I've enjoyed watching a lot of the well known sailing vlogs (Delos, La Vagabonde, RAN, Uma, WhiteSpotPirates) and I like to see both the sailing and the exploring. Lately it seems like quite a few of them, especially the newer channels, have all been hitting the same places in the Caribbean
which is starting to feel a bit repetitive. Actually, I've been binge watching various channels so probably they are not all there at the same time, maybe it's just me watching them at the same time!
Anyway, I've been hunting for sailors that venture a little more off the beaten track and have found some:
Free Range Sailing
- wild Australian coastline, the captain
clearly has serious skills in both sailing and bushcraft. They frequently venture into shallow shark and crocodile infested waters to fish
and explore the rugged Aussie terrain. (This couple only recently joined Patreon because some subscribers were flat out asking them how they could give them money!)
- this is a fun Australian family
of 4 that is currently meadering through southeast Asia
I've just started in on Sailing FollowtheBoat
which I've found fairly interesting.
I'm glad there are lots of new sailing vlogs starting up, it's fun to have lots of options to watch.
. One thing I've noticed about my own personal expectations that has developed over the past two years of following various sailing vlogs is that my expectations for production values have increased a lot. I think my baseline has risen and now I want them all to have: excellent quality HD video with image stabilization, clear audio without wind
or overpowering background music
, lots of cuts to different multi-camera angles, drone shots and B-roll, and of course fun, interesting, attractive people sailing and exploring. Basically, I now expect near broadcast quality because I know it's possible and some channels are achieving it. No one HAS to go to this level of effort in order to have a YouTube channel but I sense that it is quickly becoming the new standard that is needed to compete.
I don't mind the concept
of Patreon support, it's optional after all. If I had a large income
I might donate some money
to a few channels but my budget
is rather tight these days.
One thing I don't really understand though is why so many people continue donating to the top earning channels? Now that those channels have achieved substantial success wouldn't it make sense for a lot of their patrons to drop their support of the top one percent and instead redistribute their Patreon money
toward some of the smaller channels in order to help them get started and build a wider range of options?
Though I don't have extra money to hand out, I do try to encourage new channels that seem to have interesting people at the core
positive messages and sometimes friendly advice
regarding how to improve their content in order to draw in more subscribers. I think that ultimately a good channel needs interesting people to succeed. If all you saw was just the sailboat, water
and tropical coastlines and no people interacting, it would get boring pretty fast no matter how excellent the videography.