Liveaboard Academy

Live easy on the water

Hello Sailor

We are Alex & Mandy, living on a 36 foot Beneteau Oceanis sailboat. On our boat, we lived in Greece, crossed the Med, made our way to the Canary Islands, crossed the Atlantic, and roam the Caribbean Islands. In our time onboard, we learned the ropes very quickly. And we keep learning, every day. Join us and get a head start. 


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When it comes to sailing and living on a boat, it all comes down to developing good judgement and confidence in your abilities. To build this quickly, we have created Liveaboard Academy.

The sailing world is opinionated. We learned to listen to everyone, but only follow the advice of a few. 

This is not a sailing school. A few exceptions aside, we are not teaching you the ASA curriculum. We wouldn’t dare. Chances are that your sailing instructor does not live on a sailboat. But we do, and this is what we know.

What we show you is what it takes to live on a sailboat, attitude, the necessary skills apart from sailing, mindset, tricks, information and customs about different cruising grounds, what you will love and hate about the countries you’ll visit, and how to cope with life.

You’ve come to a place where we take your time seriously. Every minute of our videos is packed with relevant information. 

You may find a lot of this information on YouTube. But you’ll have to be a sailing channel connosseur and watch many months of entertainment content to find all the information you’re looking for.

On YouTube, videos are artificially stretched to maximize watch time, which helps the creator succeed, but is wasting your time. On LAA, we are not trying to get YouTube views and are not following algorithm games trying to catch and keep your attention. These videos are straight to the point.

We have talked to loads of cruisers over the years, made expensive mistakes, learned from it and share the knowledge with you. Often, there is not a one solution that fits all. Our approach is to tell you what works for us, and what could work for others. We are not sailing experts, but we are project experts. And we are living on our boat as we write this. Let us help you get ahead of schedule and point you in the right direction, make better decisions, maybe avoid an expensive mistake or two along the way. Have a look at our courses to find the one that speaks to your need.


See what's inside

Approaching liveaboard life

If you are thinking about the idea of living on a boat then no stress! We're checking in on attitude and skillset necessary to live easy on the water. And we break down what kind of boat is realistic based on your budget.

Boat Handling

We are not a sailing school and will not be your ASA or RYA teacher. But we will show you in depth how to handle lines, winches, jammers, and make the boat move without injuries. We start each lesson on a beginner level but end up in a level of detail that helps you understand the whys and hows.

Equipment of a cruising boat

We have turned an ex-charter boat into a full time liveaboard home that we crossed an ocean with. We will show you what equipment is needed and why we chose what we chose to be self sustaining on anchor.

Living aboard

This module teaches you the skills of the liveaboard and the things that make our lives easy. Set your expectations right, because it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, but it’s always an adventure.

Liveaboard Kitchen

Food is making or breaking a passage, makes unforgettable nights on anchor, and lifts crew spirit. Restaurants are great, but being able to put home made and healthy food on the table every day is even better. We share how we create non-perishable basic food and ingredients that you easily turn into a multitude of quick meals. We offer you our experience on provisioning in the Mediterranean and around the Caribbean islands; tips and pricing. And we share some of the best low-effort recipes we use on a regular basis.

Cruising Grounds


I want a different kind of boat than yours, will LAA still be relevant to me?

LAA does not teach you how to sail a 36 foot monohull. Of course our experience comes from sailing this boat, but the kind of knowledge we convey is universally applicable, no matter what boat you're on. It could be a motorboat for all we know.

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