Liveaboard Reality: Rising Stars of the Small Screen [PODCAST]

By filming their liveaboard experiences, these YouTubers are introducing thousands of people to the cruising lifestyle.
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Welcome to the YouTube Liveaboard Revolution, where tech-savvy cruisers are using social media to reach hundreds of thousands of followers, forgoing their own privacy to educate and inspire the next generation of trawler nuts. Join us behind the scenes of these trawler YouTubers, as we explore why they do it, how they do it, and what’s in it for them. Sponsored by Highfield Boats. 


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With 27,000 boats delivered globally since the brand’s beginning in 2011, Highfield Boats is now the world’s number one in the RIB tender sector and a global player in the 5-meter+ sector.

Performance and strength have always been at Highfield’s core. The brand has focussed on these two key values above anything else. Highfield’s hulls are dry-riding, very seaworthy and always over-built. Their reputation for durability is now world-renowned. The heavy-duty approach to design and build allows leisure and commercial owners to have the confidence needed to go that extra mile and to tackle conditions avoided by many others.

The crew of Aboard Mermaid Monster on their Highfield dinghy in the Bahamas. 

The crew of Aboard Mermaid Monster on their Highfield dinghy in the Bahamas. 

As such, Highfield has been chosen time and again as the support boat of choice for prestigious events worldwide, with fleets up to 50 strong. From Vendee Globe to the Invictus Games, Pan Am Games, Extreme Sailing Series, ORC Championships, TP52 & The Route Du Rhum. Not only is this trust shown in Highfield’s larger RIBs, but in their tenders too. Tender supply contracts to the likes of Lagoon paved the way for Highfield to become the supplier of choice for many charter operators, rental fleets and other high-end shipyards such as Fountaine Pajot, Outremer and Leopard.

Sustainability is also a huge part of Highfield’s DNA. All of the hulls and structures are built in aluminium, which is infinitely recyclable. In addition, Highfield powder coat in an enclosed area to ensure that their footprint remains low from the beginning of the manufacturing process through to the end of each product’s life.

With now over 45 distributor countries and a worldwide dealer network, you can be confident any support you need will always be on hand.

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Meet Our Guests

Chris and Jolene Knapp of The Wandering Knapps

Jolene Knapp of The Wandering Knapps started posting videos two and a half years ago. So far, she has uploaded about 200 videos.

The Wandering Knapps are a family of 5 from Texas who wanted more from life than the American dream and getting stuck in the rat race. They sold everything in May 2019 and traveled coast to coast boat shopping. They found their new home in the Florida Keys and spent 6 weeks in a boatyard, another 8 months in a marina, waited out Covid lockdowns and finally began traveling through the Bahamas on their trawler. CLICK HERE to follow their journey on YouTube. 

Braden and Brooke Palmer of Aboard Mermaid Monster 

In July of 2018, Brooke and Braden Palmer sold everything, put renters into their Newport Beach, CA home and moved across America to Southport, NC onto their new floating home, the Nordhavn 55 "Mermaid Monster." Since then, they have cruised more than 2,000 nautical miles, covering the entire US east coast, with plans to eventually circumnavigate the globe, documenting it all as they go on their popular YouTube channel Aboard Mermaid Monster. CLICK HERE to see more. 

In July of 2018, Brooke and Braden Palmer sold everything, put renters into their Newport Beach, CA home and moved across America to Southport, NC onto their new floating home, the Nordhavn 55 "Mermaid Monster." Since then, they have cruised more than 2,000 nautical miles, covering the entire US east coast, with plans to eventually circumnavigate the globe, documenting it all as they go on their popular YouTube channel Aboard Mermaid Monster. CLICK HERE to see more. 

Billy Swezey and Sierra Growth of Tula's Endless Summer

Billy, Sierra, and their pup Jetty have sailed up and down the east coast, all of the Bahamas and through the Caribbean. They started out on a small monohull sailboat (Tula) and then moved onto an old trawler (Neverland). They now live on a sailing catamaran named Adrenaline. They operate their YouTube channel "Tula's Endless Summer" to share their experiences with the world while educating and inspiring the next generation of cruising enthusiasts. CLICK HERE to follow along. 

Billy, Sierra, and their pup Jetty have sailed up and down the east coast, all of the Bahamas and through the Caribbean. They started out on a small monohull sailboat (Tula) and then moved onto an old trawler (Neverland). They now live on a sailing catamaran named Adrenaline. They operate their YouTube channel "Tula's Endless Summer" to share their experiences with the world while educating and inspiring the next generation of cruising enthusiasts. CLICK HERE to follow along. 

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