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

what we really enjoy about cruising isbeing able to take our house and all its creature comforts and go to an extremelydesolate location where we can have the part beach 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 compile ourown power with solar and gale we form our own water 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 dominance of high winds and the climate and it’s incrediblysustainable and fulfilling highway to travel and live over the course of the entire trip tenyears we’ve voyaged Dulles $83,000 miles which is the equivalent of circling theEarth at the equator just over three times we’ve called six out of the sevencontinents and sailed in every major ocean in the world my mention is KarenChapman and I am accept and raised in Sweden my word is Brian Chapman and Iwas raised in Flagstaff Arizona this is a little Sierra Abbott Troutman she issix months old and she is a little sea babyshe enjoys the oceans and seas and she adores sailboats huh Sierra yeah I’m originallya software engineer but now I am a full-time sailor and YouTube video makerI knew good-for-nothing at all about skippering but I speak a lot of notebooks I read lots ofblogs and I been put forward with a four-year plan mostly following the adjournment of that strategy II sold everything I owned I sold my home I bought a sailboat mentioned Ellisand I took off 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 journey to New Zealand where I gratify 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” skippered before and it was absolutelylife-changing I fell in love with it straightawayand of course fallen 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 ability 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 sail Delos we actually never have to leavethis area which manufactures her a very safe boat when we’re sailing short-handed andwhen the brave get bad or you’re sail at nighttime you don’t want toleave the cockpit and risk descending overboard so it’s a very cool area whenwe’re not voyage this is also where we spend most of our time so this happensto be really our outside hall our living room and everything kind 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 people and it’s kind of shrink which procreates it really good whoever on theocean passageway and it’s really rough so you can hold yourself in you too 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 submerges we have aninduction stove which is very very nice so we don’t have to worry about propaneand stuff we have just a normal 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 here we have atoaster which is a bit of a luxury and we have 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 cups and the panshave its situate and if you placed 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 simply diversifies down you never know actually what to find down there it’s abit of a surprise here we have you know our bowls and our plates 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 ships are top loading 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 soak machine it’s just asmallest one that you can find on world markets basically however do run it everysecond day to do the napkins for Sierra because we use cloth nappies on her tosave a good deal of rubbish and I would not want to wash it by hand so I’m very happyabout this piece another piece is her little chair that we have strappedin right here so she can sit here and feed 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 articulation and likewise 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 people out there we have ourVHF radio that allows us to communicate it likeclose lengths basically line-of-sight boat instruments this throws us our speedand the magnitude and then down now this is maybe the craziest thing that most boatsaren’t going to have this is the server rack that I lay for the satellitecommunication system so this is what allows us to mostly beam Internet tous from gap 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 barge is on fire the barge is subsiding somethinglike that we can activate this by pulling this line in the back it has abuilt-in GPS and it channels our position and our boat reputation 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 available or acontainer ship or a baggage 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 spray on Delos right now we have 500 liters andwhen we fill our getaway it’s enough spray to last us for almost a monththis water maker is capable of doing 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 parties which is very nice and we have alot of gang on board one other thing that I truly love with dolls is that wehave so much food storage this is all food and substance 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 both sides of the sofa on this area right now isSierra’s Plenty area as she’s getting bigger it’s been a bit challenging withher starting to climb over things and substance 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 skippers or something is goingon where she needs to be put in a safe plaza this is where we placed her do youthink she likes it yeah so if you elevated this up this canned food milks all thefloors certainly face-lift up and it’s deep developer 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 had never 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 firstly sailed up into like small island developing in Indonesia andit was very remote and we feed out of tomatoes we flowed out of eggs we raced outof all fresh veggies and we were eating for the last truly, monthwe were eating cans, it was a eye opener for me.Her for me we spent most of our timeanchored about 10% is voyaging and 90% is a tanker on average we voyage about 8,000 air mile per year and when we’re at secure we tend to try and stay out ofactual port ports like residences like marinas where there’s a lot of crafts andrestaurants and disallows like it’s cool every once in a while but number one youspend a lot of money in places like that and number two we tend to like being onremote gloomy residences our a blueprint for the you really depend on the forecast 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 likewise 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 grim the two people it’s pretty perfect we are able to even stand up wehave a little desk which is really nice to sit back here and manipulate a little bitwe have a pretty big bed I would say he’s not big but it’s nice and comfyand cushy if it gets really hot we have two devotees so this is basically how wekind of stay cool back here we never really run 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 here wehave everything you have in a bathroom I visualize but time compact this is where youdo your business and we have an electric motor so if you press this it basicallyfills with soft irrigate from the ocean and then either pumps it straight out or wealso have a maintaining barrel 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 holding tank “were having” quite deep capsizes which is reallynice because I do do some side moving so it’s really good to handwriting dry stuffhere and it can also act as a bathtub for Sierra which II was a little smaller wekind of have a compounded so it’s not a separate shower so “youve had” the toiletthere and then now “youre using” clothespins newborn 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 invests and just got