Redefining our “American Dream” Aboard a Sailboat



Words by The Adventure Crews

Found in the 2024 Spring Issue

From the Editor: Meet the Adventure Crews: Cole and Emily Crews, Runners-up for Photo of the Year at the 2023 International Cruisers Awards in Annapolis. The Crews are a fun couple who said goodbye to societal norms, bought a sailing catamaran, and now travel full time, documenting all the ups and downs of boat life on their YouTube channel. Go ahead and ask Cole about cigars,,,,or ask them both about the Bahamas. Happy to talk all day about both topics. In fact they loved the Bahamas so much they decided to get married there. More on that later….but first:

Meet Emily

Before I took the leap into the world of entrepreneurship and content creation, I had a solid run in the TV news business. For nearly a decade, I was a one-man band: the “Multimedia Journalist” handling everything from shooting, writing, editing, to producing my own stories. I was often out in the field covering breaking news and natural disasters. You name it—I’ve seen it.

An exciting job, yes, but the news industry is tough and competitive, and I began to feel burnt out. I’d always wanted to be a journalist; I adore meeting new people, and I’m passionate about storytelling, especially the stories of the voiceless.

But the glitz of the job eventually wore off. As we all know, the year 2020 was a rollercoaster, and as a full-time news anchor, I had an up-close-and-personal view of all the bad stuff happening in the world. Non-stop sickness, disasters, and loss. It was emotionally exhausting. The pandemic taught me a crucial lesson: Life is way too short to stick around where you’re not happy.

I started asking myself, “Why am I doing this?” For months, I felt restless. I was far from happy, far from fulfilled, and maybe, if I’m super honest: I was bored. Bored of reading the same kind of headlines from the teleprompter day in and day out.

Meet Cole

Cole has close to a decade of construction management under his belt. Problem-solving, managing projects—he was gaining valuable experience in a meaningful career. But he kept dreaming about the weekend, particularly life on the water.

Having grown up in central Florida with its beautiful lakes and rivers, Cole had lots of experience with boats, but he’d always considered sailboats as a bit slow and inefficient. He loved powerboating, to move fast. Go, go, go—make the most of the time. That kind of thing. Afterall, he had a schedule to keep, the alarm clock never failed to go off at 5 a.m. Monday morning. 

Then, in 2013, Cole stumbled upon YouTube sailing channels, and he couldn’t get enough of them. Here were people who had actually given up life on land and now lived full time on a sailboat, catching their own food, island-hopping and exploring the most beautiful places.

And if they could do it, maybe he could, too…

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