Friday, 23 October 2020

Inches from disaster on the Reef - 2020 Episode 6

 

Episode 6 is now available to view on our Dreamtime Sail YouTube Channel


The cameras were running as we very, very narrowly escaped the clutches of a raging current trying to smash our boat onto the coral reef at Lady Musgrave Island. We still get cold chills watching the heart stopping footage of our near shipwreck.

Sailing to the island, the largest pod of dolphins we’ve seen on the Great Barrier Reef put on a magical display around the bow of ‘Our Dreamtime’.

And from Our Galley Karen shows how to make a very simple, but stunning, treat for ‘Sundowners’ get togethers.

WATCH IT HERE


Monday, 12 October 2020

Dreamtime Sail VLOG - Episode 5 now ready to view.

 This fortnight's Dreamtime Sail YouTube video is now up and ready to watch.

We leave Kingfisher Bay at Fraser island sooner than anticipated to sail across Hervey Bay to the Burnett River to shelter from forecast high winds and heavy rain but we catch so many mackerel along the way we have to stop fishing. That’s all before our engine conks out miles from land and, of course, there’s not enough wind to sail.

From Our Galley Karen provides her Top Tips to manage Trash so your boat won’t be overrun with rubbish on extended passages.

And finally, the sky comes alive to announce better weather on the horizon so we will be able to head out to the first of our reef stops at Lady Musgrave Island. -

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You can see Episode 5 HERE



Friday, 2 October 2020

The Truth about YouTube Sailing Channels and $$$$

 



YouTube stars are seen as today’s self-made celebrities—people who have earned an audience by creating content geared toward teaching, entertaining, reviewing, and being awesome on the internet. Most of these small-screen celebs do what they do just to do it, to scratch an itch for creating things and being in front of an audience.

 

These young Aussies bought a run down boat in Airlie Beach and learnt how to sail on the go. In the time since they have dramatically improved their boat, their YouTube videos and their sailing skills.
SEE THEM HERE

At first, you may probably think these people upload their content for free. Yes! YouTube is FREE for you to subscribe and watch all sorts of content at no charge. But as a viewer you are probably helping put a few cents in the pockets of those creators, which is no bad thing.

Sure, these self-made celebs, may have started out putting their vids up for free for a bit of fun in their early days, but we’re here to tell you that some of YouTube’s most-watched channels are making money—and a lot of it. But are they all making the big money or is it just a small few.

From a humble beginning, Sailing La Vagabonde are now the biggest Sailing Superstars on YouTube with almost 1.5 million subscribers generating a very healthy income. SEE THEM HERE

So, exactly how much do YouTubers make?  That’s what we’re going to tell you. How is it earned and how much?

According to Social Blade.com, YouTubers can make anywhere between $0.01 to $0.03 per view through Adsence, with an average of $0.018 per view. However, the amount of money to be earned from YouTube.com depends on a variety of factors, such as:

  • The number of subscribers the channel has
  • The number of hours their video’s have been watched
  • The number of views the video receives
  • The number of clicks an ad receives
  • Ad quality
  • Adblockers
  • Video length
  • and whether the add is watched entirely

With the average YouTube pay rate hovering between $0.01 and $0.03 for an ad view, a YouTuber can make around $18 per 1,000 ad views, which comes out to $3 to $5 per 1,000 video views. This means that to earn only $100 per day, you will need about 50,000 views per day.

 However, you are not eligible to join the ‘YouTube Partner Program’ to earn money from videos until your channel has 1000 Subscribers and a combined 4000 hours of watch time in the previous 12 months (a feat in itself that leaves most new channels penniless for a long time).

 Subscribers are people who choose to follow a particular YouTube Channel so that they can have easy access to the latest videos. When a video is posted, it will automatically show up on the subscribers homepage. If they hit the bell it's even better as YouTube will automatically send a notification to them indicating that a new video has been posted. YouTube does not pay based on the number of subscribers the channel has.

