Updated: Mar 9, 2021
A perfect blend between the lifestyle and the tech of living aboard. A must have YouTube subscription.
If you are like me, YouTube sailing channels have filled my evenings. God knows it's a fantastic escape from the constant idiotic bullshit that has taken over everything else.
So finding Troy and Pascale's channel has been such a relief. They are a genuine couple that shares their journey and knowledge of traveling by sail in their 30 foot Clansman GRP Sloop "Mirrool".
Troy and Pascale met at his sisters wedding in 2014. He was living full-time on Mirrool and in 2017 Pascale joined him on the adventure to circle the Australian continent. (and Tasmania)
The first impression I got when watching their channel, was that these two people care about the environment, living life, and each other.
As their channel title suggests, they have a passion for self-sufficiency. They consistently show their skills at harvesting items from the sea as well as on land where possible. Pascale often contributes content around cooking and her passion for it is palpable. She makes eating healthy and sustainably while cruising around the Australian continent look absolutely achievable. She provides very easy to understand insights into how and why she cooks the way she does and I will certainly be using her teaching if/when I embark on my own journey. Checkout her Gourmet Sailor page here with links to her recipes and articles on fermenting and preserving as well.
Pascale is also extremely knowledge with the projects they do to the boat. Their teamwork in the projects is exceptional and their documentation is super helpful to anyone that would take on similar projects to the ones they document.
Pascale met Troy at his sister’s wedding on New Year’s Eve in 2014. Not long after that they were on their first date – a 4 month sailing trip to the Kimberley on Mirrool!
Troy has much experience at sea. He worked for a time as a pearl diver and also as a marine engineer. His technical know-how is fantastic and his corner of the channel is explaining very well the technical projects and/or sailing techniques they undertake. He gives extremely valuable pointers on each process that include not only how he does what he does, but also a solid understanding of the tools and materials used.
Their most recent videos have documented in detail the extensive refit they have undertaken while in lockdown in Tasmania during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The production value of the videos has increased exponentially as they have traveled. It is easy to see that Pascale is a natural editor & storyteller conveying the scenes, the emotions and the tranquility of the places they have gone. As a video editor myself, I am continually impressed with the shots, the music, and the quality of the production this team produces.
And that quality appears to be fully funded by their followers. I am proud to include myself as a patron (via Patreon) for the channel because I believe their quality content is worth it.
If you are looking for a wholesome break, that isn't absurd or vapid YouTube clickbait, this is it. A natural documentation of the journey of two lovely people who share their passion for travel, clean living, and the planet.
Mike D. is the founder of Sail Junky Magazine. Striving to find more purpose in life, Mike writes and shares about his journey to rediscover his passion for living a fulfilled life, especially through the medium of sailing. firstname.lastname@example.org