Sailing Around The World With SV Delos

This is our story, a story of three souls sailing around the world.  It is a story about sailing, but it’s also a story about people and adventure and traveling.  It’s a story of living your life in an alternate way, in close connection with the beautiful people and amazing planet that we call home.  Our experience has affected us so profoundly we want to share it, hoping that others may find inspiration to follow their dreams and do what they love.

Sailing Around The World With SV Delos

A few years ago we started making videos and writing blogs about our sailing experiences so our family and friends would know what we were up to.  To our surprise people besides our parents were interested and started subscribing to our YouTube Channel.  We now reach hundreds of thousands of people every week!  Sharing our experiences sailing around the world has added another dimension, and passion, to our lives that we never knew was possible.  We are truly humbled and thank you for stopping by to have a look.

FAQ

Nope, far from it! In fact we’ve had to beg, borrow, and live like a band of dirty gypsy pirates to make it this far. Brian sold everything he owned and used all his savings to get Delos and start sailing. This lasted for the first two years but then we ran out of money. We stopped to work during the cyclone seasons in New Zealand, Australia, and the Philippines doing odd jobs like boat work and working in restaurants. The cycle was work, save, sail, go broke, and repeat. It was a great time and we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

During this time we started putting all our passion into making the sailing videos. We were in the Philippines and the last of Brian’s 401K loan was running out. We were contemplating another year of odd work to continue sailing when we decided “To hell with this. Let’s just stay on Delos and make it work!” It was very close for a while but with some creative planning and the support of some incredibly amazing people we were pulled from the brink of brokenness.

Now this adventure and the entire project surrounding it is completely funded by the income we get from producing the sailing videos. Some of this comes from YouTube advertising, but most of it comes from pledges and donations. Directly from the people that enjoy watching the videos. How cool is that?!?! Because of the support and love we’re received, we are now able to fund our sailing and travels 100% and continue releasing our videos for free!

Pacific Yachting did a nice little write up on Cruising Vloggers if you’d like to get another perspective on how we make a living cruising and filming it.

If you like watching our sailing videos and feel like being generous just throw a few bucks our way. The money goes 100% back into the project to keep Delos in tip-top shape, replace camera gear we destroy, and of course a few creative lubricants to keep the editing process smooth.  Cheers to you!

Support Sailing SV Delos on Patreon

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Over the years we’ve put together some other details about the financial stuff. If you’re interested take a look at this Delos goodness:

Blogs

First off you may want to check out these blogs that dive right in.

http://svdelos.com/2014/01/how-do-we-afford-to-sail-part-1-by-brian/
http://svdelos.com/2014/01/how-do-we-afford-to-sail-part-2-by-brian/

Podcasts

Next, maybe listen to these podcasts Teddy from sailloot.com did for us!

Sail Loot Podcast 001: The Adventures of Delos and How They Are Able To Make It All Happen

Check the podcast HERE or stream below 🙂

Sail Loot Podcast 018: More Delos Adventures with Brady & Josje

Check the podcast HERE or stream below 🙂

Videos

Finally check out this presentation we did in Denmark that talks about the history of how we saved money, found Delos, and started cruising!

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  • brian-trautman says:

    Hello! If you leave a question in the comments we’ll get back to you when we have internet 🙂 Fair Winds- The Delos Crew

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    img_3847-590x700Wow, it’s been a long and winding road so far! A very special thanks to Olly Cully from Asia At Sea for this write up.

    A few years ago, Brian Trautman dropped the mooring lines of his boat Delos, and left the business World in Seattle behind him. He and his crew planned an epic trip across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand but when they finally got there, they weren’t ready to stop…Asia was beckoning.

    Asia at Sea talked to Brian about how this all started and to find out where they are now and how they are getting along.

     

     


    1960128_259569927544518_278019112_nDelos…tell us about the boat. When and where did you buy her? Did you name her yourself? And if so what does the name mean?

    I remember the first time I walked down the dock and saw Delos sitting there. She just screamed out “Take me across an ocean!” . I was living and working in Seattle at the time and had been shopping for a solid, blue water cruising boat for over a year. I went to a bunch of boat shows drooling over everything then heard about the Amel boats from a cruising seminar. At that time there was only one Amel Super Maramu for sale on the West coast of the US. It just happened to be in Bellingham, a few hours drive north of Seattle almost on the Canadian border so I headed up to take a look. They say that when you find your boat you know it, and that’s exactly what it was like. I put in an offer and the sale closed a few months later in June of 2008.

    They say that when you find your boat you know it, and that’s exactly what it was like

    Delos was named by the previous owner and the history goes a little something like this. And I’m paraphrasing here to keep it really short:

    Zeus was a bit of a player and was fooling around with Leto. In fact Zeus got her pregnant. Hera found out and banished Leto. This was a problem because apparently the children of gods can’t be born in the human domain. Zeus called in a favor from his bro Poseidon who used his trident to create a magical island named Delos, which was someplace between heaven and earth. Artemis and Apollo were then safely born on the Island of Delos.

