How to Successfully Transition
Into a Long-term Cruiser
Don’t waste your time, money and sanity navigating through the boat buying land-to-sea transition alone.
Get personal consultancy, mentoring and educational instruction, tips, secrets and insider knowledge.
Introducing the NEW Britican Members Only Club - Limited Spots!
To Purchase a Britican Club Membership scroll down to the bottom of this page and click the 'Buy' button.
What makes us able to help you?
Since 2014 we’ve been full time sailors and liveaboards. On board we have Simon, who is British, Kim who is American and Sienna (8 years old) who is boat. Britican is British and American together (BRITican and amerICAN). We sold our house and possessions, bought a boat and haven’t looked back.
Escaping the rat race was the best decision we ever made.
With over 30,000 nautical miles we’ve certainly gained quite a bit of experience. And for years we’ve been publishing our findings. With over 1.5 million views on YouTube, our exponentially growing website following and keeping up with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest are lives have become quite hectic.
For over four years my family and I have documented the good, super amazing, bad and ugly about being a full time sailing liveaboards and cruisers.
We’ve reviewed the marina’s and anchorages we’ve stayed in, created loads of how-to guides, posted weekly articles and videos and have attempted to answer as many emails as we could.
Some people are interested in living through us vicariously, others just need an answer to a few questions.
And then there are those that want a helping, experienced hand to navigate through the minefield of information, action steps and options available.
This Britican Club is for those that want a hand
Buying a boat and sailing off into the sunset is incredibly awesome but it’s not a quick process. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of small and large decisions that have to be made. To enable success to those that need our support most, we’ve created The Britican Club.
Some of the ways that we’re currently helping members include:
- Choosing The Right Boat. For coastal or further afield sailing. Some members choose to send us boat listings to look at. We offer our feedback on what we like/dislike (in relation to our members objectives), potential warning signs, pros/cons to consider and questions to ask the seller.
- Professional Brokers. Putting our members in touch with a professional yacht broker who is personally known to us, and is someone we trust, to act as their agent - not the agent that's selling the boat!
- Budgeting & Forecasting. We review costs associated with buying/owning/cruising and highlight what may be missing or where figures might be to high or too low.
- Convincing Family Members. Some members have needed help selling the idea of sailing or cruising to their partner and/or family. All three of us - Simon, Kim and Sienna are on hand to answer questions, reduce worries and help family members to overcome their reservations.
- Cruiser Sailing Skills. We're often discussing sail configurations, berthing, anchoring, mooring, night sailing, dealing with fog, sailing through squalls, reefing and safely getting the boat from A to B.
- Sailboat Maintenance. Providing checklists, tips and tricks on how to effectively maintain a sailboat.
- Staying Safe. With our comprehensive list of all safety equipment, procedures and checklists our members have access to everything they need to know on how to be as safe as possible.
- Traveling As A Family. Setting expectations about social life, homeschooling, living with each other 24 hours/day, in addition to offering tips on how to create routines, set boundaries and make the rules that allow each family member to feel good about their new adventure.
- Passage Planning Homework. We set 'homework' for some members asking them to plan a passage to what will be their first destination. We suggest a time frame (say a week) and ask them to get used to using navigational software and live weather reports. Once they plan the passage, we discuss whether or not a better time or route could have been selected.
- Marina/Boatyard selection. Helping to researching a base for the boat.
- Kit Check. Offering experience about what kit is necessary, what is nice to have if possible and what is a waste of time.
- Clearing into new countries. Many members worry about this topic. We explain how it works, what to do in preparation, online clearing options and a few cheeky tips to make the process go quickly.
- Dealing with hurricanes/bad storms. When our members are due for a hurricane we walk them through the procedure to prepare the boat and the crew.
- Introduction To Cruisers. Our database is huge - we introduce our members to current cruisers with similar interests/boats/cruising areas.
- Potential Oyster Yacht Buyers. Some of our members are buying Oysters and value our thoughts on the various makes/models - what's good about them and what's not.
- Local Knowledge. We've cruised the Mediterranean, crossed the Atlantic, have sailed the Caribbean chain (twice) and the east coast of America. Members often ask us for marina and good anchorage suggestions.
"Simon and Kim transferred an enormous amount of knowledge and insight, much of which as stuck with me months later. I learned not only a bit on the ways of sailing, but they also regularly explained the nuances of choosing a boat, the finances and costs of ownership, maintaining and repairing them, along with how they wound up making the huge decision to sell everything and live on the sea!
I encourage anyone who is dreaming about a similar path or who’d simply like to learn to sail better to reach out to them. They are both very down to earth and will make whatever experience and learning you are seeking a joy, they are simply lovely folk." Andrew P Meadows
The Britican Club enables us to mentor couples and families to successfully transition into, and embrace, the sailing lifestyle.
