Sailing Around The World (With Kids)

Herbert Bay
Entrepreneur & Adventurer with a PhD in Computer Vision. Founder of kooaba, ShortcutApp.io, Captural, 47-nord. Sailed the world from 2014–2018.

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Sailing around the world and discovering new places is a dream of many. However, often it remains a dream. The reason is that it seems to be such a huge change in life that many are scared to go to the implementation phase. It’s even more of a change when wanting to go on such a journey with kids. Questions of homeschooling, medical supplies, security scare many parents off who are planning to explore the world by boat. This deep dive is aiming at inspiring the readers that it is possible to go sailing with children and what are the crucial things to consider.


Herbert Bay is a Swiss tech entrepreneur and adventurer. He sailed around the world with his wife and two kids for four years. Herbert co-founded two machine learning companies, authored the widely used SURF local feature detector for computer vision applications, and he’s currently leading captural.com, a machine-learning-powered mobile app for creating photo books.


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Expectation management. Sailing with kids is no vacation. It’s hard work, but worth every second.

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To sail around the world, the choice of the boat will determine how you will live for the time you are on the boat. Be careful there.

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A big topic is power supply on board. You will live independent of the power grid for many years. Here is a good article about the possibilities. We stayed slim with only a solar panel and a wind generator for most of the time. 

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Staying connected is very important today, especially on islands where there is no connectivity at all. There are many possibilities. We chose to stay connected only via HAM Radio and a satellite phone for emergencies.

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Preparing the boat for an ocean crossing is important, but don’t overdo it. Here a summary of what’s important. Not everything is needed. People crossed oceans with much less equipment, the wind will bring you to the other side in any case.

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The Pacific Ocean is a different place on earth than all the other places we have ever visited. It’s mesmerizing and you might stay there for a long time. There is a lot to say about the pacific, but here a short intro.

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Crossing the Panama Canal is not trivial. I didn’t find any other appropriate post other than the one we wrote. Get prepared.

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Beautiful Islands with never-ending sandy beaches or a lonely and far-away nightmare? It can be both unless you know what’s waiting for you.

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Don’t get lost. From paper charts to high-tech navigation systems, there are a lot of possibilities. We used our iPhones and some security backup charts we never touched.

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I hope you enjoyed this deep dive. Sailing around the world is worth every second of it, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare if not prepared enough or if the expectations don’t match the reality. Sailing with kids is no vacation, but a lifestyle.


If you want to learn more, I invite you to contact me via LinkedIn.

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