So how long does it take to get 1,000 YouTube Subscribers? It takes an average of 22 months for a new channel to reach 1,000 subscribers on YouTube according to data from TubeFilter. That's if the channel is uploading videos consistently and using some best practices.

 Reaching the 4000 hours of watch time this is where the real challenge comes. 4000 hours is a lot. It's 240,000 minutes or to put it in another way, it's a single person watching your content continuously 24-7 for 166.6 days. If you publish your first video on YouTube, and you get just an hour of watch time out of it, over the first week, you could be pretty satisfied. YouTube requires the 4,000 hours to have been amassed in a 365 day period up until the current date.

 So for example, after 22 months of posting a video on a weekly basis, an average new channel now has 1000 subscribers, .... Congratulations. They have hit the first threshold. However, they still need 4000 hours of viewing time in the previous 12 month period, not the average of 22 months it took to reach the subscriber threshold .

 If you prove to be a megastar and reach 4,000 hours of watch time in say three months (umm, Wow!), so long as you also have at least 1,000 subscribers you’re then eligible to apply for the YouTube Partner Program. Note the keyword being “eligible” — you still have to apply and be approved before you can actually start earning anything out of your content.

 

To be accepted into the YouTube Partners Program, you must:

 Have at least 1,000 subscribers

  • Reach 4,000 valid public watch hours in the past 12 months (you can’t play your video constantly they know who is watching)
  • Sign and agree to the terms and conditions
  • Have an AdSense account
  • Get reviewed and approved

Adsense will pay 68% of the revenue, so for ad or ads shown in videos for an earn of $1000 the creator will receive $680. BUT, in order to get paid by YouTube, you have to accrue earnings of $100 before any payment is made. This means around 20,000 ad views.

You may have heard that you’ll make one dollar per thousand views or that it’s $1,000 per Million Views. Some say it’s $5 per thousand views but that’s very misleading. Video views themselves DO NOT equal money. If viewers watch a video, but no one watches the advertisements through, only a very, very small amount is paid for an ‘Impression’ (meaning people saw the ad flash up but then hit skip so the sdvertiser did not get full exposure).

So if were asking about making money from views, we’re asking the wrong question. We should be asking, “How much ENGAGEMENT does it take to make money on YouTube?”  YouTubers make money based on people’s engagement with the ads. Engagement here means watching an ad right through or better still, clicking on the advertisers link. YouTube Advertising is managed in the Adwords platform. Advertisers choose ads on a Cost Per Click (CPC) or Cost Per View (CPV) model.

So here are some estimated ranges of earnings on 10 randomly chosen Sailing YouTube Channels that you may subscribe to, watch, know about or have heard of:

These statistics were correct at time of writing (Sept 2020) and were gained from Social Blade. You’ll quickly notice the huge difference between the estimated minimum and maximum earnings. In a nutshell the minimum figure is based on impressions only with ALL viewers skipping the adds while the max is estimated on every viewer watching every advert and or clicking on links. The reality is no doubt probably somewhere in the lower quarter to half of the ranges shown.



Follow the Boat

471 Uploads

52.2k Subscribers

234.5k Views for last 30 days

$76-1.2k Estimated monthly earnings.


Free Range Sailing

172 Uploads

95.1k Subscribers

504.6K Views for last 30 days

$164 - 2.6k Estimated monthly earnings.

Sailing Ruby Rose

241 Uploads

121k Subscribers

480.05K Views for last 30 days

$156 - 2.5k Estimated monthly earnings.


Sailing Nandji

207 Uploads

109k Subscribers

510.02k Views for last 30 days

$166 - 2.7k Estimated monthly earnings.


Sailing Catalpa

229 Uploads

27k Subscribers

75.5k Views for last 30 days

$25 - 393 Estimated monthly earnings.


