MJ Sailingis creating an adventurous and sustainable life while sailing to the Arctic
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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.
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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:
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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!
JESSICA & MATT
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One big issue we've noticed is keeping our images stable while filming underway. A stabilizer for the camera will mean a lot more shooting as we sail, plus better quality of those sailing videos. And isn't that why you watch these videos in the first place? <3