    I thought it was a pretty sweet story so kept the name!


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    How did this epic trip start; did you have any initial plans?

    Strangely with a trip to the library on a sunny Seattle Day. I was browsing the shelves and saw a book with a bright blue ocean on the cover. I can’t remember the exact title but it was something like “How to cross an ocean on your own boat.” What?!??! Was that even possible to do these days? I’d been sailing small boats around the lakes of Seattle for a few years but the thought of crossing an ocean blew me away. It then occurred to me that this was the ultimate way to travel! A way to mix adventure and self sufficiency with the art of sailing. And so the dream was born. The initial plan was to sail to New Zealand. I spent the next 4 years dreaming, saving, planning, and selling all my worldly possessions.

    I spent the next 4 years dreaming, saving, planning, and selling all my worldly possessions

    Delos departed Seattle in August of 2009 and we arrived in New Zealand in October of 2010. There was no way I could stop now so another plan was born to sail to Australia via Fiji, Vanuatu, and the Solomon’s. Most of my savings had been spent by this time so we stretched the budget razor thin to make it happen.


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    Delos Hauled Out For Survey In Seattle

    Shileshole Marine- Seattle

    Shileshole Marine- Seattle

    We sailed on and off the anchor to save diesel and lived off fish and rice. It was an amazing experience to see just how cheaply you can live on the ocean. We made it happen and arrived in Australia some 7 months after departing New Zealand. The entire crew was really, really broke so we parked Delos for a while and moved to Melbourne, Australia. At this point the crew was myself, Brady, Josje, and Karin. We weren’t done sailing, just flat out of cash so we all worked to put some money in the cruising kitty. Since we’re not retired that’s what we do to follow our dreams- sail, run out of money, work, sail again. Delos was parked for just over a year in Bundaberg, Australia while we scraped together enough for another season.

    In May of 2013 we left Bundaberg and began sailing up the east coast of Australia ending up in Darwin.. Our plan was to sail through Indonesia, The Philippines, Malaysia, and into Thailand. We loved the Philippines so much our plan was blown to smithereens and we ended up spending 8 months there! So basically an initial 18 month plan has stretched to 7 years with no end in sight.

    We loved the Philippines so much our plan was blown to smithereens and we ended up spending 8 months there!

    p1020492You’ve produced almost 100 videos of your travels, professionally put together and very entertaining. Where did you learn your skills in videography?

    Oh wow, thanks so much! We’re blushing over here! I remember being in Mexico and having a Tequila fueled conversation in Bara de Navidad with a guy I had just met at the bar. He was also traveling and we got to talking about sailing. He insisted that I walk out right then and there and buy a HD camcorder to film stuff non-stop as we crossed the Pacific. I thought at that point maybe it could be a cool project to work on, so I purchased a pretty basic camcorder for about US$200 and started filming.

    I purchased a pretty basic camcorder for about US$ 200 and started filming

    At first we just goofed around making stuff with still shots, random video clips, and maybe a few subtitles. When we returned to Delos this season in Australia we wanted to step up our game a notch so we bought a Go Pro and little better HD Camcorder. We got a copy of Adobe Premiere and just went to town on the editing process. It’s been quite a learning experience but A LOT of fun.


    raja-ampat-indonesiaYou’ve had quite a contrasting crew over the last months. Where did they all come from?

    That has to be the most unexpected surprise about this trip. I never could have guessed so many awesome people would sail on Delos. Since the trip began we’ve had over 50 people from 14 different countries sail on Delos. Some have stayed for a only a week while others have stayed for a month or longer. Some are friends and family that have come to visit but most we’ve met while out sailing. Brady is my brother and he got onboard in Mexico to help with the Pacific crossing to Tahiti. He was going to stay a few months but ended up staying 5 years!

    Since the trip began we’ve had about 50 people from 14 different counties sail on Delos

    Along the way we met Karin (from Sweden) who was backpacking in New Zealand and Josje (from New Zealand) who was sailing on her Uncle’s boat in Fiji. Both were invited to sail for a weekend and end up staying for much, much longer 🙂 Most recently we met some amazing people in the Philippines that contacted us through our blog. We spent a few weeks hanging with them and they actually joined us on the passage from The Philippines to Malaysia.


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    1544960_241565522678292_7028575_nOn camera you all seem to get along very well; is this always the case?

    I know it may be hard to believe but we all get on incredibly well. Everyone feels more like family than anything else. We’re all out here to have fun and it’s a pretty low-stress environment most of the time. Even on a 53’ boat you can still find your own space. Just jump off for a swim to the nearest beach, or head up to the bow with your headphones in. It’s your own little world! We have a cooking and cleaning schedule and everyone pulls their own weight on-board which really helps.

