nikki wynn sailboat office

Not Your Average Office (tour & work routine)

We’re showing you a side of life we never have before, our floating office and work routine.  Why?  Because it’s what we spend a major chunk of time doing every week.

And working remotely has (finally) become a norm in society which means it’s more possible than ever to work from anywhere!  A boat, an RV, a quaint Greek café, or at the top of the hill next to cows in New Zealand.  Whatever floats your boat.

A while back we asked on Instagram if you would be interested in an office tour and the response was a resounding YES, with lots of questions on what you wanted to see and deets you had to know.  So, here it is.

We tried to incorporate all your requests including what didn’t work and why.  What programs we use, who does what, and a rundown on all our gear.

We did not dive into how to create videos because that’s an overwhelming topic that we couldn’t possibly squeeze into one video (nor is it a subject we want to cover. We’re all about the adventures, the nomadic lifestyle, and the gear that makes the lifestyle possible).  Plus, there are a lot of great courses and YouTube channels out there dedicated to video editing and storytelling.

If you have any trouble viewing the video above, here is a link to YouTube:


jason and nikki wynn sailboat office

Jason’s Office Setup


Logitech MX Anywhere


Sony WH-1000

Photo/Video/Design Editing Console

Loupedeck CT

Hard Drives

Samsung T7 USB-3.2 1GB/s

Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD USB-C 1GB/s  (these are nice because they are more rugged with drop protection, dust, and water resistance).

Laptop Stand

Too old to recommend.  Happy to hear your recommendations!



Card Reader

Satechi USB C UHS-II 312 MB/s

Nikki’s Office Setup


Base model Logitech which I wouldn’t recommend.  Jason’s mouse is much nicer.

Laptop Stand


Hard Drive

Currently using a Samsung 870 PRO w/Enclosure.  But, it’s getting older and I will switch to:

Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD USB-C 1050MB/s  (these are nice because they are more rugged with drop protection, dust, and water resistance).




ipad Pro 11 inch

Tablet Stand

So old it’s no longer made anymore.  Sorry.


iPhone 12 Pro  (we share a phone so there isn’t one listed for Jason)

General Office Extras


We never anticipated using the printer as much as we have.  Otherwise, we would have gone for a different model.  But we do highly recommend having one on a world cruising boat.

Waterproof Case


This comes in various sizes for everything from phones to tablets and smaller laptops.  Waterproof, floating & lightweight.  Perfect for boat life!


jason wynn with photography backpack at beach


This is our newest bag and is our go-to for outdoor adventures. Rugged, water-resistant, rolltop, and comfortable.


This a smart-looking, well-designed all-around backpack for photo/video, travel, as an overnight bag, or just touring around the city.

nikki wynn with ona camera bag


Gender-neutral bag for when we don’t want to haul around a backpack.  Fits enough camera gear for the day plus a safe spot for the iPad.  Durable, water-resistant canvas, and I love the double pockets in the front.


🎥All Our Photo & Video Gear


Each item is handpicked and we never recommend anything we don’t personally use or love.

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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 (52)

  • Bryan F Edinger

    HI Guys,
    I also have color blindness, It was discovered during a physical examination when I joined the U.S. Navy many years ago. It’s a a lot more common in men than women, About 70% of men experience different levels and there are different degrees of color blindness. It’s a genetic thing…lol. I can see colors to a point, Like traffic lights. ie.. Red, Yellow & Green aren’t as challenging as trying to get dressed in the morning before an important meeting later that day. Coming up with a matching pair of socks and finding a nice tie to match your dress shirt and slacks seems to be more of a problem for me. It’s all about the different shades of a certain color. Like Browns and Reds, Or Blue vs Purple. shades of green and yellow. This is where your very helpful and coordinated wife becomes invaluable…. lol
    Here is more information on Color Blindness if interested..

    Keep up the great work and I hope the Tonga Volcano didn’t effect you too much…
    Thanks Bryan from Washington State, USA

  • Lee

    Did you get your blue bands yet?

  • Jess

    I’m wondering how/where you guys manage all of your media? You must have SO much footage to make your videos and I’d love to learn about how you keep it all organized, and how many hard drives you have laying around too!

