We’ve been quietly dreaming of our next boat over the past few years.  During that time, we came up with a checklist of features we weren’t willing to compromise on.   In other words, we said we wouldn’t buy another boat until we could build it with at least our top 10 features.

But now our dream boat is going to become a reality (big reveal coming soon)!  So today we’re sharing what the top 10 must-haves are and our philosophy on why.

Self-Reliance + Sustainability = Freedom

Self-Reliance:  To rely on our own resources and limit our need for a marina or fuel dock.

Sustainability:  Thinking about what we do today and how it will affect next week, next year, the next decade and so on.  It’s the recognition that we’re all part of a living system and everything we do impacts the world around us.





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Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (37)

  • Tom Burnett

    Solar, lithium are great; but are they enough? Want about built in or trolling alternators? Can the trampoline area be solar? Definitely wind generators. I saw a monohull converted to electric motors (2! Very manueverable) Love your videos. Cant wait to see your new boat

  • Ian Ross

    HH44 their videos sound word for word like your last video – nice boat enjoy

  • Dexter S.

    The HH44 could be on that shortlist

  • Robert Jensen

    Name for the new boat. I was thinking when you’re having your sundowners you could toast ‘To Curiosity’, or ‘2 Curiosity’.

  • Robert Jensen

    I don’t know if your pocketbook is stretching enough to get one, but I’m thinking maybe one of the 400 series Balance catamarans has a lot of what’s on your checklist.

  • TaxJane

    I hope you will really enjoy that Maverick 440!


    I would guess you are buying an HH44

  • Heidi

    Awesome! H&H???????? just a guess

  • Roger Cox

    I find it interesting the view points the two of you shared. I can not get there on several major issues you focus on. It is OK. You be you. I be me. That said, I did learn from you several key ideas today. Thank you. I appreciated the effort that you put into you life and this video.

    Let me say that clearly. I am grateful for the two of you and the ideas you share. Got it? I am grateful to the two of you.

  • Craig

    What was Pete Mitchell’s callsign in top gun?

  • Dan

    I would recommend considering adding Starlink to your list now that roaming has been enabled. No more searching for local sim cards and expensive 4G data plans, upload your videos and FaceTime your loved ones from the middle of an ocean! It also now runs on 12 volts so all that lithium should keep it cranking for months! And no I don’t work for Elon btw 🙂

  • Alan Solomon

    Hey, thanks so much for this great video. Good thinking, devising your top 10. One can use many of your top ten for a boat, an office, a home or possibly some aspects in a car. You two know what you want and need. I think you have doing this and considering things for close to ten years now. You are innovative, imaginative, courageous and committed. I am excited for you and for me.
    Thanks for including me and best wishes for continued safe adventure.

  • Sailing Dark Angel

    Your list is exactly what we’ve been looking for as well! Can’t wait to see what you found.

  • Tom Pirwitz

    I must have missed/misinterpreted the video when you had said you were selling Curiosity. After following you vicariously for a few years, I was sad beyond words.

    I’m overjoyed that you’re continuing your explorations with a new boat! Thanks for not letting us down! I’m looking forward to it!

    God bless, Tom

  • Patti Jo Earnhart

    I was so afraid that we were going to lose you to youngsters to go to a different lifestyle,that really scared me since you are the highlight of my week! Thisis old gal doesn’t have a lot of years to look forward to seeing material like this, so thank you for these shows, your inspiration and the beauty that you’re able to experience and share❤️

  • Tom Barker

    Dear Wynns,
    I love your videos and have followed you for years. Two things come to mind. One a slide built into the rear of the pontoon. Not just for your cat but all future cats. I think it would be fun. It has always bothered me how the dingy hangs off the aft of a sailboat. Monohulls, cats, triple, whatever. It always looked like an after thought. Why don’t you have the dingy underneath the boat tucked up to the bottom between the pontoons. Like a drawer slid into a cabinet. It would vastly improve the aft view from the boat. Could allow for rear deck seating and viewing.
    Tom Barker
    Wayzata MN USA.

