April 19, 2024

Brian Trautman labored 60-hour weeks as a software program developer for firms like Microsoft for years. Finally he realized that one of the best a part of his day was the bus experience to and from work. On a kind of journeys, Trautman determined he wanted to make a change.

After two years of saving as a lot as he may, in Could 2008 he bought every little thing he owned, together with a three-bedroom townhouse in Redmond, Washington, and started a two-year sabbatical to sail all over the world.

“[I thought to myself] “After two years, I’ll be prepared to come back again and know precisely what I wish to do for the remainder of my life, and I simply by no means got here again,” Trautman tells CNBC Make It.

Trautman bought a 53-foot sailboat named SV Delos for $398,000 with an $81,000 down fee. It has three cabins and two bogs. He made his final fee for the boat in 2019.

Trautman bought his sailboat in Bellingham, Washington in the summertime of 2008.

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When Trautman set sail, he had two years of financial savings, about $48,000. It went out 3 times, he says. Based on paperwork reviewed by CNBC Make It, he maxed out his bank cards, cashed out his 401K and took odd jobs whereas touring the world to outlive.

Then, in 2011, whereas docked in New Zealand, he met his now spouse, Karin. The 2 started filming their adventures on the boat collectively and began their YouTube channel Crusing SV Delos.

“It shouldn’t be a full-time job. It was simply to feed us and assist finance the journey slightly. And now it’s all we do,” says Trautman.

The couple makes use of the cash they make from their YouTube channel and crowdfunding to take care of their life-style.

The sailboat has a cabin within the again that serves as a bed room for Trautman and his spouse, a cabin within the entrance of the ship for his daughter, and a 3rd cabin for visitors. The boat additionally has a kitchen space with a convection oven, dishwasher and toaster.

“We’ve many trendy home equipment and facilities that you simply may discover in your personal residence. Every thing is simply by some means smaller,” says Trautman.

The sailboat has three cabins and two bogs on board.

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Though the SV Delos has three fridges by which the household can retailer a number of meat or fish, recent fruit and greens are an enormous downside. The couple can solely maintain sufficient to final them a couple of weeks earlier than they’ve to return to land for extra. Which is quite a bit tougher than it appears.

“We reside and die by the climate out right here, so the climate dictates every little thing we do,” Trautman mentioned. “This life is usually uncomfortable. It’s much more labor intensive than residing in a home.”

Throughout a typical buying journey round city, the couple spent about $500 on groceries that ought to final a number of weeks to months, relying on what’s perishable and what’s not. Along with groceries, the couple spends about $1,900 a month on boat insurance coverage, upkeep, gas and utilities. You additionally pay $250 per 30 days for satellite tv for pc WiFi.

Trautman and his household are at present docked in French Polynesia.

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Since touring the world by boat, Trautman has visited over 45 international locations and logged 70,000 nautical miles.

When Karin was seven months pregnant, the couple briefly moved again to land. They moved to Sweden, the place Karin’s household lives and Sierra was born. When Sierra was 4 months outdated, the now household of three returned to life on the sailboat.

“It was an enormous change in our life-style however very rewarding. We will sit behind the boat and see the sharks, rays, pufferfish, dolphins and whales,” Trautman mentioned. “She’s in a position to actually see all of these items as a substitute of simply in a guide.”

To remain in contact with their members of the family on land, Trautman says they’ve family members go to them once they dock. For instance, his dad and mom visited her within the Caribbean and Karin’s household visited her within the Philippines.

The couple stays related with their household on-line and plans journeys to locations the place they dock.

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Now that Sierra is 4 years outdated, Trautman says they plan to remain in French Polynesia for the subsequent yr, however are contemplating returning to Sweden full-time so their daughter can develop up in Karin’s tradition and household.

“This journey has mainly modified my DNA and I’m a distinct individual than once I began,” says Trautman. “I’ve a distinct perspective on priorities and what’s vital in my life. The time I spend with pals, household and family members is what counts.”

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