Living on a Self-Sufficient Sailboat for 10 Years + FULL TOUR

what we really experience about cruising isbeing able to take our house and all its creature comforts and go to an extremelydesolate location where we can have the entire coast to ourselves and living offthe grid so we have dello setup that once we have provisioned and fueled upwe can be off the grid for anywhere from three to six months you know we shape ourown capability with solar and air we form our own ocean with a desalination plantwe have onboard and we have enough food storage to support us for a long timeand so you know we can have a very low impact on the environment we can movethe boat around with the influence of high winds and the brave and it’s incrediblysustainable and fulfilling behavior to travel and live over the course of the entire trip tenyears we’ve voyaged Dulles $83,000 miles which is the equivalent of clique theEarth at the equator merely over three times we’ve inspected six out of the sevencontinents and skippered in every major ocean in the world my specify is KarenChapman and I am endure and raised in Sweden my mention is Brian Chapman and Iwas raised in Flagstaff Arizona this is a little Sierra Abbott Troutman she issix months old-time and she is a little sea babyshe adoration the ocean and she cherishes sailboats huh Sierra yeah I’m originallya software engineer but now I am a full-time sailor and YouTube video makerI knew nothing at all about voyaging but I predict a lot of records I predict lots ofblogs and I came up with a four-year plan mostly at the end of that contrive II sold everything I owned I sold my house I bought a sailboat listed Ellisand I taken away from on what was supposed to be an 18 -month sailing trip headedtowards New Zealand I was studying Landscape Architecture in Australia andwent on a backpacking junket to New Zealand where I fulfill Brian and he askedme if I wanted to go skippering for the weekend and that was nine years ago nowWow yeah I never left I “ve never” sailed before and it was absolutelylife-changing I fell in love with it straightawayand of course fell in love with Brian sue welcome to our residence Dullesshe is a 53 -foot sloop rig ketch which means that she has two masts and 1/4 dayand right now we’re in the cockpit of Dulles which is like the psyche of theboat is how I like to think of it this is our navigation and steering stationwhat I been fucking loving it is the helm is super protected so we can sit here wecan drive here we have an excellent view and you can stay safe you can stay dryyou can stay very comfortable even when the conditions are wet and completelyhandle all the voyages and drive the boat back here we have some more sailcontrols all in the cockpit so to voyage Delos we actually never have to leavethis area which constitutes her a very safe boat when we’re voyaging short-handed andwhen the weather comes bad or you’re voyage at nighttime you don’t want toleave the cockpit and gamble precipitating overboard so it’s a very cool area whenwe’re not sail this is also where we spend most of our time so this happensto be really our outside hall our living room and everything sort of allrolled into one so welcoming to our kitchen this isreally a one-man kitchen or a 1/1 Lane kitchen he’s not really big enough fortwo parties and it’s kind of restricted which shapes it really gone whoever on theocean text and it’s really bumpy so you can hold yourself in you also havethis so you can clip yourself in so in case it is really roughyou don’t go fine across the whole boat we have everything that you’d find in anormal kitchen I would say we have you know it’s pool settles we have aninduction stove which is very very nice so we don’t have to worry about propaneand stuff we have just a ordinary little oven and it’s all kind of attached to agimbal system so when we’re healing this stave can swing with pretty good forceand we won’t lose dinner on the floor now we have atoaster which is a bit of a comfort and “were having” some fresh potatoes onions andstuff like that things that don’t need to be chilled it’s kind of like apuzzle so everything like the containers and the panshave its region and if you gave it in the wrong place the things won’t fit inthere we also have a cabinet here that is a bunch of random things and it kindof precisely spreads down “youve never” know genuinely what to find down there it’s abit of a surprise here we have you know our containers and our dishes and our saucesyou know it’s nonstop by three this is our fridge yeah for being a bowl I wouldsay it’s a very nice fridge most fridges on crafts are top lading and I have notheard one single good thing about a top loading fridge so he’s very nice when ithas a door and you can have everything like organized in there well not a thingthat I’m extremely happy about it’s our clean machine it’s just asmallest one that you can find on the market mostly however do run it everysecond day to do the diapers for Sierra because we use cloth diapers on her tosave a good deal of scum and I would not want to wash it by hand so I’m very happyabout this piece another boast is her little chair that we have strappedin right here so she can sit here and munch and be part of you know like usmaking dinner and nonsense like that this is the navigation communication andelectronic station on Delos this is our single sideband radio so this is a hamradio and it allows us to communicate via expression and also an analog modem viaemail or thousands of miles so if all the communication systems ever go downand Armageddon happens we can still talk to other beings out