| by Kenneth Chase | 99 comments

From Apartment Life to Living on a Sailboat in Alaska! Sailing & Cruising Liveaboards

So we’re tacking right now. Here we go. *Music Playing* We’re actually sailing our house. We live on our sailboat. It’s a 1979 Cal 31 and we bought it last year. I feel like it’s something that can take you
anywhere in the world. And you can explore and see new places. You get to go to places where a lot of tourists
don’t get to go. And it’s just great. It’s just the coolest way to travel, I feel
like. Especially here in Southeast Alaska there’s
so many places to check out. All the islands, inlets, the fjords, the glaciers. *Music Playing* We have been living on the boat for just over
a year now. Just over a year, yeah. We got it in April 2015 and we didn’t know
how to sail. We did not know anything about sailing. Last year was all about learning, and it still
is but we’re a little bit more comfortable. We are docked most of the time. We usually go out on the weekends and anchor. We dock in Juneau, Alaska. I work downtown. I’m a dental hygienist. And I work for a soil and water testing company,
and I work remotely for them. But right now we’re just strapped to Juneau
for Megan’s work. Yeah, paying off student loans and then paying
off the boat, too. First we’ll show you our lovely cockpit. I made this canvas covering which is awesome
cause right now it’s 80 degrees outside. We have the wind turbine and solar panels
on top of it. You can lift these up and it’s more storage
for us. We have a 2.5 gallon water heater in there. Inside, we have our sink. You can’t really see right now but there’s
these little cubbies that extend back a little bit. Open this up. Really nice storage in there. It’s all over here. And then this slides on both sides and we
just put miscellaneous things. And then we have our alcohol stove. And it just comes apart like this, and you
put the alcohol in, and then open it up and light it. And you can adjust it a bit. And it even has a little oven that’s on a
gimbal which is pretty awesome. And then back behind here we made this netting
for all of these cubbies. This is shrimp netting, and that is on all
the cubbies so nothing comes flying out. A little bit more storage where we can put
bags and stuff. And these can latch, and then you can pull
it up from here or you can lock it all in for sailing. This table, gotta show this off. Because we kind of redid the table in here. It used to be in the middle with a bar coming
down right here. Anyway the leg comes down and we have a table
for two right next to each other. We have our fridge on this side. Lots of good stuff in it. Rob and I just recently redid it so we could
hold a little bit more stuff. We really like having a fridge. Before we had an ice box and we just got sick
of buying ice every couple of days. We re-insulated the fridge, got these little
drawers that are meant for fridge drawers, and we just fit them in. They fit perfectly actually. And it’s still a pretty nice roomy fridge. *Music Playing* We had to get rid of, I’d say, like a lot
of furniture, my bass amp. I don’t know, just stuff like that. Bulky items that you just don’t really need. I wouldn’t consider ourselves minimalists
but it is nice to have fewer things, or to have only what you really need. It’s the last day, I have to move all of my
stuff out for the sailboat. It’s going to be right down there. So excited! Giving all these books away or selling them. And more. I was up here a few months before Rob and
so I lived in an apartment and tried to save up some money to put a downpayment on the
boat. Yeah, the apartment life is okay but it’s
very expensive up here and actually, living on a sailboat is a lot cheaper. So much cheaper. And we just love it so much more. It’s definitely a lot different. You don’t have a lot of the comforts that
you normally have in an apartment such as instant hot water, or a flushing toilet, or
even heat. Heat’s another big one to think about too. It’s actually a lot harder to sail up here
than it is down in the Caribbean or something like that. Down there, it’s like you don’t need a heater. You don’t have to deal with the boat constantly
being moist and wet. Like up here we’re in a rainforest so it’s
always damp. You’re always having to deal with drying out
the boat. That’s why we have our Kimberly wood stove. It really helps keep it warm and dry. Especially spending the winter up here on
the boat. It was a little tough. This is our charge controller for our solar
panels and wind turbine. It feels good to make your own power. This area just tends to be miscellaneous stuff. Our maps, charting, extra maps. These stairs come off. You unlatch this here. It comes off and then you can get to the engine. Just down off of the stairs is a radiator
heater that we put in. And same thing over here. We tend to put our shoes there for now, Kai’s
carry case (the cat), and maps there. Over here is the big addition that we did
in January. We were just dying to have this Kimberly wood
stove. It’s treated us well. Super awesome. But we took out part of the settee, and put
in…this is tile here and just did all this work around it. We made this so we could have wood around
the fire and then we can put wood clear back here where it extends back. So it takes some room but we enjoy it. We didn’t want diesel, we wanted wood. If you look over here we have our carbon monoxide
and smoke detector. Now we’ll go into the bathroom and we’ve got
our lovely little shower. And this came with Kai. His litter box is right in that door. And he just jumps in there. Jumps in his litter box. We have a closet. What you’re going to notice is that everything
just seems like a lot on our boat because we have to deal with a lot of cold weather
so we have to have a lot more stuff on board. We use all of this stuff during the winter,
a lot. We live in all of this. This is my side, this is Rob’s side. And then our wetsuits are in here. Ok, jumping into the V-berth. We made this netting once again like you saw
up there, to hold our clothes against the V-berth. Rob’s side, and of course, my side. We put this new carpet in. It’s actually outdoor carpet. We tore out the old stuff, put some insulation
against the walls and put that carpet up. So now we’re going to go back up on the boat. We’ve got our kayaks, our shrimp pot, storm
jib, extra water, genoa. And then our bikes. Usually when we are sailing, our bikes aren’t
like this. They’ll be…they’ll have the pedals and front
wheels off, and they’ll be covered. *Music Playing* We actually just got back from one full month
of exploring parts of Southeast Alaska including Glacier Bay, Skagway, the Chilkoot Trail,
and even out to the coast. We’ve been keeping a really good video log
of everything. We plan to spend a couple of years up here
and then either head to Hawaii or go to Baja. We just want to explore. Use our boat and take it to where it can take
us. And just follow the winds. We hope to just travel, make films of our
adventures, and our exploration, and just kind of showcase it, and inspire others to get
out and follow their dreams just kind of like what we’re doing. *Music Playing*



