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Daily Inspiration: Meet Sailing Zephyr

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sailing Zephyr

Hello Sailing Zephyr, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
We are an adventurous couple from Australia who bought a sailboat to explore the world.

With zero clue on how to sail, we left our jobs, sold everything we had, and bolted for a sailboat we bought, sight unseen, in the Caribbean.

Our adventure was only ever meant to last a year with our intention to sail back to Australia.

3.5 years and 20,000nm later, we still love the adventure and it feels like we are only getting started.

We’ve managed to cross the Atlantic twice, explore the incredible sites of the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Central America, and the Bahamas and now we are spending the summer in the USA making some much-needed upgrades/repairs for the next 3 years of cruising.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
For the most part, our travels have been smooth sailing and we have been very lucky to see and experience all the amazing things we have.

But for anyone that chooses to live aboard a sailboat and cruise full-time, you are challenged on a daily basis. Even basic things such as power and water can sometimes become worrisome. Weather will often have you changing plans or even sitting up all night making sure your home is not dragging away.

Then there are the challenges of living away from friends and family in a confined space with your partner. If you ever want to find out if your relationship is solid… spend 6 months living on a sailboat remotely.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Our work, in a way, has become intertwined with our lifestyle.

The boat is work, blood, sweat, and tears kind of way. She is in constant need of repairs, upgrades, and maintenance alone can keep us up all night. But, we love it, she has become not only a mobile home but also a lifestyle that we have worked hard for and wouldn’t change it in a heartbeat.

The creative aspect of our work has become documenting our travels, life aboard, adventures, mishaps, etc. into a weekly video that we post on Youtube. This has been a really fun way to document our travels but also allows us to get creative and earn a bit of money along the way.

So maybe we end by discussing what matters most to you and why.
James – To me what matters most is that we are able to inspire other people that are thinking of following their dreams to do so.

Go for it! We did, we didn’t have lots of money, we just went for it. Left everything we knew behind and took a leap. Has it been worth it? Most definitely.

Nat – What matters most to me is that we keep doing what makes us happy, for me, it is being able to experience this lifestyle with family and friends. To see the smiles on their faces makes it all worthwhile.

Another huge one for me is being able to use the boat and to an extent the weekly vlogs to create awareness for our oceans. They are under constant threat and I want to be able to help and educate them at the same time.

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