MJ Sailing

MJ Sailing

is creating an adventurous and sustainable life while sailing to the Arctic
Thanks for stopping by!  



Matt and I (Jessica) had a comfortable life back in the suburbs, but something just didn't feel right about it.  There was too much to experience out in the world and we found ourselves spending too much time on our couch.  A change needed to be made.  So in 2008 we bought a 24 ft sailboat and spent many wonderful weekends on Lake Michigan. 

But we soon found out that was still only a seasonal hobby.  At the age of 30 we decided there was nothing holding us back...so why not take a chance and travel the world? Upgrading to a 34 ft Sabre, we left Michigan and sailed through the Caribbean + across the Atlantic and back; all possible by living on the savings we built up by selling our house, cars, and having spent 3 years on land (and then 3 on the water) being incredibly frugal in our lifestyle. 

(Example of our spending here: http://www.mjsailing.com/cos/cost-of-cruising-2014/)


In 2015 we traded in our Sabre for a 37 ft custom aluminum sailboat, with the goal of high latitude cruising....especially the fjords of Norway.  But before we could just sail away in our new boat, she needed a complete refit.  We spent 2.5 years in a small town in Florida taking this boat which was not even seaworthy when we bought her; and turning her into a custom home that was perfect for us, and also be strong enough to carry us through the Roaring 40's and into ice laden waters.

(To watch the refit from the beginning, click here: http://www.mjsailing.com/this-is-so-far-from-glamping/)


Now, we're on our way to our goal of sailing to Norway, and hopefully spending a second season exploring the Baltic Sea.  We'd love to bring you along for the journey and share as much as possible with you.  The videos we produce take a lot of time and effort, and it is only with the aid of our patrons that we're able to continue sailing the globe and sharing this alternative lifestyle.  We're so very thankful to each and every patron for their support.  





You have no idea how much your support means to us.  For those of you who have been following us for years, Thank you!  And to any new guests, we hope you enjoy our story and videos, and that we see you around for years to come!

MUCH LOVE
JESSICA & MATT




 If the monthly commitment of Patreon doesn't work for you, support
for our journey can still be given in other ways:
Click here to give one time support towards our journey


Tiers
Iron Level
$2 or more per Video

Welcome to our Patreon family, and thank you for supporting our video production! At the Iron level, you will receive: 

 

 

  • Access to videos 1 week before everyone else!
  • Patreon only updates
  • Private Facebook Group

    Thank you so much for taking that extra step to keep us on our journey!  With this reward you'll get our quickest response to questions and comments; plus you'll have access to behind the scenes photos and videos, as well as entry to our Patreon Only Facebook group.  Here we'll post things which won't get shared anywhere else, and you can also communicate with each other about your sailing experiences and questions.

    Plus, Georgie gives you a big kiss for keeping the boat stocked with treats. 


Aluminum Level
$5 or more per Video

For just a little bit more, you can REALLY make a difference in keeping us going. You'll get:


  • Access to videos 1 week before everyone else!
  • Patreon only updates
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Participate in polls to help decide where we go & what we do.
  • My top Photo of the Month,  posted to this page at the beginning of every month, to be used as a screensaver or wallpaper.  Sent with the highest resolution available to us, it can even be printed and ready for framing...if you really like my work enough to do that.  ;)
  • A 25% Discount on any Elements of Life swag purchase. (Code will be released quarterly in our posts so you don't have to scroll too far to find it.)


Picture me doing a happy dance as I'm at the bar, with enough money in hand to buy at least two beers while I upload videos.  


P.S. Did you know this will also help contribute to my World Beer Tour?, where I sample as many local brews as I can from each country we visit. (You can keep tabs on my tour here.) 

Bronze Level
$10 or more per Video

 Really guys?  You are so amazing!  We can only hope that our adventures and videos are living up to the standard that you're expecting of us. 

Wow, you have no idea how much your pledge is helping us get toward our goals.  From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU.  For your pledge you'll get:


  • Access to our videos 1 week before everyone else!
  • Patreon only updates 
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Participate in polls to help decide where we go & what we do.
  • My top Photo of the Month, sent directly to your inbox to be used as a screensaver or wallpaper. Sent with the highest resolution available to us, it can even be printed and ready for framing.
  • A sticker pack featuring the Elements of Life logo.
  • 50% off your first Elements of Life T-shirt, in addition to the 25% discount you can always enjoy! (Promo code will be sent after first month of pledge)
Silver Level
$25 or more per Video

So you're interested in our swag?  I knew you would be.  For this generous pledge you will receive:  

(minimum two videos supported)

  • Access to our videos 1 week before everyone else!
  • Patreon only updates 
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Participate in polls to help decide where we go & what we do.
  • My top Photo of the Month, sent directly to your inbox to be used as a screensaver or wallpaper. Sent with the highest resolution available to us, it can even be printed and ready for framing.
  • A sticker pack with our boat logo.
  • A MJ Sailing Crew T-shirt with our new boat logo, and two drink koozies, In addition to the 25% discount you can always enjoy!  (Promo code will be sent out after first month of pledge)


 This is the best bang for your buck, and will help us go so far! Not only will it keep us updating videos for you as well as food in our bellies, but now we can keep our camera gear updated so we're always able to capture the amazing beauty around us and then share it with you. 

Gold Level
$50 or more per Video
You are truly going above and beyond here.  There's nothing in your daily routine I can assume you're giving up to help us out, and you've probably started selling off your organs, so you must just really like us!  And we are blown away by that!  

For this pledge you will receive EVERYTHING listed above, as well as a PERSONAL MEET UP if we're in your area, or one on one Skype call with us where we can chat about anything you'd like, or you can have Matt personally address any lingering boat questions you have about our boat or even your own boat.  He really is an encyclopedia about boats.


