ⓘ Sailing SV Delos


ⓘ Sailing SV Delos

Sailing SV Delos is a YouTube channel which chronicles the travels and adventures of video bloggers aboard the sailing vessel Delos. The boat is owned by Brian Trautman, who often sails with his brother Brady and with Brians wife Karin Syren and crew member Alex Blue. The team invites additional crew members aboard who contribute to sailing, boat maintenance, and filming. They film their experiences and adventures, which include island exploration, hiking, underwater diving, partying, meeting local people, in addition to sailing across oceans. Their video equipment is described as "state of the art", and includes GoPro cameras. Delos has made several ocean crossings, sometimes going through intense weather conditions such as severe lightning storms, and once tackling a 50-knot gale en route to Madagascar.


1. The channel

The Delos team has made over 200 videos. The channel had 90.000 subscribers in December 2016 and 505.000 subscribers in May 2020. As of December 2019, it had 125.000 followers on Instagram. It had 1.8 million views per month in December 2019. A report in Yachting World magazine in 2019 suggested that the crew made $14.000 for each video from paying donors, and produced about four videos each month.


2. The boat

Delos is a 53-foot long Amel Super Maramu, a monohull. From 2008 to 2020, the boat has sailed over 70.000 miles. Brian Trautman bought the boat in 2009. As a former electrical engineer he used his knowledge to make various improvements to the boat. He installed lithium-phosphate batteries to power the vessel, along with a battery management system, to provide energy to power laptops, electric cooking units, navigation systems and so forth. The crew has taken numerous steps to make their boat friendly to the environment.


3. Background

Trautman grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona with a love of the outdoors, and worked as a diesel mechanic during his high school years and later earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. He worked at Microsoft before starting his own software company but he soon grew tired of 60-hour workweeks. What inspired him to think about crossing oceans in a boat was reading the book Three Years in a 12-Foot Boat by Stephen G. Ladd. He spent several years researching and saving money and narrowed down his list of boats to the Amel Super Maramu. His voyage began in 2009 in Seattle, Washington in the United States. He sailed to Mexico where he was joined by his brother Brady, and the two of them along with Brians then-partner sailed for New Zealand. There he met his future wife Karin Syren who began sailing with them. In their early days, they often had to work in local marinas to make money for boat repairs and fuel. In 2014, the crew re-thought their business model, and learned how to support their income from YouTube with crowdfunding and Patreon campaigns.


4. Philanthropy

The crew has engaged in numerous philanthropic endeavors, such as contributing to restoration efforts on the island of Dominica which had been ravaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017. They gave $50.000 in 2019 to various charities such as the Surfrider Foundation which seeks to protect the worlds oceans.


5. Mission

This is our story. of people living their lives 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.

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