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Re: The future of RAN Sailing?!

Unless Delos gets a new boat, I think Brady and Blue will have to go get their own boat, which I doubt they can do financially. They’d also need a spin off channel, I think. Perhaps with some manufacturers sponsorship, they could collectively solve this, but they’ve rejected that to date. Unlike LaVag.

I also get the impression that Brain is re-engaging in land work (online). Made some mention of his desktop computer set up, in Sweden, being for work. He might have meant videos, but seemed otherwise.

I roll my eyes, when Delos refers to what they do as the Delos “project”. As if they are really charting new territory. I like following their adventure, but it’s a travel/sailing channel, not Jacque Cousteau.

p.s. interesting article in the Wall Street Journal last week on the increase in couples that are retiring to their boats and adventuring out. There is a trend. I believe the exposure of the small subset that actually exists out there on YouTube is a factor. Maybe that’s what Delos means by being a project.


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Re: The future of RAN Sailing?!

Just received an email announcing LaVagabond will be part of the Fall Annapolis Sailboat show. The email was from the show organizers. They are raffling off a meet and greet with Eleyna and Riley aboard their boat. Not that it does much for me, but I have to give them credit for the marketing skills. Not an accident they have those million subscribers obviously.

Unfortunately, I知 pretty sure I値l miss the show this year, as I知 returning from being out of the country just prior.


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Just received an email announcing LaVagabond will be part of the Fall Annapolis Sailboat show. The email was from the show organizers. They are raffling off a meet and greet with Eleyna and Riley aboard their boat. Not that it does much for me, but I have to give them credit for the marketing skills. Not an accident they have those million subscribers obviously.

Unfortunately, I知 pretty sure I値l miss the show this year, as I知 returning from being out of the country just prior.
I don't know what the purpose of meeting them would do since most of their experiences are already on video. Personally I would gain just as much satisfaction from chatting up a sailor or couple passing through their own without a YouTube channel.
Just the other day I jumped over the side for a swim while on a mooring in Port Jefferson. A trawler with an elderly couple motored in and picked up a nearby mooring. So I swam over had a little chat. They were heading up to Lake Champlain on their Trawler. They were ex sailors and had a nice little Gam with them about their travels.

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I don't know what the purpose of meeting them would do since most of their experiences are already on video. ......
I agree, it does nothing for me. However, groupies hanging over the stage front at a concert are the same thing. No short supply. You can watch any band痴 music vids, but folks swarm to the front of the concert. People can be star struck. It痴 a smart marketing move for them. Just like a concert tour to promote the band.


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Simply commerce...take part or not
This thing has far to go before maturity...evolving
On the train...or not
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I have followed Ran - but its run its course - for me at least - like many of these sailing channels - I still keep up with White Spot Pirates - especially since she is on the west coast of Colombia now - and still watch the Old Seadog - can relate to him, I guess I tend to lose interest when they move up to bigger , more expensive boats - I like the ones roughing it a bit more - watching someone sail around the world on a 50 foot cat or same size mono - getting a little too much like the "lifestyles of the rich and famous"
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I have followed Ran - but its run its course - for me at least - like many of these sailing channels - I still keep up with White Spot Pirates - especially since she is on the west coast of Colombia now - and still watch the Old Seadog - can relate to him, I guess I tend to lose interest when they move up to bigger , more expensive boats - I like the ones roughing it a bit more - watching someone sail around the world on a 50 foot cat or same size mono - getting a little too much like the "lifestyles of the rich and famous"
I like Old Sea Dog I think his videos shows more of the reality than some of those with sailing shiny new Catamarans. Though I find it amazing some of the screw ups manage to keep sailing too. Sinking or almost sinking their boats, dinghies etc...
I also keep noticing that it seems more of the woman have issues with sea sickness. Wonder if that played into RANS plans?
On Drake Paragon Monique seems to disappear from videos on long passages as she stays in her bunk. I've noticed a few others mention it also.
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I like Old Sea Dog I think his videos shows more of the reality than some of those with sailing shiny new Catamarans. Though I find it amazing some of the screw ups manage to keep sailing too. Sinking or almost sinking their boats, dinghies etc...
I also keep noticing that it seems more of the woman have issues with sea sickness. Wonder if that played into RANS plans?
On Drake Paragon Monique seems to disappear from videos on long passages as she stays in her bunk. I've noticed a few others mention it also.
With RAN part of the reason for the sale of the boat and the increased sea sickness is that she / they are pregnant.

I started watching LaVagabonde when they began the channel (with the monohull) but lost interest quickly. Riley was a crappy captain, and I couldn't understand why Elenya was sailing with him (other than he had a boat). I understand that LaVagabonde have parlayed their Youtube/Patreon following into providing them with a catamaran now. I followed White Spot Pirates until she spent months on the hard in Central America having holes patched. WSP had too much drama for me. Many of these channels seem to morph into T&A shows or head off in some other direction. For example; Never Monday morphed into a motorcycle tour after I gave up on them. I was really into Sailing Uma for the first year, but gradually lost interest. I lost all interest in them when the fitted the 2 gallon homemade holding tank as part of their head re-do.

RAN is the only one of these channels that I have consistently followed because it is sailing, maintenance, and travelogue with people that I would like to have aboard my boat.


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I also follow Wicket Salty. A young couple on a fixer upper, i.e. not an expensive boat. Real down to earth, not made of money for sure. I like low budget people and older boats as they more align with what I'll be. LaVag became too rich, too many marinas and a baby. All of which dont interest me.
I did follow Ran, still do, but with not much interest.
Britican is now stuck in Caribbean needing money. I think they have a big boat for having run out of money, but charting works for them so far. Wish them luck. Great email and how to from the wife on her blog?
I did like Catalpa, middle age couple with kids. Not interested in kids, but love their low budget, do it yourself sailing. Follow them regularly but going to land to sell boat and move up eventually. If it broke, he fixed it or they did without. Nice.
Delos, yep, great vids. Seems to be not as adventurous as they were in the Indian Ocean.

Gone with the Wynns, my favorite. Pretty much my age (slightly younger), couple w/no kids, on a 43' cat which I also plan to sail, not made of money, does as much repair as possible, love their destinations!
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I also follow Wicket Salty. A young couple on a fixer upper, i.e. not an expensive boat. Real down to earth, not made of money for sure.......
I really liked following their original cruise to the Bahamas. They graduated college, saved up the money for a small inexpensive boat and made it happen, before moving on with their lives. It was vicarious, as I wished I had done the same at that age. They were clearly inexperienced, but going for it.

Unfortunately, they now make me cringe. Admittedly, I don't watch much of their recent stuff anymore, so perhaps it's improved. First, they don't really seem to be students of the sport. Poor practices, wrong terminology, etc. They even sunk one boat, although, it's hard to know if they should have been able to prevent it. One would expect them to have come further up the curve. Second, they are no longer getting in their gap year travel, as it would have been called in my day. They are trying to sell videos for living. The extremely poor quality didn't bother me, when I was watching a couple of recent college grads on an adventure. If they are supposed to be pros now, avoiding real life, their game has lagged far behind.

Nice kids, I don't intend to be mean. I'm sure I'm just not their target audience. I wish them success.
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