Sailing La Vagabonde

395 Uploads

1.46m Subscribers

5.16m Views for last 30 days

$1.7k - 26.9k Estimated monthly earnings


Sailing SV Delos

410 Uploads

600k Subscribers

3.66m Views for last 30 days

$1.2k - 19k Estimated monthly earnings


Sailing into Freedom

301 Uploads

76.4k Subscribers

801.3k Views last 30 days

$260 - 4.2k Estimated monthly earnings


Sailing Yacht Florence

83 uploads

61.5k Subscribers

163.8k Views last 30 days

$53 - 852 Estimated monthly earnings


Expedition Evans

9 Uploads

46.2k Subscribers

1.03m Views last 30 days

$336 - 5.4k Estimated monthly earnings

 


And this is little old us

Dreamtime Sail

9 uploads

372 Subscribers

2.7k Views for last 30 days

$0.80 - $14 Estimated monthly earnings

(Based on our current figures if we were in the YouTube Partner Program. We are currently averaging 130 new subscribers a month which would see us reach the 1000 threshold in another 5 months –  Reaching 4000 hours of view time in 12 months requires 333 hours per month, we gained 331 hours in the last 28 days so are almost on target)

Do you watch every ad that is in your favourite YouTube video? If you said no, well you are in the vast majority of people. So you can realistically say Adsense earnings are nowhere near the top estimates. If you are one of those people who do watch the ads, congratulations you are helping these YouTubers continue their creative work. If you love what you are watching there is no harm in watching an ad or two in appreciation of the time and effort it took to give you 20 minutes or so of entertainment.

You can now see the estimated earning potential for these YouTubers on a monthly basis. But before you go wow let’s start a YouTube Channel sit back and reap in the rewards there are several things you should ask yourself.

The Dreamtime Sail crew editing another Episode at Foxy's Bar on Fitzroy Island
while the boat sits on a mooring as high winds blow by.

Do you know how to produce, record and edit a watchable compelling 15-20 minute video? If you already have these skills it is fair play to you, and you will be on your way to producing slick professionally edited videos. Most vloggers, learn along the way and usually get crucified whilst in the early stages. This brings us to the equipment side. Sure you can vlog with an iPhone but, in reality, to compete with the best you need good equipment. Salt air is horrendous and you will find you will be replacing equipment more than you think. We currently have two DJI Osmo waterproof action cams, a Sony FDR-AX33 video camera, a video capable Canon DSLR, a DJI Mavic Pro Drone that we are still learning to fly and recently we purchased a Rode Wireless GO microphone kit as our main negative feed back from our earlier episodes was regarding the audio quality. We also have two laptops for editing plus an Epidemic Sound subscription for music that can be used with our videos on YouTube and Social Media.

 

Just like boat gear, it would be very easy to spend tens of thousands of dollars on the latest wizbang gadgets to make YouTube videos

Are you prepared to spend time recording and editing that you could be spending enjoying yourself and relaxing? There’s a rough rule of thumb in television that says it takes an hour to edit one minute of television and this applies pretty well to Vlogging as well. Then add the time spent planning, shooting footage and filing video clips in a sensible method onto hard drives and the whole YouTube experience can become quite time consuming. This is more so if you are set on publishing a new episode very week and keeping the timing close to current.

 

We're determined to make sure we keep enjoying the cruising life rather than spending all our time recording and editing.

In our case we decided very early on we are not going to try to keep our published videos current. While we are out cruising, we are concentrating on enjoying that experience and are quite happy to limit our videos to every second week even if they are a few months behind LIVE. We are letting footage stack up into a backlog which we will edit and publish when we return south for the summer to escape the cyclone season. In the meantime, we do most of our editing when the weather is bad and we’re anchored up sheltering from wind or whatever. When the weather is good we’re out enjoying it even with cameras in hand.