there we have ourVHF radio that allows us to communicate it likeclose intervals basically line-of-sight boat instruments this passes us our speedand the penetration and then down here this is maybe the craziest thing that most boatsaren’t going to have this is the server rack that I positioned for the satellitecommunication system so this is what allows us to basically rafter Internet tous from infinite anywhere in the world we have a couple of safety devices so fireextinguisher and this isn’t EPIRBs a stands for emergency position indicatingradio beacon so for ever sailing in the middle of the ocean and we have alife-threatening situation the craft is on fire the craft is capsizing somethinglike that we can activate this by pulling this cord in the back it has abuilt-in GPS and it channels its own position and our boat honour and who weare – is satellite in arena and then it’s picked up by the closest maritimeAuthority and they will route like a Coast Guard if they’re accessible or acontainer send or a cargo ship or something to try and help us so overhere this is our water gauge so it’s super simplewe carry a thousand liters of irrigate on Delos right now we have 500 liters andwhen we fill our getaway it’s enough spray to last-place us for almost a monththis water maker is capable of stirring 200 liters or approximately 50 USgallons an hour so this is our living room this is basically where we do mostof the things when we’re inside of the boat you know eating we work here youknow lounge around you can fit a lot of beings which is very nice and we have alot of crew on board one other thing that I truly desire with dolls is that wehave so much food storage this is all food and nonsense and if youhere inside the cell phone we have freezers it’s a bit empty right nowbecause we haven’t shopped in about a month but it is really really cool tohave freezes like this because if we catch really big fish or if we’re goingoff grid for a long time you know it’s important to have some good food frozenso we have two of those on the two sides of the sofa on this surface right now isSierra’s Plenty area as she’s getting bigger it’s been a bit challenging withher starting to climb over things and material so we have sown a little theydon’t like to call it enclose but it’s a playpen so we can close this up she canstill be part of the action because you can see through it we can leave her inthere if we need to do something like change the sails or something is goingon where she needs to be put in a safe place this is where we applied her do youthink she likes it yeah so if you lift this up this canned food milks all thefloors actually face-lift up and it’s depth builder so all the canned foods we namethem all so you can easily see what’s inside and we take the labels off toprevent the spread of cockroaches so that’s the procedure but it works welland we don’t have a cockroach’s right now which is very nice one of the thingsthat I “ve never” “ve thought about” when I firstly moved on to Delos 9 years ago waswhen you go off grid and you run out of food that’s itthere’s no more getting more oh you’re out there there is no store close to youand I retain when we first sailed up into like the islands in Indonesia andit was very remote and we loped out of tomatoes we passed out of eggs we passed outof all fresh veggies and we were eating for the last really, monthwe were eating cans, it was a eye opener for me.Her for me we invested most of our timeanchored about 10% is voyaging and 90% is a tanker on average we voyage about 8,000 nautical miles per year and when we’re at fasten we tend to try and stay out ofactual port ports like lieu like marinas where there’s a lot of barges andrestaurants and prohibits like it’s cool every once in a while but number one youspend a lot of coin in places like that and number two we tend to like being onremote bereft plazas our plans for the you really depend on the condition wetravel by the wind and the currents of the ocean and so looking at the seasonsahead of us is crucial both for our security but too for our comfortwe’ve had a sixty people miscarry on bellos over thelast ten years it’s been a lot and it’s been absolutely incredible right nowit’s only me and Bryan and Sierra which is awesome it’s perfect yeah it’s veryvery nice I think it’s safe to say that we’ve actually never been anywhere thatwe didn’t want to go back to you there’s always something special thatyou can find about the place of the people this is our bedroom in the back of theboat in the stern the two beings it’s pretty perfect we can even stand up wehave a little desk which is really nice to sit back here and direct a little bitwe have a pretty big bed I would say he’s not massive but it’s nice and comfyand cushy if it gets really hot we have two followers so this is basically how wekind of stay cool back here we never actually guided the a/ cunless or in a marina which is not very often we also have a separate bathroomalso called the head on the boat which is kind of weird but this so in now wehave everything you have in a toilet I mull but exactly compact this is where youdo your business and we have an electric motor so if you press this it basicallyfills with soft spray from the ocean and then either gushes it straight out or wealso have a supporting tank so depending on where we are if we’re out in the oceanit just goes up and if we’re in somewhere where is a lot of ships andstuff we keep it in a comprising container “were having” reasonably deep sinks which is reallynice because I do do some handwriting showering so it’s really good to mitt rinse