Liveaboard Century Old Sailboat Tour: Circumnavigation & Single Handing Ocean Crossings
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Liveaboard Century Old Sailboat Tour: Circumnavigation & Single Handing Ocean Crossings

August 12, 2019

Hello, my name is Martin and that’s my boat. The name is Styrr. The boat is 108 years old years old and I own her now for 12 years. I’ve been sailing since I’m a little boy so
50 years, 60 years. The first boat I owned that was a 420, a sailing dinghy. Sailed
around Italy to Greece to Turkey and back. Then I had a steel boat that was
built in the Netherlands. We took her to all the canals in France. Then the boats
were getting bigger and bigger and now I’m in this one. Twenty years ago this was my
home. We sailed around the world twice. Once with this boat once with the
previous boat and now we are planning to sail to Madagascar. We have paying
clients sailing with us usually the Med for one
week. Usually they are families with kids. So we have to stay in the Med for maybe
two or three years and then we’ll see. Maybe going down the Red Sea, maybe go to the Pacific and then Southeast Asia. This way too. She’s about 80 foot over deck. A gaff
rig ketch. It’s eight working sails. I have more but I don’t use them all the time.
Got the windlass for the anchor. Down here you have the storage for the chain and I have paint down here and wine and stuff like that. Down here they have been the water tanks but we moved them. Now it’s a cabin. I’m
alone on the boat now so all the chairs and stuff is removed. Yeah, that’s a good thing on this boat, there are different levels so people can sit here or they can go on to the cabin roof. Here I sit for my morning coffee. This is the deck house. In bad weather we can sit outside. We have the fuel as well. It’s not like in a normal yacht where you’re always downstairs. Three cabins like this one. It’s a double. It’s for two people or for kids they
can sleep up there. They have the shower and toilet there, just straight ahead. That we call a small cabin. We give
it for one person or if they are really in love there can be two. It’s not that big. This is nice and it’s big, a lot of storage. It has been before, as far as I know, the owner cabin. Aft bathroom here. The boat was built in Scotland so
originally she was sailing in cold countries so this stove is here. I use it
in the winter in the Med as well. I just make a big fire in there. That’s the galley so we can cook here
for yeah like 10 people. it’s not big but it’s okay. It works. We use electric and
gas, but it’s hard to refill the gas bottles sometimes so we change. Now we only have electric. It makes things easier. That’s the wheelhouse or when I’m sailing
alone I can sleep up here so I have the overview. Standard navigation and stuff.
I’ve two autopilot cause I did a lot of crossings like Pacific or Atlantic on my
own so I need a lot of electronic around the world. When I bought the boat
electronic was out of the maybe 70’s. It was good stuff, but not
useful anymore and I’ve got lucky I’ve got hit by a lightning strike and this
lightning strike killed everything and the insurance paid so I could buy the new
one. *laughter* I got hit twice by lightning. Some of the boat must be magnetic. That’s the engine room. That’s the place where I spend my days and nights. That’s the main engines. I can store six tons of fuel. The main engines are from
Rolls-Royce from the 60’s-70’s as far as I know. And that’s the generator.
Bunch of old stuff you need for the world around the sea. Water I can store 1000 liter, but I have a water maker that is producing 250 liters an hour so I don’t need more
water storage. That’s enough. The boat was ending here. When I bought
her it was just a wall and nothing in between so I just ripped it out to make
the bed bigger. And the hatch was not here. In
case of a fire I thought it was a good idea if you have an emergency escape. Our cabin is down here so we try to keep
the people out of here so we don’t make it too comfortable. We have the washing machine here
and the freezer and all the stuff I need for working and yeah that’s my hammock.
That’s my second bed. I use solar panels as well. I have three on this side and three on the other side. When I’m alone I can live on the solar panels. With
people on board, it’s impossible. You see the mast, I did it in Turkey new
and that wood was not completely dry so it’s bent a little bit. Now this one is from laminated wood as well and they are not special or waterproof, just
standard laminated wood, but it stays. The wires, they are standard wires.
Nothing is stainless steel. Stainless steel looks good-looks good and the next day just breaks. Galvanize is more elastic. It’s honest. I see it gets rusty then
you can change. Plus for insurance you would have to change your wires every I
guess ten years or something and this one’s now 14 years old. I can just buy
the stuff in the hardware store, makes it cheaper. I can do everything on
my own I don’t need special terminals or anything. Well, it’s dangerous. I mean staying at
home, maybe you get hit by a car or whatever. Now living
around world, it’s completely safe. In these 20 years I’ve got nothing stolen. I never
had some bad experience nowhere. I mean just try, but there are different ways
you can live and you can be happy and standard job can be good as well. But you
start with a small boat somewhere or get a boat and across the Atlantic and we
will see what happens. I’ll try to do this as long as I can. I don’t know how long it
works. Now I’m 61 years old and with 70, I don’t know if I still have the power to do
it, but then I will find something else. *laughter*


