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Have sailing Youtubers jumped the shark?

It seems that most all of them that started out on a bit of a shoestring budget are now either moving up or are planning on getting the next bigger boat - going from a fixer-upper to a $100K ( or more) , I guess videos are profitable and are allowing them to think bigger - which is fine - its just I have no interest in following at that point - or maybe just the whole concept is getting overdone - only view a couple of them now -
still on occasion I will watch
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Re: Have sailing Youtubers jumped the shark?

I agree. Also with them moving up. When they move out of my budget and boat size, I move on. I'm just not too much into following channels that have too much money and do things I wont be able to do. I don't hate them; I'd love to have that income, just not interested.

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Re: Have sailing Youtubers jumped the shark?

It's not like sailing is all that exciting when you are doing it, but watching others do it? Even during that 1% of the time when it is really exciting (definition of sailing; 99% sheer boredom, 1% sheer terror), I should think one would be way too busy to be making a video. Personally, I just don't find it at all interesting to watch youtube videos of people sailing, looking at boats to buy or doing repairs on their boats. Even the ones made to show the damage after Maria and Irma put me to sleep PDQ. They are all way too verbose. Ten seconds and I'm bored to death. Not one of them will ever make a dime off of me.
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The only one that I watch is RAN Sailing. While they have recently purchased a more expensive boat to replace RAN, they are a couple that I would like to meet. Their videos are well done and interesting.
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Re: Have sailing Youtubers jumped the shark?

The related question is :

Do real sailors watch sailing blogs?

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Re: Have sailing Youtubers jumped the shark?

The corollary is who is the audience for sailing vlogs? My guess is that most are not out there sailing... mostly lifestyle voyeurs. Do porn stars watch porn? I would guess no... But I have no clue about this.

Travel vids can be seductive. There are many places I've seen on the flat screen that I will never see up close and personal for any number of reasons. So I appreciate good content in that sense.
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Re: Have sailing Youtubers jumped the shark?

I doubt if there's any real change. The few very successful boat vloggers are making big bucks. The vast majority of people posting content are making bupkis. It's the standard model of the Internet. Those with big bucks and big power (influence) will be able to command greater rewards. No different here than anywhere in the economy.

As in the past, these vlogs are aimed at the voyeur and dreamer, not the actual doers. No different that the glossy mags of old. Once you graduate to actual cruiser, these vids hold little interest, except for specific research purposes.
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Re: Have sailing Youtubers jumped the shark?

It seems to me the highwater mark was some time in 2017. When youtube changed monetization rules to a minimum 1000 subscribers + 4000 hours/year of watch time, that seemed to be the start of the decline of small hobby channels that were in many ways the most interesting.

Creators pretty much had to create content that would attract volume subscribers if they wanted to monetise. Volume subscribers I think means you have to create content that appeals to a broader spectrum of viewers.

Also think it's a lot harder to get a channel off the ground now because the genre is so saturated. It used to be a vid with any sailing content got lots of clicks, now not so much, so I think a lot of people just kind of lose interest in making vids.
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