Nov 11, 2016, 9:06 pm Reply

that girls voice is so annoying

Gareth Miller

Nov 11, 2016, 12:43 am Reply

love Alaska lived here for 13 years

Gareth Miller

Nov 11, 2016, 12:46 am Reply

we sailed past you on your way out of the harbour

Gareth Miller

Nov 11, 2016, 12:52 am Reply

were are your survival suites?


Nov 11, 2016, 12:39 am Reply

Thanks for sharing!

SV Tipsy Gypsy

Nov 11, 2016, 6:04 pm Reply

Love this! These guys make great videos too!


Nov 11, 2016, 7:55 am Reply

Enjoyed your video. I live a bit up north from you in South Central. Many years living in Alaska but have never made it down to the South East. Been lots of other places though and love this beautiful state. I do work in the travel tourism business so I do get to share some of my experiences and travels with our summer visitors. I'll be checking out your channel.

Robert Clark

Nov 11, 2016, 9:32 pm Reply

Don't need …Bass Amp? No way. My music goes with me …Lmao

Yak Motley

Nov 11, 2016, 4:35 am Reply

Awesome video!

Wave Dancer

Nov 11, 2016, 11:11 am Reply

Perfect home! Wish once to cruise Alaska as well. Cheers and fair winds – from Philippines..

Truth Matters

Nov 11, 2016, 6:53 pm Reply

You said you had no toilet or hot shower? I saw both? Don't they work? How do you shower and go to the bathroom? Looks like a lovely way of life. I hope it brings you closer together! Tight quarters are tough sometimes! God Bless

Viking Sailor

Nov 11, 2016, 10:09 pm Reply

Amazing couple. Just go for it!


Nov 11, 2016, 11:16 pm Reply

Awesome video!
I am curious how you handled the air intake under the Kimberley stove?

Akash N

Nov 11, 2016, 3:19 pm Reply

Super Superb!! Super Superb!! Super Superb!!
Thanks for sharing!

Steve Botkin

Nov 11, 2016, 7:30 pm Reply


Paul Egges

Nov 11, 2016, 6:18 am Reply

Nice to get some background on you two. I've been following your stuff for a few months now.


Nov 11, 2016, 2:34 pm Reply

Whow did you guys get rid of the compression post to make more room in the saloon!!? Not an experienced sailor, but isn't that really dangerous?