  • Reply Archo December 25, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Did he just casually mention sailing around the Mediterranean in a 420 dinghy at the start. That thing is not meant to be lived on, let alone toured. Sounds like he would have some seriously fascinating stories to tell just from that experience!

  • Reply Two Cent Productions July 26, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Zig says no property taxes 👍!

  • Reply mm California July 26, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Wow, that boat is beautiful!

  • Reply Michael Griggs July 26, 2019 at 7:00 am

    2:34 read the book cover while going downstairs. LOL.

  • Reply D 5 July 26, 2019 at 9:31 am

    My favorite part of this video was the 19 year old Christian Camp counselor playing his guitar!!!

  • Reply Thomas Fundgrube July 26, 2019 at 11:44 am

    love it – kann ich mitkommen

  • Reply Julez Reading July 26, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Wow , im so envious . Youre so lucky . That would be my dream lifestyle .

  • Reply Steve Wapner July 27, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Give this guy his own series.

  • Reply Frank Burcham July 27, 2019 at 3:59 am

    God all mighty what a great home you have!! What a wonderful way wake up and live everyday! I am so envious! Thank you for sharing this video with us!

  • Reply Jerry Monroe July 27, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Captain Ron!!!!

  • Reply Bradly May July 27, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Beautiful boat, amazing condition.

  • Reply 03071976 July 27, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Nice wood work

  • Reply Friedrich Der Größte July 27, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Respekt, das Schiff ist ja der Hammer, wünsch dir allzeit gute Fahrt.

  • Reply Fat Sack July 27, 2019 at 11:50 am

    2:33 Anyone catch the “pussy” book in the left book cabinet lmao!?!

  • Reply T c July 27, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Did anyone else see the book title on the shelf at 2:34?

  • Reply travis11 July 27, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    2:32 he has a book with "PUSSY" as the name.

  • Reply Tfue Not July 27, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Complimenti e il mio sogno

  • Reply djalma torres July 27, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Vc poderia ativar a função de legendas em português BR ou espanhol ? Obrigado muito bom seus vídeos

  • Reply The Sailing Kiwi July 27, 2019 at 11:51 pm


  • Reply eyestoenvy July 28, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Looks very warm, comfortable, and inviting vs the big fancy ones

  • Reply SYED ADEEL HUSSAIN July 28, 2019 at 6:30 am

    there is a lot of room inside! I thought the boat would not have so much space but it does. Great!! happy sailing.

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  • Reply Richard Thomas July 28, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Great video ! I’m thinking the dislikes are the same guy cutting people off in traffic and flips g the bird , just bent people

  • Reply Giorgos Glinis July 28, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Fantastic boat!

  • Reply Jeff F2it July 28, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Anybody else have Pussy in their book library?

