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

Apr 18, 2020
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Brian and Karin Trautman have been living on a sailboat for 10 years, and their boat is set up so they can be off the grid in remote places for months at a time with solar and wind power providing electricity, a water maker that turns salt water into fresh water, multiple freezers and loads of storage space for food, and even a small washing machine on board!
They've sailed SV Delos - a 53' sloop rig ketch - 83,000 nautical miles which is the equivalent of circling the earth at the equator more than 3 times. Their latest adventures include sailing as a family with their 6-month baby, Sierra, and outfitting the boat with a heater so they can explore the Arctic this summer after several years in the Tropics.
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Mat & Danielle
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  • Thank you for watching! We are so excited to have collaborated with SV Delos on this video and you can follow their journey on all the platforms here:

    Exploring AlternativesExploring Alternatives9 months ago
    • Set this is something we have been interested in. not to be nosy but could you give me an idea of how much your boat costs before And after your off the grid upgrades?

      Blue EyesBlue Eyes4 days ago
    • Is this vessel a Van de Stadt design?

      TuxedoXJunction 2902TuxedoXJunction 290214 days ago
    • Time to pull your boat in a remodel it for the baby it needs a baby room and open space

      Cool ClideCool Clide14 days ago
    • Do yall not like people also good idea while covid 19 is going on

      Cool ClideCool Clide14 days ago
    • You should have new baby gate all around the boat for the baby they grow fast

      Cool ClideCool Clide14 days ago
  • Did I hear that right? You ate cats for a month?

    blackbeltcraneblackbeltcrane6 hours ago
  • why?

    MM7 hours ago
  • Greatest survival equipment: HOT WIFE

    Clayton WalterClayton Walter9 hours ago
  • So jealous... I have a secret desire to be a pirate 😁

    Buddha BunnyBuddha Bunny9 hours ago
  • thank you, very interesting!

    shawn morganshawn morgan9 hours ago
  • That would be a PITA to live on there Especially with a kid I hope your on birth control now

    BLACK face HardonBLACK face Hardon12 hours ago
  • Geezzz how many thongs do you need?

    BLACK face HardonBLACK face Hardon12 hours ago
  • So your pollutin the ocean with your 💩💩💩💩

    BLACK face HardonBLACK face Hardon12 hours ago
  • Trust me when Armageddon gets here you're not gonna be talkn to anyone You're gonna be dead

    BLACK face HardonBLACK face Hardon12 hours ago
  • That kitchen is bigger then mine

    BLACK face HardonBLACK face Hardon12 hours ago
  • Ya no thanks Keep it

    BLACK face HardonBLACK face Hardon12 hours ago
  • 16:49 you believe in Hinduism 🙏 ❤️

    Ankit BinjolaAnkit BinjolaDay ago
  • He took self teaching to another level. Some to learn from

    HademineHademineDay ago
  • is delos the baby?

    Jason SchmidtJason SchmidtDay ago
  • is that her baby?

    Jason SchmidtJason SchmidtDay ago
  • Okay, so man buys sailing yacht. Man gets bored sailing alone or with friends. So one day while at port he meets a gorgeous woman, and asks her if she'd like to go sailing for the weekend. So far, I'm following this. Then, after a weekend on the water, she decides to what? Marry him? Have a child with him...and raise said child on a sailboat in the middle of the ocean? This is like something out of a dream! The real story here is not the sailing, but the relationship itself. Who are these people and what planet are they from? Wow. Keep the videos coming!

    j rusovichj rusovichDay ago
  • its kinda not really self sufficient you do still dock and fill up on goods fuel repairs consumables sundries vs $$$ you got in a bank acct somewhere to buy this stuff or do you trade beads and clamshells to pay the hawks

  • These guys are truly living life

    TangoTangoDay ago
  • Man that’s awesome good for you guys

    Acer 8Acer 8Day ago
  • What is this boat insurance thingie? does it have anything to do with the travel support or is it just giving money away?

    Divine NonbinaryDivine NonbinaryDay ago
  • What is the sewing machine you're using? Is it special heavy duty machine?

    Divine NonbinaryDivine NonbinaryDay ago
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    Divine NonbinaryDivine NonbinaryDay ago
  • Those 2 sodas in the fridge 5:48 would have been gone day 1 for me.

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      Peter KaldanisPeter Kaldanis18 hours ago
  • Awesome Sailboat, and beautiful family as well. Congrats on achieving your dreams

    Chris StocktonChris StocktonDay ago
  • Don’t u get sailsick?

    Anthony ChengAnthony Cheng2 days ago
  • I like that you were honest about where your business goes lol.

    Wavy BlazeWavy Blaze2 days ago
  • I saw a carib beer in the fridge, did you guys travel to Trinidad and Tobago?

    kerrin harripersadkerrin harripersad2 days ago
  • what about storms?