And the final question ..... Do you want your life exposed? For many it’s about fame and fortune and jolly good luck to them.  They have set out to make YouTube their occupation and plan to rely on it to fund their sailing lifestyle. However, with now literally thousands of Sailing Channels alone, it’s an incredibly competitive market where getting noticed has become paramount. Enter CLICKBAIT. Catchy but often sensationalised or even misleading video titles and of course, the sex sells, skimpy bikini, no bikini thumbnails abound. A few have prospered from this approach but most do not build the loyal viewer base needed to be successful. Rather they attract the casual voyeur who has no interest in much other than having perve and definitely aren’t the type to support a channel either directly or by even watching through an advert or two. They are more likely to be fast forwarding through videos looking for the next glimpse of skin.

 

Clickbait - How a channel doing short day sails only on a McGregor 26 attracts 126,000 subscribers


For others it’s about documenting their life for friends, family or even future generations and simply a pleasurable hobby enjoyed onboard. We fall into that category. We have enjoyed creating a written record of our sailing life since we began cruising ten years ago. Recently we have added YouTube Vlogs to that record. Our main goal is simply to share the lifestyle we’ve come to love so much and, heaven forbid, when our seaborne existence eventually comes to end, have a full colour, action record to jog our failing memories. Having said that, if we were able to recoup some of our equipment costs or supplement or meagre sailing budget with a few bucks from our YouTube we are not going to say no.

What other ways do YouTubers make money?

  • Affiliate links: Have you ever watched a video of a YouTuber reviewing a product? How about one where a YouTuber throws in the name of their “favorite brand”? If so, you’ve experienced affiliate links. Affiliate links involve a YouTuber reviewing or mentioning a product, such as equpment or a service, such as marketing software. When a viewer clicks on the link located in the video description and makes a purchase, the YouTuber will earn a small percentage of that purchase.
  • Merchandise: Whether you follow a popular gamer or a day-to-day vlogger, you’ve probably noticed they opened up shop and created apparel for their loyal fans to purchase. YouTubers who have a large following often create a brand out of their channel and sell things such as shirts, bags, hats, and accessories.
  • Patreon: Patreon is a way to join your favourite creator's community and financially assist them to make the video content you enjoy. Instead of literally throwing money at your screen (trust us, that doesn’t work), you can now pay a few bucks per video that a creator makes.  For example, if you pay $2 per video, and the creator releases 3 videos in February, then your card gets charged a total of $6 that month.  This means the creator gets paid regularly (every time they release something new), and you become a bonafide, real-life patron of the arts.  That’s right--Imagine you, in a long frilly white wig, painted on a 10-foot canvas on the wall of a Victorian mansion.  And imagine your favorite creators making a a couple of pennies doing what they do best… because of you.
  • Sponsorship: Put simply, sponsorship is a mutually beneficial business relationship between two parties, the business (sponsor) and the person (sponsored). Sponsorship may be in the form of cash, donated goods and services or access. In the sailing world equipment is often the big one, think sails, electronics, safety equipment, clothing etc..  These goods and services can become far more valuable than cash support.

 

Regardless of how the creator is earning or not earning the choice is in your hands. If you love their work and get entertainment from their work there is no harm in sharing their work with others via social media, watching an ad or two, becoming a Patreon, buying a published book or merchandise or supporting a sponsor’s business to encourage YouTubers to create more content for your enjoyment.


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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Karen to be Special Guest on Seabbatical Summit LIVE Webinar




Karen is very excited to be the special guest on on Multihull Central's SEAbbatical Summit LIVE webinar this Friday. (Oct 3) 

 Multihull Central says "This week we are very lucky to be joined by Karen Oberg from the YouTube channel, Dreamtime Sail, joining us live from the galley of her yacht in Cairns. If you want to see some amazing cooking onboard a boat then watch a few of their videos and you will find your mouth watering. So today Karen is going to talk to us about firstly provisioning up your yacht, some cooking tips onboard and also how to manage rubbish afterwards." 