  • Reply none July 28, 2019 at 11:33 pm


  • Reply Dixie Sedgwick July 29, 2019 at 12:48 am

    really enjoyed watching and your boat is beautiful

  • Reply Gary July 29, 2019 at 5:28 am

    WOW!! what a great life…lucky man..👍😍🇦🇺

  • Reply David Wright July 29, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    And I thought my little one bedroom San Francisco apt. was cool..this is way, way past cool….Bravo sir for living life on your terms…

  • Reply Napolian Solo July 29, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Living out my dream.

  • Reply Sa m July 29, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    that looks like Montenegro to me

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  • Reply Jessica LT July 30, 2019 at 3:29 am

    Beautiful boat and life.

  • Reply Gianfranco Bacco July 30, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Stupenda barca,con un grande padrone!!!!

  • Reply Luis Julian July 30, 2019 at 8:06 am


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  • Reply snaggletooth 70 July 30, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Freakn awsum,,i hate my life when i watch this stuff,lol

  • Reply Yang Hun-배문고 25기 Jin-WanDoo Journal July 30, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Nice and classical design boat.

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  • Reply Nigel 900 July 30, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Wow!… We should all be so humble, content and self sufficient.

  • Reply Hal Eckert July 31, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Very nice "Fair seas and following winds" God Speed 👍❤️🙏

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  • Reply awacon awacon July 31, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    The 420 with 1 person if wind would be stronger than 2 Beaufort, I'm afraid would be huge problems. I knew very good this yacht when I was a teenager, it is smaller 470's sister.

  • Reply FlavorGrenade July 31, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    It sleeps one but if they are really in love it can fit two 😂 lol love it

  • Reply Svarog July 31, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    2:32 Their a blue book named "P U S S Y"

  • Reply Joe Luciani July 31, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Wow this video gave me chills talk about living large just the look of the boat and touring it had me relaxed I can only imagine sitting up on that deck watching the sun rise on if

  • Reply georgios panagopoulos July 31, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    God bless you my friend and I wish you'd have lovely calm sailing

  • Reply Eric Welty July 31, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    What kind of books does he like to read 2:34 XD

  • Reply Abdul Qadir July 31, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Fantastic vessel couldn't even imagine how many sea miles has on her back and where she has been. The engine room needs a little more TLC, sorry guys Im an engineer and thats my space on a boat/ship

  • Reply Roy Heffner July 31, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    super boat and super guy.

  • Reply David Black July 31, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    I wonder what the book is about at 2:34

  • Reply Beslan BSL August 1, 2019 at 10:55 am

    God bless you man! Live long, live a colorful life!

  • Reply RXN Giraffe August 1, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I swear there is the same boat on Lake Ontario, is there any relation? It’s green as well

  • Reply Cameron , Not Cam'ron August 1, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Did yall catch the book that said "PUSSY " on the book shelf at 2:34 on the right …

  • Reply Gonietube NYC August 1, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    That’s a beautiful Boat !! I’d fix it up really nice make it all detailed wood work a timber Frame home style boat .. and A Gun room for protection and for Fun lol

  • Reply Gonietube NYC August 1, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    It’s Probably Gorgeous to make a wood fire in that in winter by Greenland or Alaska and enjoy the scenery and smell the wood burning !!! God that’s a gorgeous boat needs alittle work and stuff but it’s beautiful

  • Reply Rosendo Carrillo August 1, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    This man is truly living his own agenda.

  • Reply K WinChronic August 2, 2019 at 12:00 am

    One gorgeous boat.

  • Reply Henry Farrell August 2, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Did anyone else catch that at 2:34?

  • Reply Debajyoti Bhowmick August 2, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Kudos to you … A true romantic, adventurer and explorer…What a way of Life..

