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TV Series Seeks Liveaboard Families

Production company developing a new documentary TV series about liveaboards. We're seeking a dynamic family with big personalities living and loving their unconventional home.

The series will focus on what it means for a family to live, work, and play as full-time liveaboards and how they deal with everything from dinner to keeping themselves afloat.

If you or someone you know is interested, email our casting producer:

Tell us a little about yourselves and where possible include some photos of yourselves and your home.
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Whoever you decide to feature, you should consider using dylanwinter as a production consultant. He knows sailboats and he knows video. You need one single person who knows both, not two different people that know one of each.

Check him out here:

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Good luck, anybody I know who lives aboard, selected that lifestyle just to get away from that kind of thing. I would be surprised if anyone who chooses that lifestyle would want to be involved in a snoopy T.V. production with all the prying cameras and googleing eyes, just to entertain someone who's life is so bland that they need to resort to watching instead of doing. Just MHO..Rick

John, good suggestion using Dylan Winter..excellent cameraman who knows boats a nd sailing, but I wonder if that kind of the would even interest him..

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Can't help but notice that it is always families wanted. Clearly a small minority of those who liveaboard but I guess a large percentage of the book and TV buying dreamers. I guess it also saves time determining who plays what role.

Of course I know a few families sailing but it would take some production work to create the controversy needed to sell. Very level headed group.

I would suggest hiring people to do this…..oh wait that is what is being tried….I mean hire individual people and then put them together for the show.
Have them be the family needed, then after the show is released, expose them as fakes and frauds. Well timed it could drive ratings through the roof and since you controlled all parts of the show it should be well worth watching.

Do some actual sailing and I might be interested in watching it when it comes out on Blue-ray.

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I agree with Rick. I live aboard too!

Here is a clue for the TV guys: Ice Blink.
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Gee, we do that all summer, not far from NY too, with 4 kids ages 5 to 13, one with autism. And we could house a cameraperson in the crew quarters.

Problem is, that every minute of the summer is priceless. Not sure we'd want to take the time to deal with all the cameras and everything. And the secret spots we go to are special -- I'd share them on this forum without hesitation, but sharing them on prime time seems different somehow.

Each day is different and dynamic and serendipitous -- on the inside. For an external viewer, not sure how much a viewer could stand watching us 1) playing in/on/under the water, 2) playing/chatting on the beach, 3) reading, 4) deciding what to do for dinner, 5) choosing the venues for each part of the day, and 6) teaching the kids. And sailing, of course. What's missing is back stabbing, scheming and other things that seem to make ratings. Instead it's beach, bar-b-ques, bon fires, wine/beers with family and friends, sunsets, and simple fun. It's basically a moving, relaxed-but-careful party in a big playground. Like I said, it's summer.

Also, any livaboard is going to be smart enough to ask to see your previous work, to see if you are creating ratings or actually showing what life's like. Think of a scale between Ken Burns and Jerry Springer. You might want to post links to some of your previous work.

Good luck in your search. If it has some good sailing clips, I'm sure we'd all want to watch it.


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Realize that the target market will likely not be the sailing community. It will be those who think that people who live on a boat are freaks; and this will re-enforce that. Ice Blink is the last place they are looking to go with this, that will not bring in ratings. If Ice Blink was a popular concept, it would have already had wider distribution. In the scale of Springer to Burns, likely much closer to Springer.

You want good wholesome entertainment?????? What's the matter with you? You some kind of pervert?
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The first thing that jumps out at me about the request is a lack of knowledge... most - not all I know but most - liveaboard families aren't rolling around in extra space, so adding a camera crew to the mix is going to be difficult. And trying to trail alongside and film close in another boat when the liveaboards change tack will be an adventure.
And as others have said, folks that chose this lifestyle aren't likely to want to submit to the intrusion.
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