  • David Bay

    Thank you for sharing your office set up. I have really enjoyed seeing your journey. The hard work of preparing videos has been missing in our view of your adventures.

    You had regular postings every week while you were in the middle of the sea. Certainly that part was out of cell phone range. Is there some sort of equipment that you used to have an Internet connection while you are in the middle of the ocean?

    • Curious Minion

      They do have satellite on passage but it’s not fast enough to upload a video. Even sending a full-resolution photo is too much. So for longer passages they usually try to “bank” and schedule vids to post, with a little help from Yours Truly. You can read all about how they stay connected to the world here:
      Hope that helps!
      Curious Minion

  • Rusty S.

    Whoa whoa whoa… just hang on a second. Mild Duetan? What’s up my man? me too! So, I have to ask… with every 1 in 12 men afflicted with this mild color blindness, who they heck ever thought, “oh, let’s make bow lights red and green, that’ll be a good idea”!!!! …. And “green traffic lights… they look bright grey right?” And how many times in your life have you ever told someone you’re color blind and the next thing they say is “what color is this?”…. Aaarrrggg! Okay, Joking aside, do you ever run across issues with it while running the boat? Navigational issues or charts? Chart plotting software? Or fixing wiring on the boat? (Well, obviously besides color correcting videos). And.. have you ever tried the color blindness correction glasses? My family bought me a pair a few years ago. They’re incredible. It takes about 3 minutes to “kick in”, but then, everything gets more vibrant. Greens pop, and actually look different than browns and reds. It’s quite an experience.

  • Nathan

    Question on Jason’s laptop…I wanted to get a asus rog duo when they first came out but they ran out before I gathered the cash to do so (I’m a creator in the faith based NGO world and have to raise all my own funds). My question…is the 3080 and 2TB raid worth the wait until they’re available again…hopefully….someday…or could/would you do what y’all do with the smaller processor/3060/1Tb setup…given that’s all that is available right now?

  • Vance Goldsmith

    Have you ever looked at a program called “Grammarly”? It Helps with Spelling and grammar. Mostly non-intrusive will underline words and report grammar errors in much the same way. It’s available as a free version online, but the paid version is much better. The program will assist you in most all text entry points be it on a web page, word doc, Twitter, or even Facebook. Give it a look could help, works for me (I am horrible at the written word).

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  • Stephen Morton

    Amazing. You two just read my mind. In the last couple of post, I’ve wanted to see a behind the scene looks at how you handle workflow. I’m a professional photojournalist and so much of my time is spent sitting in the corner of the room after an event or my car filing photos off my laptop on deadline. That includes downloading cards, selecting images, editing images in lightroom, fine-tuning them in photoshop, and then captioning and sending (if I have a signal).
    So thank you for the peek behind the curtain of your editing workflow. However, can you please share with us a post on how you shoot? What is the creative process? Some folks may want to know more about why you choose a certain depth of field, or how you use light. How do you tell a story with video?

    Keep up the great work.

  • Brad Brenner

    Thank you for all of your hard work! It really comes thru in your video posts and that’s why I’m a Patron. I just love them so much!

  • Bill Berry

    Thank you for the post and the video of your back life. As always your adventure is not always Bikinis, Boobs, and Sunshine it is hard work to make your life look so easy (wink wink nudge nudge Bob’s your Uncle). Regardless thank you especially in our current odd happenings in the world.

  • Reginald Stephens

    I am a professional fisherman.
    I live on my 20 metre Ketch “Huia” It’s The name of an extinct bird. The Maori translation meaning is “Prized Possession.”

  • Rebecca

    For me personally, just an engineer, it may take a different length of time to design and produce drawings that I am proud to have my name on than it may take others and that’s okay. You produce amazing videos that are some of the most beautiful I have seen. They bring me great joy and I look forward to them every week!

  • Jake Keplinger

    Love seeing your posts each week! Living vicariously through you and your voyages! Im very impressed with the sound quality of the videos. What do you use for recording sound?