stuffhere and it can also act as a soak for Sierra which II was a little smaller wekind of have a mixed so it’s not a separate shower so “youve had” the toiletthere and then here you use clothespins baby shower in there well this is ourcloset it’s not very big but it’s pretty perfect for usand I’ve actually gone through a lot of our robes and just got rid of a bunchof material and simply have the demands so this is all Brian’s robes on thisside and all of my invests on that side but we do have some smaller cabinets tolike here I have my clothes so to maximize even more storage things thatwe don’t get to like that often is under this bed so under here is all of ourkind of store away stuff that long long-term storage so we have some extrasheets some cold weather stuff cold weather invests and it’s quite a lot ofgood storage down here so I’m gonna have a lot of people on the boat it’s verynice to work back here too and then you pull this little chair out you can sitback here and do your computer things which is not terribly very nice this is avery very good safety feature on Delos and this opening is actually a watertightbulkhead so if we would get a hole in our house in the craft back here we couldclose this entrance and this whole area back here would be separated from the frontof the ship so this could be filled up with sea and we are to be able still float sowe have a few of these on Delos and it’s crucial if you get a hole in the boatand so you don’t sink basically “were having” the forward cabin you can sleep threepeople up here if you’re very very good friendsotherwise it’s good for one person or two parties to sleep on one side and thenyou kind of have this other province on the side that’s a little sofa or where youcan put your stuff and right now because it’s only me and Brian on board we havethis as our kind of workroom we do hemming up now “hes also” our diaperdrying depot right now because the wind flow in here is awesome so itdrives them really fast and up here we also have a second toilet which is veryvery nice to have on board in case one of them flunks which happens quite oftenactually so this is a same as the one in the back and it acts pretty muchexactly the same we earn money by making YouTube videos yeah that’s pretty muchit we have a project and it’s called the Delos project and it’s 100% supported bywhat we refer to as the Delos tribe which are the people that watch ourvideos and we establish some money with things like YouTube ad revenue andaffiliate connections but by far the majority of the support comes from crowdfundingon patreon where people that like the videos and get something out of themsupport them by demonstrating us a few dollars every time we cause a video yeah itwasn’t always like that though like for the first four years approximately five yearsof the tour we were stopping to work and so we would sale and then we’d run outof money and then we would stop to work wherever we happens to be we do randomthings like I would do remote application consulting we’d roster burritos we’d flipburgers work in hospitality whatever it took to to continue sailing for anotherseason how much it costs to live on a boat I’ve met people voyaging around theworld a family of five spending about $ 1,000 a month which is probably at thelow point of the budget Karen and I and Sierra to live and sailon Delos we devote about $2,500 a month and that’s including like our meat ourprovisions fuel for the boat coverage visa costs some things like that whatit’s not including is the actual price of the boat so if you don’t have enoughmoney to buy a boat outright you’re gonna have a mortgage or owe coin andthen that’s gonna add on top yeah Brian spent a lot of time workingon the craft yeah it’s too you know imagine making your houseand shaking it up and articulated it into a sodden saltwater corrosive environment and thenmoving it thousands of miles away from the nearest hardware store or anybodywho could help you fix anything and that’s a little bit what skippering aroundthe world is like and so I depleted a lot of time maintaining the boat in factI’ve needed to become an electrician I’ve needed to become a plumber dieselmechanic toilet repairman air conditioning and refrigerationspecialists and everything in between it’s pretty common for me to spend atleast a few full days a month simply “workin on” restraining the book in shape itcan be incredibly expensive if you don’t do your own work and so I chassis ourmaintenance budget on Delos is about $ 700 a month averaged over the entireyear and if we were not doing the production ourselves I think you could easilytriple that amount just paying mortal a technician to come out and fix things all right now we’re gonna take a look atthe engine room which is really the heart of Delos and it lives in this coollittle door this waterproof door in the bottom of our cockpit so we just want toput it up like that and then we have a ladderwhen you climb down now and formerly you get down here it has everything in itthat really races the boat so on this area we have a fuel tank it’s 600 litersof ga and that’s enough to last-place us three to four months this is our engineso when there’s no wind this is the main diesel engine that we use to propel theboat this is our generator so this is an 8 kilowatt AC generator rolls off dieselfuel and when we need to charge the batteries or if you don’t have enoughsolar or we need to do something that requires a lot of power we can flip thisguy on this is our hot water heater so we have hot water showers on the boatwhich is actually quite a luxury I don’t know if you can