Boatnotes - Sailing with Kids is creating a documentary about their family sailing adventure
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What's our story? Well, the first thing to know about us: we are a 'patchwork family' as we say in German - a blended family - in our case of two single parents who met 5 years ago, each with a son who until then had grown up as single children (it wasn't easy at first!!). We decided to join forces and ever since we have lived together, fought together a lot, laughed together and now we are traveling together as a family. On our sail boat Ponyo. The boys are being world-schooled by, well, the world. And by us adults.  
So this trip is welding us together closer than ever but there is more to our adventure: Ric and I want the boys to be experiencing and enjoying the beauty of our world but also getting an idea of our many global problems. We want them to grow up to be responsible, kind and resourceful men who know how to take their happiness into their own hands. Or as Behan Gifford from Sailing Totem said so beautifully: "We want them to know that they belong to humanity and not to one little group of people. And they belong to the earth".

And we want to inspire others to make bold decisions, to think out of the box, to get from "Yes, but..." to "Why not?". To encourage people to not let money (or more accurately: the lack of money) stop them from going after their dreams - there is always a way! That is why we are documenting our adventures. We were all absolute newbies to filming when we started off (let's face it, we still are) but we are working on improving our skills and equipment and that's where you come in. We don't expect or assume anyone will contribute any more to our videos than simply watching them. We are super happy about that by itself. But if you feel like supporting us because you want to see more - it'll all go back into producing more videos!
And maybe the occasional ice-cream for the boys. Who are filming and producing most of the videos by the way (and they have been dreaming about a drone and a better microphone for months...).
Rewards
Pledge 2$ or more per video
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Every dollar counts! The boys are seriously excited their videos are making some actual dollars so thank you so much for rewarding their work!!
As special thanks you will get to see our latest video before everyone else who is not a patreon :)
Stickers'n more for 5 Dollars'n more
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow, thank YOU!! Now the boys (and us) are even more excited and motivated and you are going to get one of our Boatnotes Stickers (shipping takes up min. 2 months) and early access to our most recent videos!
Get in touch for a tenner!!
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
You have an idea for a video? You have a question about our boat life? About the boys' school education? About our equipment? You can always write an email OR you can just ASK us via Skype!! We are super excited about your contribution and want to help get you started or with any other question you have as good as we can. 
And of course we'll send a Boatnotes sticker towards your direction (shipping takes up min. 2 months) and you'll get early access to our most recent video!

Aaaaand we are working on our merchandise so be ready for more rewards in the very near future.
WOW!!
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
We are feeling extremely flattered by your appreciation of our work and want to give something back:
Rike made an exclusive documentary of how we got where we are now, it's an insightful account of the time before we took off on our sailboat, a video diary about the preparation madness mixed with some footage about doubts, anticipations, worries and so on. And since we presume you and us are soulmates in a way we would like to share it with you!
On top of the pre-release access to our most recent videos and the sticker (shipping takes up min. 2 months), of course.

Aaaaand we are working on our merchandise so be ready for more rewards in the very near future.
THAT is just absolutely wonderful.
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
We can't even begin to thank you. So let us reward this phenomenal contribution to our project with:
  • a personal Skype talk
  • thanking you in the end credits of every episode for the duration of your pledge
  • access to Rike's insightful and very personal documentary about the time preceding our adventure
  • early access to our most recent videos
  • Boatnotes sticker (shipping takes up min. 2 months)
Aaaaand we are working on our merchandise so be ready for more rewards in the very near future!!
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The boys would love to purchase a drone to be able to get better footage for our viewers to enjoy but right now all spare money goes into boat maintenance...
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What's our story? Well, the first thing to know about us: we are a 'patchwork family' as we say in German - a blended family - in our case of two single parents who met 5 years ago, each with a son who until then had grown up as single children (it wasn't easy at first!!). We decided to join forces and ever since we have lived together, fought together a lot, laughed together and now we are traveling together as a family. On our sail boat Ponyo. The boys are being world-schooled by, well, the world. And by us adults.  
So this trip is welding us together closer than ever but there is more to our adventure: Ric and I want the boys to be experiencing and enjoying the beauty of our world but also getting an idea of our many global problems. We want them to grow up to be responsible, kind and resourceful men who know how to take their happiness into their own hands. Or as Behan Gifford from Sailing Totem said so beautifully: "We want them to know that they belong to humanity and not to one little group of people. And they belong to the earth".

And we want to inspire others to make bold decisions, to think out of the box, to get from "Yes, but..." to "Why not?". To encourage people to not let money (or more accurately: the lack of money) stop them from going after their dreams - there is always a way! That is why we are documenting our adventures. We were all absolute newbies to filming when we started off (let's face it, we still are) but we are working on improving our skills and equipment and that's where you come in. We don't expect or assume anyone will contribute any more to our videos than simply watching them. We are super happy about that by itself. But if you feel like supporting us because you want to see more - it'll all go back into producing more videos!
And maybe the occasional ice-cream for the boys. Who are filming and producing most of the videos by the way (and they have been dreaming about a drone and a better microphone for months...).

Recent posts by Boatnotes - Sailing with Kids

Rewards
Pledge 2$ or more per video
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Every dollar counts! The boys are seriously excited their videos are making some actual dollars so thank you so much for rewarding their work!!
As special thanks you will get to see our latest video before everyone else who is not a patreon :)
Stickers'n more for 5 Dollars'n more
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow, thank YOU!! Now the boys (and us) are even more excited and motivated and you are going to get one of our Boatnotes Stickers (shipping takes up min. 2 months) and early access to our most recent videos!
Get in touch for a tenner!!
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
You have an idea for a video? You have a question about our boat life? About the boys' school education? About our equipment? You can always write an email OR you can just ASK us via Skype!! We are super excited about your contribution and want to help get you started or with any other question you have as good as we can. 
And of course we'll send a Boatnotes sticker towards your direction (shipping takes up min. 2 months) and you'll get early access to our most recent video!

Aaaaand we are working on our merchandise so be ready for more rewards in the very near future.
WOW!!
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
We are feeling extremely flattered by your appreciation of our work and want to give something back:
Rike made an exclusive documentary of how we got where we are now, it's an insightful account of the time before we took off on our sailboat, a video diary about the preparation madness mixed with some footage about doubts, anticipations, worries and so on. And since we presume you and us are soulmates in a way we would like to share it with you!
On top of the pre-release access to our most recent videos and the sticker (shipping takes up min. 2 months), of course.

Aaaaand we are working on our merchandise so be ready for more rewards in the very near future.
THAT is just absolutely wonderful.
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
We can't even begin to thank you. So let us reward this phenomenal contribution to our project with:
  • a personal Skype talk
  • thanking you in the end credits of every episode for the duration of your pledge
  • access to Rike's insightful and very personal documentary about the time preceding our adventure
  • early access to our most recent videos
  • Boatnotes sticker (shipping takes up min. 2 months)
Aaaaand we are working on our merchandise so be ready for more rewards in the very near future!!