    Mary SmithMary Smith2 days ago
  • XS Energy. Y'all are Amway people? Good work!

    Evan LeClaireEvan LeClaire2 days ago
  • Living the dream. peace

    Michael WMichael W2 days ago
  • Love you guyss amazing life you have......

    Hyolmo PembaHyolmo Pemba2 days ago
  • 11:35 where did you find cats in the middle of the ocean?

    David GoodmanDavid Goodman2 days ago
  • I want to know how they can afford to live like this. Obviously they aren't employed in the normal way, so did they win a lottery, get an inheritance or have rich friends and relatives thay support them?? Otherwise how can one sustain such a lifestyle! I'm just curious, that's all. Maintaining a sailboat and paying for fuel and port charges is not cheap, it's not like you just put yourself on a boat and head out, there are a lot of expenses living like this!

    Hoplite WarlordHoplite Warlord2 days ago
    • It's not as expensive as you think. The rule of thumb is 10% of a boat's value is spent on maintenance per year. This boat looks to be about $150,000 - ish so only $15,000 a year to maintain, if that. Brian is probably in his early 40s and seems quite competent so I'm guessing he had more than enough saved to pay for Delos in cash with money to spare, so no boat payments. The rest is easily paid for via youtube and patrons; sailboat owner patrons tend to have more disposable income than other types of patrons, therefore they're able to give more. Voila, lifestyle bought and paid for!

      Dawn LimanDawn Liman2 days ago
  • Just came across this video. We actually moved from Flagstaff, AZ 4 years ago to Florida to go sailing..😉

    Elicia HaltermanElicia Halterman3 days ago
    • Ez money

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  • The good thing about top loading fridge is that it is way more energy efficient because the cold air doesn't leave it when you open it.

    cfcf3 days ago
  • @16:50 Wow. They worship Hanuman Ji 🙏🏻

    Manmohan PaiManmohan Pai3 days ago
  • I used to work for Polaroid. The pix on the walls look like Joshua.

    C BC B3 days ago
  • They know they're sailing on a flat ocean with no silly childish curvature. Seriously people believe nasa that the earth is flying a million miles a hour through space? 😆 so silly

    Shawn ClarksonShawn Clarkson4 days ago
  • This looks like true freedom. I want to do it.

    Marcy PinkMarcy Pink4 days ago
  • I’ve had cabin fever before you feel like jumping off the boat into the ocean when it gets that bad . I could never do this

    DJ Speedy BeatsDJ Speedy Beats4 days ago
  • nicely setup boat.

    sbdreaminsbdreamin4 days ago
  • I would read anything written by their baby once it grows up. Imagine the different life perspective.....

    AyawokeAyawoke4 days ago
  • Is the internet free with the satelite server?

    greekgreek4 days ago
  • Amazing! I would have loved that that life....but not now lol old girl...not that I would let that stop me, but would not do as am single lol.

    Lesley BourkeLesley Bourke4 days ago
    • Why not? Plenty of single women sailors. Get yourself a 32' boat and do it. Seriously if you are in good health and have the knowledge then there really is no reaon not to.

      Dawn LimanDawn Liman2 days ago
  • i remamber a movie withe a baby on board ,and the parants in the sea and sharks

    killer Pitbullkiller Pitbull4 days ago
  • You ate a cat oh hell no

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    J RioJ Rio5 days ago
  • Great video loved it

    chris martinchris martin5 days ago
  • Seems irresponsible to have a 6 month old living at sea. Call me old fashioned.

    Ryan AthertonRyan Atherton5 days ago
  • I love sailing.

    tony amtony am5 days ago

    Jovito AlamagJovito Alamag5 days ago
  • Which heat are the fans for?

    Criminals Hate CamerasCriminals Hate Cameras5 days ago
  • Nevermind "leave no stone unturned" this gentleman leaves no grain of sand unturned. Very very intelligent man. This guy has problems solved that don't exist yet 👍

    al Thainal Thain5 days ago
  • What about safety. What about serious storms.

    j cj c5 days ago
  • Yo... you guys put ur kid in a cage?? That’s nuts

    Cam DoughtyCam Doughty5 days ago
  • When the baby starts walking it gets really dangerous!

    NishaNisha5 days ago
  • Did she say they ate cats for a month?

    FlumazenilFlumazenil5 days ago
  • I grew up on a boat and I‘m so happy to see this!! It takes me back. Thanks for sharing!!! Lots of love!!!

    OhkainaOhkaina5 days ago
  • God bless you friend....

    Lizzy KitchenLizzy Kitchen5 days ago
  • 10 year eh ? Did she have the baby on the boat too ? If so wow she’s definitely a keeper. Awesome boat.

    JeremyJeremy5 days ago
  • That kid deserves better situation, she needs to see the world first, school, friends etc, after that she can choose to follow the lifestyle or not.