    You left the business world to go on this venture; do you think you’ll ever go back?

    This trip has changed my DNA in a way I didn’t think possible. There’s no way I could ever go back in the same capacity as before. Delos will continue sailing West and when we end up somewhere and potentially settle down I’ll figure it out then. I’ve learned a lot about what’s important in life and I know it’s not doing the 9-5 rat race!

    This trip has changed my DNA in a way I didn’t think possible…i’ve learned a lot about what’s important in life and I know it’s not doing the 9-5 rat race!

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    The Trautman Bros- Before and After Sailing!

    el-nido-palawan-philippines-2Do you have a favourite spot so far in this part of the World?

    Wow, that’s the toughest question so far. Each and every place has so many special things about it. I’d say it’s a five way competition between Vanuatu, New Zealand, The Philippines, Madagascar, and South Africa. In Vanuatu we witnessed the true practices of the local tribes, from war dances to exploding volcanoes. In New Zealand we parked Delos in a marina and explored by land. The beautiful mountains, glaciers, and beaches just blew us away. Of course the Kiwi’s are just a fun loving, adventurous group so we got on real well.

    In The Philippines we were blown away by the genuine smiles and friendliness of the people. In every town and every village we met someone that took us under their wing and showed us around. We got pulled into village huts for Tagay with Tanduay and Coke, partied with Filipino seafarers for New Years, rode on the tops of Jeepney’s, and met some lifelong friends that brought us into their homes and showed us the crazy big city of Manila. Plus we really like San Miguel Beer. The Philippines were so much fun our 2 month plan turned into an 8 month adventure!


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    eastern-misool-raja-ampat-indonesiaIf one of our readers is considering embarking on such an adventure, do you have any advice?

    Just get out there and do it! Speaking from experience the hardest part is actually cutting the cord and going. I’ve met a lot of people that have been planning for 10 years or even longer. They’re making everything shiny, making covers for everything, then bags to store their covers in, etc. You and your boat will never be 100% ready but at some point you just have to cast off the lines and head out! You probably already know more than you think so just use good common sense. Oh yea- and bring lot’s of sunscreen!

    You and your boat will never be 100% ready but at some point you just have to cast off the lines and head out!

    Any other words of wisdom about cruising around the World?

    There’s two types of sailors out there- those that have run aground and those that will!

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    Now this adventure and the entire project surrounding it is completely funded by the income we get from producing the sailing videos. Some of this comes from YouTube advertising, but most of it comes from pledges and donations. Directly from the people that enjoy watching the videos. How cool is that?!?! Because of the support and love we’re received, we are now able to fund our sailing and travels 100% and continue releasing our videos for free!

    If you like our watching the sailing videos and feel like being generous just throw a few bucks our way. The money goes 100% back into the project to keep Delos in tip-top shape, replace camera gear we destroy, and of course a few creative lubricants to keep the editing process smooth.

    Support Sailing SV Delos on Patreon

    Support Sailing SV Delos- Buy Us A Beer!

    Donate Bitcoins

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  • brian-trautman says:

    Hello! If you leave a question in the comments we’ll get back to you when we have internet 🙂 Fair Winds- The Delos Crew

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    Wow, what a trip it’s been to sail with so many incredibly amazing people! It’s a dimension of the trip we never thought was possible. So far we’ve have about 50 different people from all over the world join us! Be sure to check out our CREW page to see who we’ve had the honor to sail with.

    So do you guys ever take on crew?

    We do take on crew from time to time. Sometimes it’s cool people we meet while sailing and traveling, sometimes it’s family and friends we’ve known for years. And sometimes we run contests to get complete strangers to come join us! It really depends on our plans for the season and if people can easily fly on and off. Which isn’t the case all the time.

    When we do run contests we always post them on Patreon and give our supporters there a chance to experience the life.  We also post on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube so be sure to Like, Follow, and Subscribe as that’s the best way to know when we’re looking for new crew!

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  • Roy Voss says:

    I love your videos I stumbled upon them looking up sailing videos drinking a beer while studying for collage now I’m hooked to them I’ve never been sailing on a long trip but have a passion and love of the water and boats your videos show how you as a family on water live and work as one you have brought so much joy to me and wish for the sea again yours truly Roy A Voss

  • Fred Sillner says:

    Hello Delos…. The videos continue to amaze me, not only the footage but the quality in which you edit and produce them. I’ve done hundreds years ago for weddings and such and I know the task, patience and skill required. While I wait for new ones I continue find past ones not seen or just re-watch them. Also catching up on the blogs. Also used one of the last pictures as my desk top..reminding me that I’ll “Never look back and wish I’d spent more time in the office”! Quick question…is Josje still part of the crew and Brady’s better half ? Didn’t see her in the last few photo’s. Love her accent, personality and the overall beauty she brings when aboard Delos!! Safe Sails ~~ Fred

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    Delos is a 53 foot Amel Super Maramu and she is one of the finest built cruising sailboats in the world! She was built in La Rochelle France in 2000 and has seen what most sailboats dream of seeing. She’s a sailing ketch (2 masts) and has enough room to comfortably sleep 6 people.

