Shaun Sailing here!
First off, thanks for mentioning me! I'm glad you enjoyed my videos!
Getting back to my original question, I just finished watching the entire pacific crossing series by Shaun Sailing (Shawn Bockmaster). I enjoyed the first 1/2 tremendously but then it became an "island tour" series. There is nothing wrong with that, and I'm sure one day when I'm getting ready to sail those islands I will appreciate it even more. Yet, i'm looking specifically about series that put more emphasis on the sailing part of it (as opposed to the sightseeing). Again, nothing wrong with the guide tour style of video blogs, I'm just looking for video blogs of similar long passages/cruising with a bit more discussion about sailing/navigating, etc.
I totally agree with your comment. Looking back at my series with the knowledge I have now, I would had kept more of a focus on sailing and boat maintenance
. I remember that after so many days at sea, you kind of run out of things to film while underway. You can only film the endless water
so many times! However, I didn't think of filming things ON the boat! There were so many "funny" while underway repairs
and jury-rigs that we had to do, especially in the final rough passage
to New Zealand
I don't know if you saw my latest series, where I look at a bunch of potential boat purchases, but I ended up buying
a '76 Bayfield 25 at the end of 2014. I had to put it on the hard
almost immediately (for the winter), so no videos yet, but my next series (this year) I'll be fixing it up and hopefully rigging
it for future coastal ocean cruising.
I'll try to keep future videos within my initial intended 'theme' of a shared learning
experience for "newer" sailors (or just plain humour for "experienced" sailors to laugh at my mistakes) rather than travel blogs and island tours.
@letsgetsailing & others
Some of these video blogs should be subtitled "The Real World, amateur cruiser edition. This is what happens when a 30-year-old guy pays cash for a boat, takes his girlfriend sailing to some fun places, and takes short videos in order to ask for money on the internet."
The formula seems to be: alter 30-second videos of your port visits with 2-minute segments clowning around the boat, have one or two 20-something girls in bikinis narrate your video, and put a Paypal link in. Life could be a dream come true. The key is to get the photo of the bikini girl as the photo for hits.
This is a really good point and something I have noticed with many emerging Youtube channels. I can always predict how many views/how much money a Youtuber is making based on how pretty the female crew are and how willing they are to reveal skin (especially in the video thumbnails!). This formula is obviously really effective (SV Delos is currently pulling in almost $3,000 per video on Patreon! - and they have sponsors on top of that!). It unfortunately cheapens the videos and thumbnails are just click-bait that don't truly reflect what is actually in the video.
With that said, these videos are very expensive and time consuming to make (my Pacific videos took roughly 30 hours each to make - not including the 10 months of filming). Anyone can go on a vacation
and make a single
Youtube video/series about it, but if you want a channel that continuously releases quality videos, then you will have a hard time doing that for free.
I had to take a break from sailing in 2014 to work and recoup my losses from the Pacific crossing and to save $ for my own boat (my dream is not to keep crewing
on boats, but to cruise
the world on my own boat). Note, I am not complaining about having to work to sail, but even a little income
from my videos can allow me to work just one less day a week and would double the time I can spend with my boat/making videos.
Up until now, I had released all my videos for free and did not have a Patreon or Paypal account. But I came to the realization this year that if I want to keep releasing decent videos on a regular basis, then I need to start earning some sort of income
on them. So I sold out, made a website (shaunsailing.com) and created a Patreon account. My goal is to make sailing videos that people will WANT to pay for. Imagine going to the movies and after watching the film having the choice to pay for the movie
or not. Think of how much the quality of films would increase (haha)!
I worry that video blogs will become the "Rick Steves" of cruising. That started out a good idea with the "Europe through the back door" approach, but ended up commercializing all the sites mentioned to where they became the next front door. Suddenly those hidden treasures were mainstream, and everywhere I went in Europe were full of people with Rick Steves travel books in their back pockets, following the same bouncing balls that the Fodor crowd had done before. You could no longer just show up in most of these "off the beaten path" places and find a place to stay, as in peak season they're full. The tourist industry really grew up in a lot of those places.
This is an important issue and is happening regardless of video blogs (although I'm sure video blogs only help to speed up the process). The Fiji
I saw at the end of my crossing was FAR different than what I read about in Robin Lee Graham's book "Dove". The cruising world is changing and quickly. If you want to get out there and see "hidden treasures" then you have to go now!
Send me a message if you guys are interested in hearing more, have any questions, or just want to vent at one of us Youtubers (haha)