In Defense of the Sailing YouTuber
My name is Breena and I am a YouTuber. I’m 30 years old, a millennial, so millennial, in fact that our boat’s name is the Millennial Falcon. My husband and I started sailing when we were 20 years old. We had never sailed before when we bought our first boat
, a 30 foot Irwin Citation
, Lorax. Since then we have sold, bought and sailed 3 boats. That is all to say, sailing is our passion and we strive to do it for the rest of our lives. We work
construction in the off season in Alaska
and sail for as long as the money
holds out. This past season we started a youtube channel.
Never before have I seen the sailing community so polarized over a subject as young cruisers starting a youtube channel…actually, that’s not true anchoring
may be more polarizing, but that’s a different article entirely! It surprised me, as cruisers are often the type to say , “I don’t get it, but hey, everyone has their thing.” And yet on this subject I saw people, young and old, taking a very hard lined stance. On the one hand people felt like it was a way that people were, inevitably trying to make money
while sailing they saw it as panhandling, and on the opposite side of the spectrum, people were excited to get insight into life on a sailboat.
For a while, I was on the fence. I watched a lot of the youtube channels that have become so well known within the sailing community and slowly, I found myself rooting for them, laughing with them and feeling their pain when their anchor
drug. I started to think. These youtube episodes evoke a similar feeling that so many of the articles within Cruising Outpost, Cruising World, Practical Sailor and other blogs and magazines stir within me. I began to look at these short videos in a different light, the new version of article writing.
My husband and I finished our last stint of working, 2 years and took off from Alaska
in search of our next boat
. This time, we started to film ourselves and the whole process. The journey from land to sea, the nitty gritty of boat searching, yacht buying
, refitting and getting her in the water
. The filming process was at the same time more work
than I had anticipated; filming, editing, and uploading and yet so rewarding. I found myself excited to document our life, as a sort of journal and to share that with friends and family
. The thought of it growing to other cruisers and sailors or soon to be sailors, was awesome. We are writing our story through the camera
lens and putting it out there in the most prolific way possible, YouTube.
I know many have argued that it is a cry for money, a stunt for millennials to avoid working and travel instead, but I implore those to look at You Tubers making money in a different light. To see their efforts as simply a different form of sharing this lifestyle with a broader audience, and similar to the writing of an article or selling photos, or charging
for a carb clean on an outboard
, selling their craft of constructing the bits of life that make up living aboard
into a short 7-15 minute trailer
giving us insight into the different lives we lead on the sea. Despite the fact we are all out here sailing, even liveaboards have different stories to share. All unique and diverse, just as those of us that have chosen land life. So, next time we see the success of a YouTube sailor I would hope you remember the articles you read in sailing magazines, remember the insight they allowed you into this alternative lifestyle and just test the waters to see if these short films make you feel the same. With that being said, you should totally subscribe to my channel “Litzenbergers!” No, but seriously, we’re all out here together, let’s start supporting our fellow live aboards and creators.