I know that you don’t have to be a slave to money. What I truly needed was to show everyone bliss. A bliss you can only have if you abandon everything you thought to be true and set off in chase of passion. Dreams.

Sailing for 200 days now has taught me so very much but it’s nothing you can read in a book. Nothing I could explain in a tiny blog post. Nothing you will get on a cruise ship or a week long trip to some “paradise” as advertised. Sailing for 200 days has taught me that somethings just can’t be explained in words or videos. They just can’t be felt through electronic means. You simply have to do it.

I urge you – whatever it is that keeps you up at night, whatever it is that makes you unhappy or stressed, examine it. Feel it out and give yourself an honest go. Your dreams are there. Maybe hard to admit to, maybe difficult to the point where you don’t even try, maybe seemingly unreachable.

Go small, go simple, go now.

All the LOVE – Tim.