Let me just say boats again.  BOATS.


Thanks for stopping by!  



Matt and I (Jessica) had a comfortable life back in the suburbs, but something just didn't feel right about it.  There was too much to experience out in the world and we found ourselves spending too much time on our couch.  A change needed to be made.  So in 2008 we bought a 24 ft sailboat and spent many wonderful weekends on Lake Michigan. 

But we soon found out that was still only a seasonal hobby.  At the age of 30 we decided there was nothing holding us back...so why not take a chance and travel the world? Upgrading to a 34 ft Sabre, we left Michigan and sailed through the Caribbean + across the Atlantic and back; all possible by living on the savings we built up by selling our house, cars, and having spent 3 years on land (and then 3 on the water) being incredibly frugal in our lifestyle. 

(Example of our spending here: http://www.mjsailing.com/cos/cost-of-cruising-2014/)


In 2015 we traded in our Sabre for a 37 ft custom aluminum sailboat, with the goal of high latitude cruising....especially the fjords of Norway.  But before we could just sail away in our new boat, she needed a complete refit.  We spent 2.5 years in a small town in Florida taking this boat which was not even seaworthy when we bought her; and turning her into a custom home that was perfect for us, and also be strong enough to carry us through the Roaring 40's and into ice laden waters.

(To watch the refit from the beginning, click here: http://www.mjsailing.com/this-is-so-far-from-glamping/)


Now, we're on our way to our goal of sailing to Norway, and hopefully spending a second season exploring the Baltic Sea.  We'd love to bring you along for the journey and share as much as possible with you.  The videos we produce take a lot of time and effort, and it is only with the aid of our patrons that we're able to continue sailing the globe and sharing this alternative lifestyle.  We're so very thankful to each and every patron for their support.  





You have no idea how much your support means to us.  For those of you who have been following us for years, Thank you!  And to any new guests, we hope you enjoy our story and videos, and that we see you around for years to come!

MUCH LOVE
JESSICA & MATT




 If the monthly commitment of Patreon doesn't work for you, support
for our journey can still be given in other ways:
Click here to give one time support towards our journey


Recent posts by MJ Sailing

Tiers
Iron Level
$2 or more per Video

Welcome to our Patreon family, and thank you for supporting our video production! At the Iron level, you will receive: 

 

 

  • Access to videos 1 week before everyone else!
  • Patreon only updates
  • Private Facebook Group

    Thank you so much for taking that extra step to keep us on our journey!  With this reward you'll get our quickest response to questions and comments; plus you'll have access to behind the scenes photos and videos, as well as entry to our Patreon Only Facebook group.  Here we'll post things which won't get shared anywhere else, and you can also communicate with each other about your sailing experiences and questions.

    Plus, Georgie gives you a big kiss for keeping the boat stocked with treats. 


Aluminum Level
$5 or more per Video

For just a little bit more, you can REALLY make a difference in keeping us going. You'll get:


  • Access to videos 1 week before everyone else!
  • Patreon only updates
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Participate in polls to help decide where we go & what we do.
  • My top Photo of the Month,  posted to this page at the beginning of every month, to be used as a screensaver or wallpaper.  Sent with the highest resolution available to us, it can even be printed and ready for framing...if you really like my work enough to do that.  ;)
  • A 25% Discount on any Elements of Life swag purchase. (Code will be released quarterly in our posts so you don't have to scroll too far to find it.)


Picture me doing a happy dance as I'm at the bar, with enough money in hand to buy at least two beers while I upload videos.  


P.S. Did you know this will also help contribute to my World Beer Tour?, where I sample as many local brews as I can from each country we visit. (You can keep tabs on my tour here.) 

Bronze Level
$10 or more per Video

 Really guys?  You are so amazing!  We can only hope that our adventures and videos are living up to the standard that you're expecting of us. 

Wow, you have no idea how much your pledge is helping us get toward our goals.  From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU.  For your pledge you'll get:


  • Access to our videos 1 week before everyone else!
  • Patreon only updates 
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Participate in polls to help decide where we go & what we do.
  • My top Photo of the Month, sent directly to your inbox to be used as a screensaver or wallpaper. Sent with the highest resolution available to us, it can even be printed and ready for framing.
  • A sticker pack featuring the Elements of Life logo.
  • 50% off your first Elements of Life T-shirt, in addition to the 25% discount you can always enjoy! (Promo code will be sent after first month of pledge)
Silver Level
$25 or more per Video

So you're interested in our swag?  I knew you would be.  For this generous pledge you will receive:  

(minimum two videos supported)

  • Access to our videos 1 week before everyone else!
  • Patreon only updates 
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Participate in polls to help decide where we go & what we do.
  • My top Photo of the Month, sent directly to your inbox to be used as a screensaver or wallpaper. Sent with the highest resolution available to us, it can even be printed and ready for framing.
  • A sticker pack with our boat logo.
  • A MJ Sailing Crew T-shirt with our new boat logo, and two drink koozies, In addition to the 25% discount you can always enjoy!  (Promo code will be sent out after first month of pledge)


 This is the best bang for your buck, and will help us go so far! Not only will it keep us updating videos for you as well as food in our bellies, but now we can keep our camera gear updated so we're always able to capture the amazing beauty around us and then share it with you. 

Gold Level
$50 or more per Video
You are truly going above and beyond here.  There's nothing in your daily routine I can assume you're giving up to help us out, and you've probably started selling off your organs, so you must just really like us!  And we are blown away by that!  

For this pledge you will receive EVERYTHING listed above, as well as a PERSONAL MEET UP if we're in your area, or one on one Skype call with us where we can chat about anything you'd like, or you can have Matt personally address any lingering boat questions you have about our boat or even your own boat.  He really is an encyclopedia about boats.


Let me just say boats again.  BOATS.