Living the Lifestyle of Travel on the Water – Two adventure filmmakers travel the seas on their Beneteau
by Beneteau, 18 Nov 12:37 UTC
As the remote working trend continues, more and more people are evolving Working From Home (WFH) to Working From Boat (WFB). For some, WFB is done intermittently, alternating living and working on land with occasional cruises on their boat.
Others have taken the plunge and live onboard full-time, finding innovative ways to make a living while traveling to exotic locations. Find out how Will and Olya managed to create a lifestyle for travel on the water as adventure filmmakers aboard their BENETEAU, S/V Bonita.
We followed Will and Olya as they cruised the seas in their BENETEAU Oceanis 400! The couple, who call themselves the Floating Production Company, travel with the wind to where the stories are, sharing incredible photos of everything along the way! Read a snippet of what her life is like aboard the S/V Bonita below.
feeling of home
For the past 10 years we’ve made our living as adventure filmmakers. This means you travel a lot throughout the year and are often out and about 8-10 months out of the year. For the most part we loved every second of it…Exploring new cultures, landscapes, food, etc. However, we always missed the idea of home. A base not only to store our belongings and spend a night, but also a place to invite friends to visit and not the other way around.
Switching to a boat over the past year has ticked both criteria for us… It’s a platform that allows us to continue exploring new places, yet gives us the convenience of being at home wherever we are. It’s also given us the opportunity to finally be hosts instead of guests, a role reversal that we’ve been looking forward to for a very long time.
It was great to bring friends on board and share this new ‘travel-on-water’ lifestyle. You seem to get it… Sure, sailing isn’t all about fair winds, cocktails and sunsets, but the good far out are the bad and we’ll take the adventure via a cabin each day.
Traveling on the water involves a lot of logistics… The big ones depend on weather/conditions and timing. How long does the crossing from A to B take and how big is our weather window? When you’re starting out, this can be incredibly daunting. Despite this, we have found the sailing community to be incredibly open to sharing their knowledge and insights. Combining this with modern weather map applications has helped us keep our anxiety at bay and we’ve really started to enjoy our longer trips lately.
Drop the hook
One of our favorite parts of sailing is arriving and unhooking, especially after a long day at the helm. There is rudimentary luck in aiming for a spot on the map and managing to arrive no matter how long the journey. We really love arriving just before sunset, enjoying the last light of the day with a drink in hand and feeling filled with the day’s events.
The places you will go
Before we lived on a boat, we often missed the wood for the trees. In other words, we’d arrive at a location, do some superficial exploration during production, then find ourselves somewhere new the next day (if not the afternoon) by plane or car.
Traveling under sail means a slower pace but allows us to get a real feel for the places we are visiting. The weather dictates our journey, making us hypersensitive and open to our surroundings. It allows us to look at any place through a new lens and really see it for what it is.
sunrise to sunset
when do you live the grid, it’s nature that provides entertainment. We’ve found that we’re ready for most sunrises and definitely enjoy every sunset as these are like free shows that play out differently every day. They tend to be a time of reflection on what is to come or what was experienced or accomplished that day. With every rise and fall of the sun we feel more present, more in the moment.
One thing that should have been more obvious before we started is how excited we were about wildlife encounters. Traveling downwind seems like a perfect speed for spotting… Whether it’s a breaching sailfish, dolphins on the bow, the odd shark or two, or even a fever (yes, fever) of stingrays cruising under the keel glide, it was all such a joy to experience!