 The webinar can be watched LIVE from 12 Noon or replayed anytime afterwards at your convenience. To see a replay of the show go to Multihull Central's YouTube Channel HERE

Friday, 25 September 2020

Great Sandy Straits VLOG now ready to view.

Episode Four of our YouTube Channel VLOG has now been published. It's so full of crabs you'll want to eat it. Shot in Australia's Great Sandy Straits at Fraser Island we catch so many sand and mud crabs Karen enjoys a great challenge coming up with new recipes and ways to serve them. She provides plenty of tips from Our Galley.
A new Government Covid-19 regulation puts our cruising on hold until we can get things sorted but we do finally make our way through the tricky shallow channels of the Great Sandy Straits to Kingfisher Bay. To watch this Episode or our other videos CLICK HERE. If you haven't joined our video virtual crew yet, PLEASE do us a favour and click the THUMBS UP and SUBSCRIBE buttons while your there to help us out with the weird world of YouTube algorithms.

Friday, 18 September 2020

Hobbies Afloat – Because cruising is not about sailing every day.

 A blog by Karen.

 

As fulltime, liveaboard cruisers we spend a lot more time with the anchor down than actually sailing so what do we do when we aren’t underway? Obviously we love exploring the places we visit. That includes ashore plus on and under the water around us but we also spend plenty of time stationary on the boat. This can be when the weather is not so nice but also at times we simply want to chill. That’s where our hobbies come in.

When cruising we spend far more time at anchor than sailing 

Hobbies are an important part of anyone’s life no matter how old you are, but they can become especially important when you have a change in your life circumstances. Retirement is an obvious one but undertaking a sailing/cruising lifestyle is really another of those times when you might need to look at what hobbies you can take onboard with you. If you were someone who played golf twice a week that’s going to come to an end and you may need to find something else to fill that void and offer you the range of mental and physical health benefits that you are accustomed to. A cruising life looks very idealistic to those on the shoreline looking out. Indeed it is a very active lifestyle that keeps us fit and mentally stimulated, but in truth there are also many hours that are be spent idle even while underway if off watch.

Hobbies take us away from our everyday activities and give us a chance to exercise our minds and or bodies. They can also bring us pleasure and enrich our lives.  We are very fortunate the many different options out there today are almost limitless. Physical activities have clear benefits because not only can be enjoyable but are also a healthy option increasing both your heart rate and brain function. We get this type of activity whilst sailing, but as cruisers the rule of thumb is that we sail 1 day and anchor for ten, so what do we do on those ten to keep ourselves stimulated.

The best way to cultivate a new hobby is to try something new. Of course, all of us are unique and, therefore, our interests and hobbies vary. But once we find a hobby that we truly enjoy and are passionate about, we become hooked. It becomes part of our lives and captivates us in a very personal way. It makes you more interesting. People who have hobbies have experiences and stories that they can share with others.

It helps to relieve stress by keeping you engaged in something you enjoy while limiting boredom. They also give you an activity that you can look forward to and get excited about. It enriches your life and gives you a different perspective on things. No matter what type of hobby you choose, you will definitely be exposed to new ideas that challenge you.

I have had numerous hobbies and interests, but I currently have six that I am passionate about. They have changed my life in a positive way and provided me with a lot of joy, stimulation and challenges.


Reading

I love reading books, especially fiction ones. I currently read about 20 books per year. At present I am reading a series of books by an author I found by accident, picking up one of his novels in a marina laundry (the book swap for cruisers) Tony Park writes about Africa. He has a group of characters that weave their way in and out of the series. I tend to read one Author until I have exhausted their repertoire. Books are a wonderful way to transport me to a different place and era. I love the feel of paper in my hands and haunt book exchanges whenever we pull into a town. But if you wish to go new age, you can always join the public library and download ebooks for free!

Relaxation personified.