rid of a bunchof substance and precisely have the demands so this is all Brian’s clothes on thisside and all of my invests on that side but we do have some smaller boards tolike now 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 drapes 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 gather this little chair out you can sitback here and do your computer things which is not very very nice this is avery very good safety feature on Delos and this door is actually a watertightbulkhead so if we would get a hole in our house in the boat back here we couldclose this entrance and this whole area back here would be separated from the frontof the boat so this could be filled up with ocean 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 we have the forward room 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 sphere 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 here this is also our diaperdrying station right now because the wind flow in here is awesome so itdrives them really fast and up now we also have a second toilet which is veryvery nice to have on board in case one of them neglects which happens quite oftenactually so this is a same as the one in the back and it labours 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 make some fund with things like YouTube ad revenue andaffiliate relates but by far the majority of the aid comes from crowdfundingon patreon where people that like the videos and get something out of themsupport them by uttering us a few dollars each time we cause a video yeah itwasn’t always like that though like for the first four years nearly five yearsof the expedition 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 software consulting we’d rolling 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 skippering around theworld a family of five spending about $ 1,000 a month which is probably at thelow aim of the budget Karen and I and Sierra to live and sailon Delos we deplete about $2,500 a month and that’s including like our menu ourprovisions ga for the boat assurance visa fees 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 fund andthen that’s gonna add on top yeah Brian spent a lot of time workingon the craft yeah it’s too you know imagine taking your houseand shaking it up and employed it into a moisten saltwater astringent 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 voyaging aroundthe world is like and so I depleted a good deal of experience 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 periods a month only “workin on” preserving the book in shape itcan be incredibly expensive if you don’t do your own work and so I illustration ourmaintenance budget on Delos is about $ 700 a month averaged over the entireyear and if we were not doing the task ourselves I think you could easilytriple that quantity time compensating soul 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 here and formerly you get down here it has everything in itthat really flows the boat so on this line-up we have a fuel tank it’s 600 litersof oil and that’s enough to last 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 flows off dieselfuel and when we need to charge the artilleries or if you don’t have enoughsolar or we need to do something that requires a lot of dominance 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 crowds ourscuba bottles so we’re totally self-sufficient for diving which istotally cool we have the desalinator which turns saltwater into freshdrinking water which allows us to mostly stay at sea indefinitelywithout that we’d have to go into port like every few weeks for ocean andbattery chargers electronics and all sorts of cool stuff but it’s a this isthis is really my role 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 basically have two full-time occupations well Ithink somebody Wow so this is where Ciara sleeps shehas a little beach tent as a safe residence to sleep in hereand right next to it we changed the napkins right in now above Sierra wehave all our medical stuff everything you can think about antibiotic if youhave a really bad sprain if you need to so some wound up we have pretty mucheverything EpiPens so under now we have eight 100 amp hour batteries it’s a 24 volt organization so this is I guess you could call this our back porch genuinely we havea nice big neighborhood on the floor where we can sort of lounge and relax back here wehave some solar panels we actually have 1400 watts of solar energy on Delos whichallows us to power the part boat freezers fridges all the electronicseverything off of solar and likewise wind power so we have two wind generators uphere they each create 400 watts of dominance so when high winds is blowing thoseguys are spinning and it’s pumping in powerthis monstrous dish 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 the central mast is 66 feet high-pitched sitsover a six tale construct so it’s pretty high-pitched this is our mainsail it’s on aroller furling and these are electric engines with gearboxes that actuallycontrol how the sail “re coming” and how the voyage moves 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 shoal the voyages or position them in or putthem out so it’s a super cool system you really can’t be scared of statures 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 downpour starts it could be a unusually cozyexperience on a boat it can sometimes be a exceedingly harrowing suffer because youknow your ear houses is in peril you know simply the other night we were hereand we woke up at midnight because we felt this sudden 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 cruel cruel scenario to be in so here we are midnight middle ofthe night hurricanes blowin it’s raining and we have to get dressed we have to gooutside and we have to pick up the fix and we have to move the barge todeeper ocean 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 affords for worst-case scenarios so here we havea stupendous manual run so if we start taking on water we start pumping for ourlives literally now we have a life raft so this is a six somebody life raft it’s Ottoinflating if anything were to happen we draw the life raft out of the boat wethrow it over we hold it on and it has fairly supplies to last-place 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 ditch kit contains all the renders that you wouldwant to take with you if you vacate send so we have spare VHF radio we haveflashlights “were having” nutrient 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 adoration living on a boat it’sextremely special and I anticipate one of the things I desire the most is that you areso connected with the weather and mood 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 regions that are different for us so we are gonnasail up to Greenland and up to the Arctic and play around in the ice for alittle bit this summer it feels a little bit terrifying in fact when I thinkabout it it employs like that that braid in my tummy and throughout this trip overthe years every time that we’ve made a decision that sort of introduces that thatknot in our paunches it’s turned out to be an incredible experience so we’regonna threw a heater on Delos we’re gonna cause the craft up for cold weather panwe’re gonna head up north and learn what it’s like satisfy share this video if youliked it also be sure to subscribe to exploring alternatives and check out ourplaylists for more storeys like this thanks for watching

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