    • David

      Because the first half sized storm and it’s goodbye tender.

  • John S

    Good video.

    You two must have spent hours and hours talking to the various “boat people” with your plans. researching can be fun, especially it pushes not only your boundaries but also the builders and outfitters. Sure the naval architects can help you with hull size, shape and layouts; but the equipment manufactures from batteries to stoves to navigation gear are also part of the conversations.

    I remember when you ditched the propane and basically had an all-electric boat that burns gas to get to the dock. I admire you for taking the next step and going to electric propulsion. I’m guessing your discussions with Johnny the Irishman might have planted a seed?

  • Steve Gibbons

    Love the way you folks think. A VISION for the future ! I will ALVA guess……. and say your money is in an ocean volt maybe. Could your next blue water passage be heading East across the Indian Ocean? I guess we’ll just need to wait and see.

  • V. ?
    + Hybrid electric propulsion
    + Performance catamaran
    + Forward facing nav station
    + Proper desk & work area
    + Comfort of home

  • Paul

    Hmm, working in your undies, I had you down as a Black tape project kinda couple, oops, that tickled me a tad 🙂 As ever enjoyed your output and looking forward to your choice of new boat x

  • Don and Shirley

    Do We get a gold star for guessing your new boat ?
    Is It a Antares 44 ?

  • Pat

    HH 44?

  • YDion

    Very interesting list – thank you for sharing

  • John Marquis

    While I agree most of your choices but I think you need to take the topic of wind power and move it higher up on your list. You’re giving away free electricity day and night especially night or during storms , rain or in cloudy weather. With all extra Lithium batteries do you need something to keep them topped off all the time.

  • Michael

    I would think that your list’s specifics would include auto-furling sails, complete interior climate control with HRV and I am still considering the capacity advantages of Firefly batteries, because one needs batteries that can be completely discharged without damage. Batteries need to be placed very low in the hulls for proper ballast.

    Another interesting possibility is the idea of air injection near the leading and bottom edges of the underwater hulls so as to cut the friction problem by a significant amount. This tech has been discussed for decades and actually has real benefits if it can be applied correctly.

    How about foils?

    When thinking about extending the technology and meeting the needs of users, these details should not be overlooked.

    All your ideas are sound and make an excellent foundation for a great sailing vessel. I am excited for you and can’t wait to see the results.

    Thanks for sharing with all of us.

    • David Sier

      They are exciting sounding innovations in the arena of sailing but please remember, the more technical equipment you have on a boat the more you have to go wrong and all the above stuff you have outlined sound like numbers with a long string of zeros coming after them ie, expensive to buy and expensive to maintain/repair, KISS ( keep it simple stupid) I am not calling you stupid and maybe all this equipment is cheap to buy and is unbreakable……but I doubt it. Sailing is magic in its simplest form and I love it whether out in my Laser on the Manukau harbour or crossing the Pacific ocean. all the very best anyone and everyone with any adventuring in mind, stay away from being beige.

      • Michael

        Air injection is somewhat cutting edge and probably expensive. However, the others are standard stuff.

  • Sandra & the 2 Spaniels

    This was a great video! I love that you literally listed what was important to YOU. Cannot wait to see that new boat!
    Self-Reliance + Sustainability = Freedom; true about everything. And especially true of sailing.

  • Carolyn

    I think you’re going for the Balance Catamaran!!

  • Jan

    Wish I could buy your boat. I vote a 45 footer for new. Good luck and very exciting.

  • Jan

    This is a thoughtful list. I’ve been on all your journeys and this will be fun, too!

  • Mike Priaro

    If you eventually plan to sail the waters of SE Asia, Malacca, and Africa, you will need your boat to have serious weaponry and protection from same. You should also not do the trip alone but with another equally well outfitted boat. Now is the time to consider such things – before your new boat is built.

  • Thomas Alexander

    Need these reports in written format as I can’t take the voice over. Good luck to you guys

  • Marilyn

    Thank you for sharing your life!

    • Jacquelyn

      Did I miss the segment outlining the reason you are selling Curiosity?


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