Amazingly inspiring though. I liked how you both still have normal jobs for the time being, just instead of washing money down the drain on rent you're buying your boat. Love it. Also if SHTF you can go anywhere in the world, should you need. Very smart for the future.

All the best!

Sargam Dedhia

Nov 11, 2016, 4:35 pm Reply

Incredible scenery and very nicely explained. Good luck for your future endeavours

joe coquerre

Nov 11, 2016, 9:21 pm Reply

do you fish….???salmon,cod,halibut..??

Francis Desbiens

Nov 11, 2016, 5:22 pm Reply

Nice to see some people sailing in the cold. When you look for alternatives it is always easier when you are in california or in the caribbean. Cheers! from ottawa, Canada

Wayne Cook

Nov 11, 2016, 2:56 am Reply

Great job on the cover!

Paul Santos

Nov 11, 2016, 10:30 pm Reply

You've done it once again Exploring Alternatives..Keep these amazing videos going!

E P i C • C H i L L

Nov 11, 2016, 3:55 am Reply

you guys rock.

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Nov 11, 2016, 8:52 pm Reply

Nice movie. Greetz from Holland.

Fi-Dolla Shake

Nov 11, 2016, 3:37 am Reply

I hear those kimberly stoves are very efficient. With RVs and trailers, you need to cut a hole out the bottom of the vehicle to get the air to come through below the floor. Being on a boat, is the ventilation coming somewhere from the side? Cheers 🙂

Daniel – S/V Rhapsody

Nov 11, 2016, 2:09 pm Reply

That boat is well setup. Nice seeing how it is setup for their use in Alaska.

Karl Marx

Nov 11, 2016, 1:11 am Reply

I want to do this so bad, just not interested in going alone. I wish more women were less materialistic and more open minded.


Nov 11, 2016, 1:42 am Reply

WHY did u guys do this?
your apt was so cozy warm and sexy and now this?
i pass.

Mahesh Ajit

Nov 11, 2016, 11:24 pm Reply

i like the way you enjoy life! and the fishing possibilities


Nov 11, 2016, 7:49 am Reply

I understand that you all want to cutback on living expenses and be adventurous. But have you all thought about how your acts might be disturbing wildlife? Boats tend to make loud noises which might interrupt sonar that the orca uses to communicate with each other and also to locate prey. And what if you all have a medical emergency like hypothermia due to the boat possibly malfunctioning because it's powered on all year long? Now that's possibly a huge expense that the state has to use in transportation and medical resources to locate you.

Sergio Mainieri

Nov 11, 2016, 1:31 am Reply

Alaska é fantastico!

Wolf Pak

Nov 11, 2016, 9:08 am Reply

Alaska? Why not tropic climate?

Carl Michael

Nov 11, 2016, 4:38 pm Reply

Nice tour of the boat. Got to be heard to keep it warm during the Alaskan winter though.

Rob Noll

Nov 11, 2016, 10:55 pm Reply

Thanks! Fun to see you out there. Nice also to see you satisfied with your boat. So many people want bigger…which is not necessarily better. Great adaptation.

Rang Klos

Dec 12, 2016, 3:26 am Reply


Sail Before Sunset

Dec 12, 2016, 12:08 am Reply

We've been following this couple for a while now. Really enjoy their adventures in Alaska. ALMOST makes us want to sail up there, but the cold!

Mike Skor

Dec 12, 2016, 1:29 am Reply

Kudos to you for living this lifestyle. Especially in a cold place.


Dec 12, 2016, 6:50 pm Reply

… good vid … thanks 4 posting … fair winds …


Dec 12, 2016, 12:48 am Reply

looks fun …enjoy

Lake George, NY


Dec 12, 2016, 10:05 pm Reply

Nice boat. I would stay down south more for me.

Richard Roth

Dec 12, 2016, 6:26 pm Reply

Nice. Good video.

Big Rhonda

Dec 12, 2016, 2:18 am Reply

I don't get why young women go for older men.. must have daddy issues


Dec 12, 2016, 9:58 pm Reply

I was wondering how you cope with living on the boat in the winter. Is it really possible to keep it warm enough to be comfortable? Plus isn't there a danger of the water freezing?