    Vatebulu OKVatebulu OK6 days ago
    • When did they say they would keep her on the boat for years and years to come?? They didn't. She's a baby now and doesn't know any different.

      Dawn LimanDawn Liman2 days ago
  • Have you guys had any issues with bad guys at sea? Also do you have provisions for self defense?

    mr.meanermr.meaner6 days ago
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    Lavette EdwardLavette Edward6 days ago
  • I’ve been following you guys for years now. Loved this video! It’s great watching you guys grow and learning from your experiences and insight along the way. Thanks!

    Bud BlanchardBud Blanchard6 days ago
  • Avid fan here from the philippines

    Rheanus BongabongRheanus Bongabong6 days ago
  • Avid fan here from the philippines

    Rheanus BongabongRheanus Bongabong6 days ago
  • This is the perfect combination for me ! The ocean, beaches and a beautiful boat. But the huge waves and storms really are frightening!!! I guess u should also be careful where u sail too. But overall sounds very romantic. I think I could do a year. But don't know about longer lol

    Milena SeymourMilena Seymour6 days ago
  • how do you support yourself?

    Jeff LowneyJeff Lowney6 days ago
  • Great Boat and Great People.

    Rajeev KapilaRajeev Kapila6 days ago
  • That was fun to watch. God speed. From Chicago

    Michael ProsperityMichael Prosperity7 days ago
  • That lady has the most piercing blue eyes

    MedicinalMagicMedicinalMagic7 days ago
  • Can I ask how did you learn sailing from scratch? I never sail and I am buying one and will start learning to live on the boat soon.

    thisoldmanthisoldman7 days ago
  • Would you like to go sailing for the weekend 👍🤣

    TheRst2001TheRst20017 days ago
  • Looks glorious!!

    Patrica KingPatrica King7 days ago
  • My mind directly went to one piece .

    Vaishnav ChaturvediVaishnav Chaturvedi7 days ago
  • Brian, is this really the story of Delos? Picked up a woman, the woman gets pregnant, the woman has student loans, Brian marries the woman then pays off her student loans, the woman kicks everyone off of the sailing vessel Delos. This is the story of delos over the last 10 years. Sorry to appear so harsh but this is the story of Delos. A Greek tragedy.

    Drop BoxDrop Box7 days ago
  • The reason for toploading fridges is energy efficiency. Cold air is heavier, therefore with a front-opening fridge a lot of it will "drop" to the floor every time you open it.

    Christian S.Christian S.7 days ago
  • You can bet they won’t have corona

    Selcity OfficialSelcity Official8 days ago
  • Where do you put the baby when you snorkel

    Kate VogelzangKate Vogelzang8 days ago
  • What sailing boat is this, I mean the type and brand?

    Cuka BaksoCuka Bakso8 days ago
  • Now this is a setup!

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  • Tremendously inspiring people. Long may their journeys continue

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    Jek Sabahan GamingJek Sabahan Gaming8 days ago
  • Hi Guys ! I just loved your video. Take care and keep sailing !

    Serge A.Serge A.8 days ago
  • "They set out on a 3 hour tour...a 3 hour tour..."

  • cool!

    Siren Head But notSiren Head But not9 days ago
    • this is my private comment (this video is 28:17 long

      Siren Head But notSiren Head But not9 days ago
  • Love well

    Caroline KlineCaroline Kline9 days ago
  • Actually I saw something good in your boat ⛵ and I decided to watch your video regularly

  • Aaahg, I'm going to get addicted to another sailboat channel. I'm going to need to binge watch this channel to catch up. I guess if you're going to spend a long time at sea off grid, you need a good size boat with a water purification system, and as many amenities as possible. Ice maker, dishwasher, A/C, scuba tank filler, etc. Mono-hull boats are the most cost effective, but maybe catamarans are the most comfortable, right? They seem bigger and don't go "on the lean" as much, right? But then purchasing one and pulling them out of the water is much more expensive, right? But then again, is a catamaran worth it if you only spent 10% of the time on the lean? I think I like the self sufficient lifestyle, but its too much ocean water for a full time lifestyle to me.

    Giulio MGiulio M9 days ago
  • amazing boat. it♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

    Irwin VelasquezIrwin Velasquez9 days ago
  • You guys seem to have everything you need for long voyages. Did your boat already have all the electronics that you showed or did you do installations yourself?

    Alan OlneyAlan Olney9 days ago
  • Software engineer. I was waiting on how they afford doing this without working.

    steve atkinsonsteve atkinson10 days ago
  • Extreme example of woman not leaving the morning after one night stand

    MasakkiMasakki10 days ago
  • I would be so afraid of pirates.. but i guess that all depends on where you are in the world. Stay safe in this crazy world.

    Steve DobsonSteve Dobson10 days ago
  • goddamn what a crank why can boat people never normal?

    Sebastian GorkaSebastian Gorka10 days ago