  • Alan Solomon

    Thank you so much for this video.
    Like someone else said, “you lost me in the first 30 seconds”.
    I did like Jasons laptop though. I liked the extended screen. I liked Jasons recommendation that it is the fastest too.
    I am anything but fast on this stuff. I do no editing and I never have.
    Most of all I like the scenery and your happy, smiling faces. They inspire me to keep going, make positive use of my God-given energy and do it with a smile.
    Thanks for all the positive you both do.
    Sail-on, safe and smiling.

  • Randy Brown

    Love you guys. I really wish I could do the same thing. But due to health issues that is not possible. But watching you two takes me on that trip

  • Craig

    You guys lost me in the first 30 seconds describing all the technical stuff, but I really enjoy your videos anyway you’re such a lovely couple

  • Tony Bennettt

    Thanks for the insight into your working life – so it’s not all cheese and kisses.
    Enjoy your content and appreciate all your efforts.
    Best Regards
    Tony Bennett

  • Lynda

    ENJOYED looking into the backshop of your daily lives. Of course the item I’m interested in (Nikki’s iPad stand) no longer available. I’ll see what I can find, maybe something a bit smaller. Have a beautiful holiday and sail on!

  • Michael

    Personally, I think you’re both workaholics. But that’s just me. 😉

    Thank you so much for the detailed insight into your work schedule. It really does help put things into perspective for all of us vicarious travelers. We really can’t thank you enough.

    Wishing you all Happy Holidays, a Kool Kwanzaa, and a Festive Festivus. 🙂

  • Sparks

    Wow! You guys rock! Keep on keeping on! Love you guys!

  • Laurie Isenman

    Really would like more details on the printer you found. Love that it fits in the cabinet. We live on a 54′ power boat and have not been able to find the right printer. Thanks for sharing .

    • Curious Minion

      They mentioned in the post that they don’t really recommend it, and I also think it’s at least 5 years old so the model probably isn’t sold any more. I just did a quick search and “compact printers for travel” pops up a bunch of interesting results, some with scanners built in. Good luck with finding the right one!
      Curious Minion

  • Fred Wishnie

    Hi, looking at this video brought a thought . I can’t believe professional editors take this long to edit their videos. What do they do to shorten the time? Maybe someone will tell you.
    Funny, sarcastic observation. You traded one full time job for another. 40 hours a week editing is a job.

  • Steve john Gibbons

    How does the saying go? If you love your job, then you never work a day in your life! I’m a self confessed ” TECHNOSAURUS” but certainly found the content interesting.
    Keep the positive energy flowing and have yourselves a merry Festive season. Its not easy being away from family, but your guys certainly seem to take good care of one another.
    I look forward to seeing more of the shaking Islands and be prepared to catch some good King fish and Snapper whilst you enjoy NZ amazing coast . Cheers Steve G

  • Elizabeth Jo Collins

    Hi, Jason and Nikki; so good to see you both with your award-winning smiles.
    I have a question did you get your water-maker fixed, or did you have to replace it?
    Merry CHRIST-mas and Happy New Year. Praying 2022 is a new start for the world in the right direction.

  • Mary Van

    That’s just your office work day, you didn’t tell everyone about all of the other things that happen in between. I know they have seen all the boat work however, that never stops either.

    I love Sunday Funday because that’s usually the day I MIGHT catch a playing.

  • Clay Templeton

    I loved this video! And I certainly appreciate your videos much more after you explained the work that it takes to create them.
    My wife and I started working recently from our travel trailer doing IT tech support / phone support / database work, which requires having constant remote desktop sessions, phone calls, etc. We’ve solved the techie challenges, but our biggest gripe is creating a good chair/desk setup in a small mobile space! I have 4 monitors mounted on arms, all clamped to a rolling desk so that I can roll it out for the workday and then strap it back against the wall at night. But after trying several options, the chairs always take up too much room, or are ugly, or are attractive but uncomfortable. I’m going to riff off your method and roll my big desk up to the dining table bench. It’s stable, comfortable, and doesn’t need to be put away at the end of the day. Sometimes it takes someone on the other side of the planet to show you what’s right in front of your nose.
    Thanks you two, we love to see your adventures and resilient smiles.

