The Project

Half hilarious, mostly entertaining, s/v Zingaro is a young couple sailing around the world on a home-built catamaran with a shoe-string budget. We’ve already been over 35,000 miles and had definitely more than 99 problems.

Sexy Cat

We are currently searching for a boat while living on land in the USA. Depending on where the boat is, the plan is to get her ready for the Pacific again, and continue where we left off: The South Pacific – New Zealand – Japan – and on!

There are plenty of possibilities and we’re super excited to be sharing our decision and plans with You guys! There is no need to rush and if we end up never making it around the world, so be it. As long as we can get to know the places and people we meet, we’ll be happy. The voyage is about the friends made, not the miles!

James the mechanic
James working on a a Crowther

We are trying to find a way to never stop the journey. That’s why we are earning a little money with chartering, fishing, James doing some mechanical work and on other opportunities that pop up.

In the meantime we are working on the videos for our YouTube channel. Check it out and see the crazy antics of Captain James and Kim. We’ve gotten ourselves into quite a few messes. We are documenting this adventures here to both inspire and teach. 

Even though it’s a lot of fun to review all the footage and see James’ face on camera, it’s a lot of work to make videos in that quality. Much more than any of us would have expect, really.  Especially because we are still learning all the tricks on how to edit faster and make videos better.

If you don’t want this to stop, become part of the crew!

We publish our videos free for everybody on YouTube, but we produce them especially for our Family! Those are the people that support us on Patreon or PayPal, the people that we depend on to continue the journey. In return we document the adventures, moments of despair or joy and all the amazing thing we do, see or learn for them.

Want to join? Become landcrew!

More about Captain James

El Capitán

Travel with me back in time … As a self-proclaimed “water-kid”, I got my USCG Master 100T and PADI OWSI certifications (though I much prefer freediving). I bought my first sailboat at the age of 31, paid a drunken pirate $40 to teach me to sail, and have been working on this dream ever since: to travel around the world by sailboat.

Fast forward 5 years, 5 boats, and countless adventures later … and I’ve finally figured out how to make this dream a reality. I’m going to be honest, it wasn’t easy. It was a lot of sweat, tears, reading, fixing, bleeding, and growing along the road.

Many people ask me, so I’m putting this here: I’m an ex-submarine sailor in the US Navy. I was stationed on USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) for 4 years as an electronics tech. I learned to be self-sufficient in repairing the gear on the sub (no google underwater 😉 I’ve transferred that knowledge to the sailing world, and roughly half the videos I make are to help potential cruisers do the same.

If you want to see with your own eyes how this mechanic from California found the boat, paid for the boat, and ultimately, cut the mooring lines started cruising, met Kim, explored the Caribbean and finally reached the Pacific, check out this YouTube channel.

Fair winds and following seas!


  • James, you’re one of the most interesting people I’ve seen on YouTube, thanks for the videos and information you’ve shared. You mentioned in a video that you did something with submarines… what’s did you do exactly? Thanks!

    • Thanks Taylor. 🙂 Much appreciated. I was an electronics tech and quartermaster on the sub. So I fixed the radar, fathometer, lights, phones, etc, and on watch I plotted our position on a chart (among other things, quartermasters are actually one of the highest watches you can stand as an enlisted sailor) Had to have a top secret clearance to know the ships position! Thanks for watching. Much love! -James

  • James/Kim,

    Is there a spot that breaks your story down in better detail? How did you start? Did you meet Kim while sailing or at home before you started this adventure? I see many episodes where you have “new” people show up on the boat for periods of time to sail. Are these previous friends or other people that you have sailed with in the past? Lastly, what is your favorite spot you have traveled to thus far? Thank you and I enjoy your adventures!

    • Come on dude
      The guy works so hard on the video’s
      Watch them and the ask questions
      Watch hue video’s “You Will Like Them!”

  • What’s up! I’m watching all your YouTube videos right now, I want to sail the way you do, I’ve never seen anyone have as much fun as you on a journey to nowhere, lol, but I wish I had a boat like yours to sail around for a few months to see if I would really like it. Have fun on your journey and lots of luck to you! Bob

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