Rodger Snyder

Dec 12, 2016, 6:15 am Reply

Very go overview. You've done some really smart things utilizing the space you have. Thumbs up.

wavesfromSeattle Buchan 37'

thai nguyen

Dec 12, 2016, 3:14 am Reply

nice boat and sweet home..


Dec 12, 2016, 12:12 am Reply

You're a lucky couple, living the dream of millions, well done,

Back Country Preps

Dec 12, 2016, 3:15 am Reply

I am so close to doing this. when my kids grow up a bit.


Jan 1, 2017, 6:42 pm Reply

What are the docking rates there for a descent place ?

Murray Barker

Jan 1, 2017, 4:53 pm Reply

Great video guys!! Thanks for sharing.

onesimo valezi junior

Jan 1, 2017, 5:11 pm Reply

love that Kimberly stove !!! carbon monoxide should be lower ? I think it hangs on the floors … ? not sure but yours looks too high. would hate if you wake up dead ….

Michael Taylor

Jan 1, 2017, 10:24 pm Reply

I love your cat!

You mentioned that you guys are new to sailing. Have you battled with any bad weather on the sea yet? Wishing all three of you safe and happy travels.

Ruben Navegante

Jan 1, 2017, 1:18 pm Reply

Very good 🙂

Ruben Navegante

Jan 1, 2017, 6:04 pm Reply

I've been doing the same thing living abroad for seven years

Constance Condit

Jan 1, 2017, 2:26 am Reply

Good video!

Christopher Brophy

Feb 2, 2017, 2:52 am Reply

very good

Merlin Man

Feb 2, 2017, 6:22 am Reply

Tomorrow I step onto my Compass 28 to liveaboard. I am quite nervous of the unknown, but to see you guys had no experience as I have settles me down nicely, thanks. Did you read a lot of books on Sailing, as I have quite a few ordered to help me with my days ahead.


Feb 2, 2017, 8:15 pm Reply

Okay, I am so jealous and wish I was younger like the two of you. Nice video.


Feb 2, 2017, 9:16 am Reply


Allen Hare

Feb 2, 2017, 10:31 am Reply

Sailboats are the best. A great tiny home with excellent space utilization, beautiful elegant design, and the ability to relocate easily and cheaply to more of the earth than any other mode of travel.
Keep up the good work!


Mar 3, 2017, 7:44 am Reply

She looks a little Asian, or maybe Inuit?

KC1HOX Glenn

Apr 4, 2017, 9:08 pm Reply

Youtube is not a film making company

Sailing SeaPixie Adventure

Apr 4, 2017, 2:47 pm Reply

It's so nice to see your footage! We lived 5 years in Yukon Territory and opened a yarn shop called Itsy-Bitsy Yarn shop, now sold to another owner. We visited many times Alaska! So beautiful. I do enjoy the sailing life and the warm island and tropical fruits, but the north is also dearly missed!

All the best to you guys, I'll keep checking you out 🙂 Fair winds!

Lance Forrest

Apr 4, 2017, 3:44 pm Reply

Good fortune be yours.. and keep out of storms… x


Apr 4, 2017, 5:43 pm Reply

amazing video! can't wait to switch my life to the boat. thank u

Michael Gregory

May 5, 2017, 4:31 pm Reply

you don't have to refrigerate the rooster hot sauce


May 5, 2017, 2:57 pm Reply

what do you do about ice in the winter?

Jesus Alfonso Tortolero Martinez

Jun 6, 2017, 8:34 pm Reply

Hi. You've a lovely boat and a wonderful life. Sailing and Alaska is an amazing mixture. Greetings from Venezuela!

Erik Acosta

Jun 6, 2017, 1:21 am Reply

Can anybody give an estimate on how much a boat like this would cost?


Jul 7, 2017, 5:19 am Reply

LOVE IT.You re showing the rest of us to living free and full lives!Great tips.


Jul 7, 2017, 12:56 am Reply

More online fund raising freeloaders


Jul 7, 2017, 12:48 pm Reply

She has an eno hammock.