see down now this isour dive compressor so we run this off of the generator and it’s what packs ourscuba bottles so we’re totally self-sufficient for diving which istotally cool “were having” the desalinator which turns saltwater into freshdrinking water which allows us to basically stay at sea indefinitelywithout that we’d have to go into port like every few weeks for irrigate andbattery chargers electronics and all sorts of cool stuff but it’s a this isthis is really my power so having a baby on the boat is absolutelyincredible and extremely challenging at the same time yeah if you can imagineyou know maintaining and sailing a boat is a full-time job and then having achild is also a full-time job and so we mostly have two full-time professions well Ithink somebody Wow so this is where Ciara sleeps shehas a little beach tent as a safe locate to sleep in hereand freedom next to it we deepened the nappies right in here above Sierra wehave all our medical material everything you can think about antibiotic if youhave a really bad sprain if “youre supposed to” so some wound up we have pretty mucheverything EpiPens so under here we have eight 100 amp hour artilleries it’s a 24 volt organisation so this is I guess you could call this our back hall really we havea nice big-hearted province on the floor where we can sort of lounge and loosen back here wehave some solar panels we actually have 1400 watts of solar power on Delos whichallows us to power the entire barge freezers fridges all the electronicseverything off of solar and too wind power so we have two wind generators uphere they each create 400 watts of power so when the wind is blowing thoseguys are revolving and it’s spouting in powerthis monstrous saucer right here is our Internet so this is a gimballedsatellite dome and it allows us to get broadband speed internet anywhere we gowhich given our line of work is absolutely fantastic now let’s go checkout the storey deck of Delos so this is Delosmainmast and where the mizzen is 52 feet high-pitched the main pole is 66 feet high sitsover a six fib structure so it’s pretty high-priced this is our mainsail it’s on aroller furling and such is electrical engines with gearboxes that actuallycontrol how the voyage comes out and how the sail rolls out of the mastthat’s what’s controlled by those buttons in the cockpit we are therefore never haveto leave the cockpit to come up front and reef the skippers or lean them in or putthem out so it’s a super cool system you really can’t be scared of meridians whenyou live on a boat otherwise go to the top of the mast you’ll be introuble you know when you’re in a house and astorm comes by and the wind and the torrent starts it could be a exceedingly cozyexperience on a boat it can sometimes be a exceedingly harrowing knowledge because youknow your ear homes is in peril you know exactly the other night we were hereand we woke up at midnight because we felt this abrupt thud and high winds hadshifted just enough to push Delos into shallow water so instead of floatinghappily at her fasten she was now bouncing off the bottom of the oceanwhich is a terrible ghastly scenario to be in so here we are midnight middle ofthe night gales blowin it’s raining and we have to get dressed we have to gooutside and we have to pick up the fasten and we have to move the barge todeeper irrigate and so that’s that’s that’s a challenge you’re always sort of livingon guard and on the edge for situations like thatso because we live on a boat things are a little bit different than a house inthis locker we have survival equips for worst-case scenarios so here we havea giant manual gush so if we start taking on water we start pumping for ourlives literally now we have a life raft so this is a six serviceman life raft it’s Ottoinflating if anything were to happen we pull the life raft out of the craft wethrow it over we bind it on and it has enough supplies to last for I thinkseven days for six parties we have spare water so we have 40 litresof fresh drinking water in case anything happens to our main water supply and wealso have a ditch kit and so a dyke kit contains all the affords that you wouldwant to make with you if you abandon carry so we have spare VHF radio we haveflashlights we have menu we have even more water in now we have fishing gearwe have signal mirrors if worst-case scenario were to come we take all thisstuff out and then we would abandon ship with it and it would allow us tohopefully be rescued and survive long enough for somebody to find us I utterly enjoy lives on a boat it’sextremely special and I see one of the things I adoration the most is that you areso connected with the brave and sort you literally live outside all the timewe’ve skippered in the tropics for quite a number of years and we’re really lookingforward to exploring some locates that are different for us so we are gonnasail up to Greenland and up to the Arctic and play around in the frost for alittle bit this summer it feels a little bit terrifying in fact when I thinkabout it it applies like that that knot in my belly and throughout this trip overthe years every time that we’ve made a decision that sort of throws that thatknot in our paunches it’s turned out to be an incredible experience so we’regonna set a heater on Delos we’re gonna initiate the craft up for cold weather panwe’re gonna head up north and participate what it’s like delight share this video if youliked it also be sure to subscribe to exploring alternatives and check out ourplaylists for more fibs like this thanks for watching


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