There's never a shortage of something to read on Our Dreamtime


Cooking

One of my all time favourite hobbies is cooking. To live comfortably on the boat we really need to prepare all our own food and I mean all Bread, yoghurt, cereals, cakes, biscuits come out of the galley because there’s no convenience store on the corner in an anchorage. Cooking has taught me so much about patience and focus because those 2 are essential ingredients to make delicious food. The more I cook, the better I get at it. Of course, I have also had food that did not turn out so well, but I learn from my mistakes and improve each time. I cook food that is healthy and that we enjoy eating. I especially enjoy cooking the fresh seafood we catch onboard. The best thing is, when we do go to a restaurant it is for a special occasion not just because we were too lazy to cook.

 There is a very good Facebook group for foodies afloat you could also have a look at - Cooking on a Boat

Our Galley is now a regular feature in our YouTube

Boat made Halloumi is easy to make and you can make it on powdered milk 


Photography

Photography is a hobby that offers so many possibilities for creative expression, technical expertise, and sheer variety of ways to capture an image. Pursuing photography as a hobby can be very fulfilling, inspiring, and relaxing. Age is not a barrier to learning a new hobby and you can start with the camera on your phone if that's what you have available. It wakes you up to your surroundings from the humble butterfly to the great expanse of a mountain range. It is you who see the beauty and you who captures it. Photography has been a life long passion of Rob’s that I have more recently embraced myself. When I capture images I am also documenting our sailing life which I want to leave a record of for our future generations to hopefully enjoy.

 

Cruising provides so many fantastic photographic opportunities.

There are always things to point a camera at.

And of course the Great Barrier Reef is home to some awesome photographic models

You don't need a mega-expensive camera to enjoy photography


Writing

There is no special secret technique to writing. No system that you must follow. No "right way". The best ways to learn about writing as a hobby is to start writing about the things you love. There is NOTHING wrong with writing just because you love it! Writing as a hobby has plenty of benefits, whether you want to take things a step further looking at getting published at some point or not. Regardless, always remember to enjoy writing those words. Rob started writing the blog as a record of our travels, so in later years we had a reference to all the amazing places we were fortunate enough to sail to and experiences we had. I then joined in contributing blogs on particular subjects that interest me and found I really enjoy the process. As the blog went on over time, we found not only were friends and family reading it but complete strangers from all over the world that became interested in our sailing life. This is a great reward as writers to have people enjoy your tale. But essentially you should write for your personal enjoyment. Rob published a great book titled "Stuff it. Let's go sailing anyway" about our transition to the cruising life and passage from Australia through Indonesia to Malaysia and Thailand while I have been able to combine writing with my passion for cooking and produce a number of sailing related cooking and provisioning ebooks and, more recently, print books. Our Galley Blog

 

I do have to admit proof reading is not my favorite part of the writing process.



Combining hobbies is great fun


Rob has combined his photography & writing in a number of Cruising Helmsman magazine articles

Fishing

Fishing can be divided into a few different classification, professional to earn a living, competition as a sport, leisure as a hobby and subsistence to feed the family.  Our fishing falls into the later two categories. While the meals it provides are very important in stretching our budget and length of time we can last been provisioning trips ashore, it is also very much a leisure hobby for us both. Successful fishing does require a level of skill and dedication. We marvel sometimes at the lengths we see some fishing addicts go to pursuing their catch in all sorts of uncomfortable weather but that’s not our thing.  We always troll a line or two while underway and I enjoy throwing a line in the water at anchor just to pass the time of day. In essence that is exactly what a hobby is. Something that you enjoy doing, that keeps you busy, that teaches you new skills and has a benefit in doing it. There is always excitement when the reel ratchet sings and a fish is being hauled onboard. The best part about fishing is if I am successful, I get to spend time on my hobby by cooking the catch.

Landing a good fish is always a great feeling.

It's not just fun. Fishing does certainly boost our diet on Our Dreamtime

Mud crab is one of our absolute favorites.