    Delos is able to turn salt water into fresh water, sun into energy, provide food and shelter, travel for months on end without visiting a dock and best of all, be the place we call home. The name Delos may sound familiar; it is a mythical island off the coast of Greece. The story began long long ago when Zeus, god of the sky, cheated on his wife with a human and unfortunately got her pregnant. When it came time to give birth to the half god, half human twins, Zeus’ wife banned them from being born on any land. Poseidon, god of the sea, took pity and raised a small piece of land from his underwater kingdom for the twins to live on. The island of Delos was a floating oasis for the half God, half human offspring, and is now our floating oasis.

    Check out our boat tour video below for a closer look!

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    There have been many books along this amazing journey.

    Some I read before sailing, and some while out here. I’ve gotten something from the list below and hope that by sharing it you will as well. I really hope you enjoy this list and please feel free to comment with your favs as well.

    PS- All the links below are to Amazon so I hope they make it a little easier for you to find.
    PPS- If you do buy from these links we get a little kick back for our beer fund 🙂

    Cool Sailing and Adventure Books

    Dove– Robin Lee Graham

    The Long Way– Bernard Moitessier

    Chasing the Long Rainbow– Hal Roth

    Sailing Alone Around The World– Joshua Slocum

    Three Years in a 12 Foot Boat– Stephen Ladd

    The Curve Of Time– M. Wylie Blanchett

    The Old Man And The Sea– Earnest Hemingway

    Two Years Before The Mast– Richard Henry Dana Jr.

    Tales of the South Pacific– James Michener

    Fatu Hiva– Thor Heyerdahl

    Kon Tiki– Thor Heyerdahl

    Nathaniels Nutmeg– Giles Milton

    The Shark God– Charles Montgomery

    Typee– Herman Melville

    Getting Stoned With Savages– J. Marten Troost

    The Happy Isles of Oceana– Paul Theroux

    The Sex Lives of Cannibals– J. Marten Troost

    Fighter Pilot– Mac ‘Serge’ Tucker

    The Elephant Whisperer– Lawrence Anthony

    Cool Thought Books

    The Miracle of Mindfulness– Thich Nhat Hanh

    You’ll See It When You Believe It– Wayne Dyer

    Consolations of Philosophy– Alain de Botton

    The Power of Intention– Wayne Dyer

    Being Happy– Andrew Matthews

    Siddhartha– Hermann Hesse

    The Tipping Point– Malcalm Gladwell

    The Power Of Now– Eckhart Tolle

    The Tao of Pooh– Benjamin Hoff

    The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas– Unknown

    Practical Sailing

    The Voyagers Handbook- Beth A. Leonard

    Voyaging With Kids– Behan Gifford

    World Cruising Routes– Jimmy Cornell

    Coral Reef Fishes– Ewald Lieske, Robert Meyers

    Sport Fish Of the Pacific– Vic Dunaway

    Illustrated Sail and Rig Tuning– Ivan Dedekam

    Man Vs. Weather– Dennis Diclaudio

    Marine Diesel Engines- Nigel Calder

    Boat Owners Mechanical and Electrical Systems- Nigel Calder

    The Cruisers Handbook of Fishing– Scott Banneroy, Wendy Banneroy

    Modern Marine Weather– David Burch

    South Pacific Anchorages– Warwick Clay

    Landfalls of Paradise– Earl Hinz, Jim Howard

    Advanced First Aid Afloat- Peter Eastman

    Storm Tactics– Lin and Larry Pardey

    Required Movie Watching On Delos

    Captain Ron

    Dead Calm

    Wind

    Yellow Beard

    Year One

    Nacho Libre

    Movies That We Watched and Wished We Hadn’t

    Mega Piranha

    All Is Lost

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  • An embarrassment of mangoes. Very good book.

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    Now this adventure and the entire project surrounding it is completely funded by the income we get from producing the sailing videos. Some of this comes from YouTube advertising, but most of it comes from pledges and donations. Directly from the people that enjoy watching the videos. How cool is that?!?! Because of the support and love we’re received, we are now able to fund our sailing and travels 100% and continue releasing our videos for free!

    If you like our watching the sailing videos and feel like being generous just throw a few bucks our way. The money goes 100% back into the project to keep Delos in tip-top shape, camera gear, and a few creative lubricants to keep the editing process smooth.

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