  • Reply Allan Thibodeau August 2, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Im so happy for you, you live my dream, love you all

  • Reply Lydie Baillie August 2, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    He's much younger than he appears. Beautiful interiors

  • Reply Pastor Paul D August 3, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Is it me or is there a lot of space on this beautiful boat? This man has so much responsibility he has to be almost everything to everybody when he has people on this boat. It looks like a very romantic yet demanding job however this man seems that he would have it no other way so what’s not to love about being a captain of your own big boat and making a living out of living on the water. Good for him I’d love to take a trip with this fella with my family. it would be a beautiful wonderful time. To the captain thank you for sharing your world and may God bless you as you journey around the world. I would actually love to get in touch with this man to possibly hire him at his craft?

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  • Reply devin briley August 4, 2019 at 4:41 am

    2:34 book named pussy . Interesting

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    Very… very… cool! 🙂

  • Reply Robert bishop August 4, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Beautiful boat, we'll kept for a 100 year old boat.

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    beautiful ship! i'd take one of those ships or a trimarin over a super yacht ANY day.

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  • Reply Al X August 5, 2019 at 6:40 am

    2:34 the book title 😝

  • Reply Gale Gregory August 5, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Nice one

  • Reply nash0089 August 5, 2019 at 9:00 am

    5:40 uh what? What is this water maker he speaks of?

  • Reply Iv Minic August 5, 2019 at 9:24 am

    U won

  • Reply Jean-Charles Lavigne August 6, 2019 at 12:25 am

    The colors are just perfect. Really comfy

  • Reply john connolly August 6, 2019 at 1:28 am

    This guy is made from stars and sea spray,he has immense life in his eyes and smile,God bless him and his mighty ship.

  • Reply Lance Van der Heyden August 6, 2019 at 1:57 am

    A century sounds like a long time till you are over half way there 😉

  • Reply Sven Serge Hamann August 6, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Very inspiring! I just bought my first sailing boat… only 7m long, 2.30m wide… but feel like a king in my small cabin already… it helps to see things from a different perspective…life can (should) be easy… if you have some talents that can pay for what you need for living- you should rethink the way you want to live!I When you feel something in you that makes you think about your life and goals: act before it's too late! Martin did the right thing! Ahoi

  • Reply Matt Eagles August 6, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Who has a book called “pussy”? 2:34

  • Reply Powdermen August 6, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    A good selection of books @2:34.

  • Reply jroar123 August 6, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Hay, it floats!

  • Reply Ayden Mikita August 6, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Anyone else notice that book on the shelf at 2:34?

  • Reply Rogue Panda August 6, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    0:46 – can somebody tell the other boats that travelling forwards is more efficient 🙂

  • Reply servicarrider August 7, 2019 at 7:29 am

    There is something to be said for doing it on your own terms.

  • Reply Michael August 8, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Would love to have that boat. Sailed around the world one time on the battleship Missouri back in 1986. Want to turn heads? Pull into any port on an Iowa class battleship.

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  • Reply Panic The Scholar Knight. August 9, 2019 at 1:19 am

    This guy live better than most men.

  • Reply lbdeuce August 9, 2019 at 4:25 am

    pussy 2:34

  • Reply GG August 9, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    If you ever need a first mate I'm available. Downright useless, but available nonetheless.

  • Reply SpiritofDaniel August 10, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Wooden Ships have souls!

  • Reply Kim Horton August 10, 2019 at 3:12 am

    A boat is NOT a low maintenance home. I have to applaud his skills at keeping this so nice for 12 years

  • Reply Sean Francis August 10, 2019 at 9:57 am

    @2:32 book title 'PUSSY'

  • Reply KTM August 10, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Some people truly live.

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  • Reply william avery August 10, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Now that is a fantastic live aboard. How much to build her today? Even in Turkey ?

  • Reply t sam August 10, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    0:27 #1 Keep your nails short. #2 Always clean them after jobs. #3 Ya don't need scrungy hands to prove your grit.

  • Reply Tom Luna August 11, 2019 at 12:30 am

    That looks awesome

  • Reply Ja Ads August 11, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Daz boot

  • Reply Eduardo Gavino August 12, 2019 at 1:57 am

    I admire you so much for your hardship and high intellectual. Thanks

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