JCBs Sailing Into the Sunset

Aug 8, 2017, 1:19 pm Reply

I am in the process of saving to do the same thing…..i work in seattle and am livingn in my car as practice to living on a confined sailboat, i plan on getting something vert similar to yours and even living in the same area but moving around a lot…maybe i will see yall on the water….happy sailing…yall have a new subscriber

Troy Delaforce

Aug 8, 2017, 8:14 am Reply

Great video. Does this couple have their own page or instagram?


Aug 8, 2017, 3:48 am Reply

Well done for managing survive OK. Sailboats are a ball ache. Rigging is in your face and you spend your time zig zagging trying to find enough wind. Nowhere near enough space. Consider upgrading to a small trawler or cruiser.


Oct 10, 2017, 8:12 pm Reply


Eight Crows Media

Oct 10, 2017, 5:51 pm Reply

Good luck to you both on your adventures!

Bernard Atkinson

Nov 11, 2017, 5:56 pm Reply

Your CO detector!!!! Our local fire officer moved ours during a safety check in the house. It was too near the ceiling.
It is possible in a confined space for a layer of warm air to collect near the ceiling. This prevent the Carbon Monoxide from reaching a ceiling detector. The best place in a place where there is air movement and at eye level. If it has a readout screen then it must be at eye level. I'll go back to the vid now, hoping you are not sparked out. Love the boat. Can you remember where thing are with all that locker storage?

Wolf Pak

Nov 11, 2017, 12:38 am Reply

The good life, winter?

Left Vassis

Jan 1, 2018, 1:50 pm Reply

How is it compared to apartment life?pros and cons?

Victor Raymond

Mar 3, 2018, 1:33 am Reply

I recognize Auke Bay. Have spent a lot of time there over the past three years. We love the Thai restaurant just across the street.

Andries Bik

Mar 3, 2018, 6:38 pm Reply

Just subscribed guys!!! loving your vids!!! Keep up the good work 🙂


Apr 4, 2018, 1:33 am Reply

Nice video. How much do it cost to start up a life like that?

Emma Paignton

May 5, 2018, 9:20 am Reply

How much was your boat?

Emma Paignton

May 5, 2018, 9:22 am Reply

Did you buy it in Florida or Alaska?

Justin Richardson

May 5, 2018, 7:17 pm Reply

Nice! I"m also a fellow Juneauite with plans of living on some kind of boat by 2020….if I see you guys in the harbor I'll come say hi and pick your brains. -Justin


Jul 7, 2018, 12:13 am Reply

love the idea in future I will do the same

Joseph Duncan

Jul 7, 2018, 11:31 am Reply

who did the PCT?

Paul Schonbrun

Jul 7, 2018, 12:32 pm Reply

Great boat…I’m jealous!

Guy Picard

Aug 8, 2018, 8:32 pm Reply

Do you dump your poop into the ocean?

K Adven

Sep 9, 2018, 1:59 am Reply

This boat is for sale on sailboat listing.9/16/18

K Adven

Sep 9, 2018, 2:00 am Reply



Oct 10, 2018, 2:06 am Reply

Just curious. Can you keep a low caliber fire arm on board a sail boat for a just in case situation when you explore the wilds.

Фёдор Молчанов

Oct 10, 2018, 5:04 pm Reply

They are living my dream ?


Feb 2, 2019, 5:02 pm Reply

I know this video is over two years old and someone might of commented on it already but what are you storing in a metal container on it's side under the over? if it's fuel or oil (or something like it) I would highly recommend not to store it there and don't store stuff like that on it's side even if it's never been opened ….. just something to consider. Have fun cruising!

Sweepint sweepint

Feb 2, 2019, 5:54 pm Reply

Juneau Ak is not really what real AK looks like

Wayward Life Sailing

Feb 2, 2019, 5:19 am Reply

Love the litter box solution! I also wonder what the benefit is to having an alcohol stove instead of a propane one.

Sean Yeahright

Mar 3, 2019, 10:00 am Reply

sailing ..Alaska burrrrr

Philip Freeman

May 5, 2019, 4:39 am Reply

Love joy peace wealth & abundance for all , I miss AK I taught at Kotzebue & Nuiqsut .

Tron Alpha

Jul 7, 2019, 10:01 am Reply

Hello. just came by your channle.
I live in Australia on my catamaran.
I have been living on boats for over 20
years. I love the lifestyle. when i buy another catamaran, will be startting my owen channel. wish you both good luck.

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