This video ranks the top ten highest paid sailing channels based on my estimates of their Patreon and AdSense revenues from their channels. 9 of the 10 were vloggers. All channels incur expenses such as buying and replacing camera and computer gear to keep the pipeline of videos flowing. Only two channels made six figures. The highest paid channels did not necessarily have the most subscribers. My recent study looked at 444 sailing YouTube channels. Thus, the other 98 percent of channels made less than the top 10 from Patreon and AdSense.
I assumed that their average patron paid for 32 videos per year, and the channels made $1.50 per 1,000 views on Adsense. My estimates could be way off if either one of those estimates was off for any particular channel. Advertising revenues vary greatly based on a lot of factors. Not all public pledges are the same on Patreon because patrons can limit the number of times they are charged per month. Nevertheless, this assumption for Patreon was in line with the 2016 Patreon blog reported earnings for Sailing SV Delos and Sailing La Vagabonde.
The channels’ Patreon revenues were based on the public Patreon pledges and the annual views reported by Socialblade.com. The revenue estimates are guesses and could be significantly higher or lower.
0:33 Chase the Story Sailing and Sailing Miss Lone Star have more subscribers than some in the top 10 but did not make the highest paid list.
0:50 #10 Sailing Uma sail a Pearson 36 sailboat in Haiti.
1:01 #9 Jamie and Liz are Brits sailing a Oyster 435 since 2005.
1:16 #8 RAN Sailing is sailing out of Sweden.
1:32 #7 White Spot Pirates produces the Untie the Line vlog. It pulls in a $32K/year from Patreon and Adsense. Check out Nike’s interview on episode 14 of the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast at
1:57 #6 Sailing SV Lazy Gecko sails with kids and pets in Florida.
2:13 #5 Rick Moore and his Ambient Real Life production company is sailing Sophisticated Lady (SSL) in the eastern Caribbean.
2:29 #4 Boatworks Today is the only DIY channel in the top ten. .
2:43 #3 Gone with the Wynns are one of only 3 channels with over 100K subscribers.
3:03 #2 Sailing SV Delos were interviewed on episode 10
of the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast.
3:43 #1 Elayna and Riley of Sailing La Vagabonde are number 1 in terms of subscribers 288K.
4:41 Some top channels interviewed on the Slow Boat Sailing with over 10K subscribers have suspended their cruises. Examples are Wicked Salty, Sailing Baby Blue, and Resolute Sets Sail.
5:55 The majority of sailing channels on Patreon are making $73 or less per video. See https://ssrn.com/abstract=2919840
6:18 AdSense estimated earnings are often much smaller than Patreon estimated revenues for these channels.
6:30 Affiliate and sponsorship income examples
Sailing La Vagabonde II Outremer 45 sponsorship:
Sailing SV Delos Supersailmakers sponsorship:
7:20 Assumptions for revenue estimates
8:20 sailing channels are companies with costs
8:42 SailingSaltyMermaid totaled their boat while filming a vlog series:
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