We do this by:
- answering burning questions to quickly reduce worries and/or concerns
- being an experienced sounding board for potential plans, ideas and decisions
- highlighting key questions to ask, consider and discuss so to better define expectations of yours and others
- keeping it real – we’re not here to sell the lifestyle and discuss only the positive aspects. We’ll flag problem areas or speak out if we see something that’s not realistic.
- saving you time and money
- putting you in touch with other boaters and/or professionals that will help you on your journey
- putting you in touch with a professional yacht broker who is personally known to us, and is someone we trust, to act as a buyer’s agent on your behalf
- maintaining a regular schedule of taking actions
When we started living the sailing lifestyle we had no clue what we were getting ourselves into.
The learning curve was overwhelming. We made so many mistakes.
Way too often we spent money that we could have saved, made errors that we should have avoided and ultimately reinvented the wheel way too many times.
With so many extensive text-book style boat manuals, sailing forums, YouTube channels and sailing bloggers we got lost.
When issues came up we didn’t know where to find the important bit of information we needed. Sailing books seemed to be overly complicated and confusing.
Responses to questions asked in forums often made us feel bad for asking the question in the first place (duh..how do you not know that?).
YouTube channels can’t be searched so even if you recall seeing a sailing vlog cover something it’s often impossible to find it again! And sailing bloggers have great content but it’s often hard to find on their website (and I include myself in that!
Our website has over 400 articles that are very helpful but creating a way that’s easy to find what you need is not so easy).
“Simon and Kim – You’ve not only helped to keep us sane throughout the boat buying process but you saved us thousands of dollars.
If it weren’t for your thoughtful consideration of our situation, we would have purchased the wrong boat and had a potential nightmare on our hands. And now that we’re out on the water, in our dreamboat, I value your assistance with the passage planning and all the other things that pop into my head.
Armed with all your amazing checklists and guides and knowing that you’re at the end of the phone or an email has truly made our experience less stressful. Anyone that’s interested in buying a boat and sailing off into the sunset needs to have you two around!” Lisa Mann
What we also found once we got into the sailing lifestyle is that there are a whole host of armchair sailors that love to cut you down if you don’t know everything.
The sailing world is so full of jargon and even salty seadogs will look at you like you’ve got a third eye when you don’t know the accurate terminology (How dare you ask what reefing means – you shouldn’t be a sailor if you don’t know that)!
Looking back, what we needed was to be able to send an email or pick up the phone and call someone.
Sometimes our questions were broad like:
- what size boat would be best for our family and budget?
- where do I start when it comes to homeschooling?
- how much does it cost to keep the boat going on a monthly basis? As time went on, our questions became more specific like:
- how do we save money by servicing our engines/motors ourselves?
- how do we clean our fresh water tank?
- does our passage plan from A to B make sense?
- Is this sailing gadget worth the money? And the questions, ‘Are we making the right decision? Are we doing things right?’ came up over and over again.
We had a few really good resources that we could go to get questions answered but felt bad asking too many things or taking up too much time.
We didn’t want to be a burden but we really wanted help.
Eventually, however, the tide turned and instead of seeking answers to hundreds of questions we started answering those that were following in our footsteps. Because of our learning curve, we’ve found answers and offered help, education and insight through our blog articles, YouTube videos, sailing books, guides and…
So, now we’ve started The Britican Club to mentor over email and the phone (when not at sea) in addition to offering quite a few other value added specials. Our Club is being offered for our first trial run at half price – It’s only $100/month (discounted from $197 for our first members).
For those joining now at the low introductory price we'll lock it down. We promise never to raise it.
The Britican Club Includes:
- Phone and email consultancy with Simon and Kim.
- Articles, videos, courses, and webinars/live chats with Q&A session for members only based on members requirements
- Members only t-shirts and 20% discount on all Britican apparel
- First refusal on new dates released for the Britican Experience, our week long liveaboard sailing offer
- Personal introductions to other boat owners and quality service professionals
This is how the Club works:
- You join the club by clicking the 'Buy' button below, proceeding to checkout and purchasing a monthly membership (that can be cancelled any time).
- Within a day you'll get a welcome email sending you to a private questionnaire providing us information for what you're looking for and not looking for.
- Once the questionnaire is sent through, Simon will request a day and time to call and then he'll call you!
- After every conversation a follow-up call will be sent and you'll be on your way to sailing the seas.
The end result, whatever means it takes, is for you to successfully achieve your sailing lifestyle dreams. The Club is a priority option for those that have questions and concerns but don’t want to spend hours and even days looking for the answer.