  • Andrea Vigil

    I love the quality of your videos! They are unsurpassed… Your hard work definitely pays off. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa

    Sooooo good! Thankz for sharing!
    I’ve done photo/music editing in the past, like waaaaay in the past, so it was super exciting to see what’s available nowadays… editing is everything when making a good flic!
    Thank you for all the geeky details… so much fun!
    You guys totally rock!!

  • Ken Burris

    Love, love, love watching and following your adventures. Tons of questions but I’m not sure where is the best forum to ask them on. Maybe you could direct me to that area.

  • John Schretlen

    All the techy talk and you did not mention the device you set up on the tripod in the opening. Why?

    Merry Christmas and Happy & Healthy New Year from Vancouver, BC.

  • Steve Tannenbaum

    Your videos are fantastic. I didn’t realize how much work behind the scenes. I virtually never watch TV, but I watch your videos every Sunday. Perhaps, you might want to consider………….. “Perfect is the enemy of good.”
    Thanks for the videos, safe sailing.

  • Bernard

    Very cool! I have been wondering about your workflow and how many hours it takes you to get a video ready to be uploaded. That is quite a workload, but then, your videos are always 1st class! When we met in Indiana, you liked my portable voice booth. Did you ever decide on solution for off-narration? Cheers, Bernard

  • Jerry and Kathy Wills

    Wow… Having edited video for the past 20+ years on a variety of laptops and towers, living in the Amazon and Andes (Peru) for a couple of years shooting and uploading short video’s like you, and always looking for where to connect to for an upload, we are super impressed! Your video’s have always been exceptional and have only become more amazing in the past few years. From what you just showed us, it’s obvious you are super talented and love what you do. You are an inspiration for anyone who has a drive for adventure and perfection in your presentation. Thank you both for all you have done and all you do : )

    Jerry and Kathy Wills
    Xpeditions Media

  • bill domb

    Frankly, think what yer doing is overkill and, possibly, will kill YOU. Repeat after me: NOW IS BETTER THAN PERFECT.

    Here’s a challenge: For a fifteen minute episode allocate yourself a MAX of two hours. Put that out.
    Then do your army-intensive maximum effort approach and let US compare them.

    Have done filming/editing for decades and get the feeling you’re making things waaaay too difficult for yourselves.


    Howzbout putting your backup hard drives into a dry bag?

  • William Jones

    You two do amazing work. For those starting out we can easily double that amount of time. I,he been strong armed by my wife to start up loading my quick cook dinner,s and lunch. First run through took me 12 hours between setup and timing on cooking still have not edited or uploaded. Great info love you guys.

  • Chris Coleman

    Just wondering about which drone y’all use. Excellent shots, stable flight in what must be, at times, challenging conditions. Thank you!

    • Curious Minion

      All the photo/video gear is in a separate post, which is here: Don’t forget that shopping through the links provided won’t cost you anything extra and will throw a few pennies into the sailing kitty!
      Curious Minion

  • Peter Drury

    Wow! Eighteen Century (Captain Cook sails the Pacific) meets twenty first century (plastic sailboats, satellite navigation and video editing! And the sea is still salty.

  • Chris

    Wow! Really impressed by all the effort and technology required to produce your beautiful videos. I’ve been following you guys since your motorhome days. Really miss your cats too.

  • Hal

    Very insightful, thanks so much for the details. I’ve been following you since the early days of your motorhome travels and loved every minute of your vlogs.
    We have “campervaned” around New Zealand too – a most extraordinary country.
    Stay safe and stay curious !

  • Laura

    Hi there!!

    This is a great post, it helps me to know how much work/time goes into creating your content. Amazing work and results. Thank you for making my Sunday morning coffee more enjoyable. I look forward to it EVERY week. I will miss you over the holidays, but ya all certainly need, deserve and have earned a vacation! Take care.

  • Ted Christman

    Sunday is a day I look forward to all week. New video from you guys! Thanks for the behind the scene. Your hard work is always appreciated. Happy Holidays!

  • Ian Andrew

    Not being a techie was surprised at how long you are required to produce your weekly updates.

    Keep up the excellent work

    Merry Christmas from Ottawa Canada
    Ian A.

  • About Creativity

    Very good, Keep going!

  • Pat

    I enjoy your posts. Did you ever think of getting another pair of cats to travel with


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