Walking

If you just list the word 'Walking' as a hobby, you may appear a bit odd or obsessed with exercise. But if I say my hobby is to walk national park trails, or take long beach walks at beautiful, unspoilt places, it might be looked at differently ... I love walking, especially taking random walks with no destination in mind, this is very true when I am in a new place. In a new country it becomes as much a part of learning about and absorbing the culture as the views and exercise. I really don’t care where I walk. I just love taking in the atmosphere of the time and place I’m in and randomly finding treasures along the way. I love walking in natural surroundings particularly national park trails in the many locations we visit. Early morning walks along a beach are a real favourite. I can also combine other hobbies with walking by taking my camera and, if organised, I can cook up a picnic lunch and enjoy a whole day of activities.

 

Rob & I at the top of Brampton Island's great National Park trail.

There's always plenty of information about walks in the Barrier Reef Islands available online

Deserted beach walks are hard to beat


I not only get great enjoyment from each of these six current hobbies but my mind is stimulated, I learn new skills, I am introduced to different cultures, I gain fitness through exercise and I relax whilst pursuing these activities. And the best part, I meet new and interesting people along the way.

So what other hobbies could you do whilst floating around the seven seas?

Why not yoga, in the peaceful surrounds on the boat surely yoga is a perfect match. A sailing buddy Leanne has turned her hobby into a business. She conducts yoga classes wherever they happen to be, or you can catch her classes on YouTube. So if you have been thinking of taking up yoga here is a way even if you are remote from everyone else you can still get to classes. Check it out HERE

Many cruisers take up playing an instrument. Now this could be a deal breaker with other crew onboard. Imagine if the bagpipes were your choice to learn from scratch. You might not be welcome in anchorages let alone on the boat. However learning an instrument may be a shared interest onboard and this can be an excellent way of meeting other cruisers with the same interest.  You’ll find many a sundowners jam session on the beach as you cruise.

Making home movies, well not quite like the ones Grandma and Pop made of their Hawaii Cruise in the 60’s. Home movies can now be made with your phone, edited on your phone, and posted to all sorts of social media platforms. Many young sailors have taken to YouTube to show off their sailing lifestyle. If you can believe the YouTube sailing channels we are all beautiful bikini clad in our early 30’s and we never have a windy, rainy day. Increasingly though you will find ‘reality TV’ where not everything goes to plan, showing the good the bad and the ugly. Like writing as a hobby it too can become an income earner, but to be realistic most are still doing this as a hobby. Rob is now loving the time spent editing up our Vlogs. They are for him challenging, relaxing, infuriating and rewarding but mostly a hobby that he has become passionate about. 

How about Crafts? There are quite a few crafts that can be achieved onboard such as hand quilting, scrapbooking, wood burning, sewing, home brew. And what about a couple of traditional boat crafts. Whittling is best described as the simplest, most primitive form of woodcarvings. Occasionally the terms "whittling" and "carving" are used interchangeably, but they are different arts. Carving employs the use of chisels, gouges, with or without a mallet, while whittling involves only the use of a knife. Carving frequently involves powered equipment such as lathes. Whittling is then the most common form of carving available to those on a boat. You can get great inspiration from the Facebook group Sewing on a Boat

There is certainly many forms of painting on a boat and many of them you really don’t want as a hobby, let’s leave them in the “boat jobs” column. But, painting like other art forms, can evoke emotions, make people think and even instil a sense of pride. Artists record history or tell a story and sometimes both. This is an ideal hobby for on a boat. No need for lots of big equipment a small box of paints, bushes and paper will have you recording the beautiful scenery that you visit each and every day. There are plenty of online workshops you can take part in and you will be surprised how quickly you can learn simple techniques to capture the likeness of what you are seeing. I have a few video classes available on Vimeo HERE

There's also a Facebook Group for people who enjoy this hobby - Art on Boats

There are certainly plenty of creative, relaxing, challenging hobbies available it’s just up to you to find one.  Let us know in the comments below what your favourite hobbies are and why.

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