10 Years Building a Wooden Sailboat for Life on the Water – Retired Couple Shares Experience + Tour

Sombrio is a 33′ wooden sailboat that was lovingly built by Ian (a.k.a. KIM) over the course of 10 years with mostly reclaimed lumber that he collected and milled himself, including Douglas fir, red cedar, and yew wood. The boat has been a huge part of Ian and Sandi’s lives: the now-retired couple lived aboard the boat for 7 years, they summer cruised the Gulf Islands for several decades (and still do!), and they also did a massive 2-year trip to the Pacific from August 2017- August 2019.

The boat has a galley kitchen with a gimbal and methyl hydrate stove, a 12-volt fridge, plenty of counter space, and a safety belt to make cooking safer when the boat is underway. The saloon has a sofa with a table for lounging and dining and lots of storage for books and non-perishable food. Moving forward, there’s a head, storage locker, and a cozy v-berth with porthole windows and a hatch for ventilation.

Sombrio is an Oceania model, designed by Al Mason and built with the carvel planking method. The boat has a 26 hp, 3 cylinder Isuzu diesel with 50 gallons of fuel, for electricity it can use shore power as well as 2 x 100 Watt solar panels, for water there is 50 gallons of freshwater storage below deck, extra jerry cans on deck, and a saltwater pump for non-potable purposes, and for heat, there’s a big wood stove in the galley.

This is a beautiful boat, built and used by lovely people and we’re so happy to be sharing their boat life experience with you.

Special thank you to Simon from Finding Simon for filming the , tour, and some of the b-roll! You can follow his sailboat-building adventure on YouTube here:

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Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle


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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.

Editing Credits:
Mat and Danielle from Exploring Alternatives

Filming Credits:
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Mat and Danielle from Exploring Alternatives

Photo Credits:
Additional photos and videos provided by Sandi and Ian

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  1. Exploring Alternatives

    Thanks for watching! You can see more of our boat life videos here:

  2. What a beautiful story. Amazing people. These are the type of people we should set our aspirations to, not selfish, spoiled, mindless consumers.
    I wish them many safe voyages

  3. MoederEend MoederEend

    Beautifull story I wish you Both many more happy years to Come.

  4. i worry about aging as both may not be able to do the work by self when other goes

  5. It's like drugs

  6. i hope for you 2 the best really, you are such nice people ho want to live a life as it should be!

  7. Very nice!

  8. I know this boat locally for years. Even the place they moor it is an amazing spot. Some people make their fortune through their good and honest endeavour. Salt of the earth.

  9. Love the video so inspired thank you 😊

  10. Brilliant. Such a gorgeous craft in Bristol condition.
    Thank you for sharing.

  11. What a great story, beautiful boat and lovely couple. Wishing you many more years to enjoy.

  12. Verry nice, sometimes get a litle bit worried about the younger generation. ⛵🌎💜🚣‍♂️ gr.rob Amsterdam 👋

  13. Glorious!

  14. Great story, great effort 💪👌keep sailing ⛵️

  15. Just fantastic, two wonderful people, a beautiful boat hand crafted with love and care along with life journeys that have been rewarded for fulfilling your dreams. As a sailor and a human being I have enormous respect for both of you!

  16. Thanks for an inspiring report on two very impressive people who live their lives. They worked hard for their freedom, they deserve it. I wish you many more nice sailing trips.

  17. Wonderful story. Thank you.

  18. thats my dream

  19. Thanks for posting and sharing. I am so glad for this couple that they were able to make the trip to the Pacific. Wonderful story.

  20. Beautiful boat. Beautiful people. Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing.

  21. What a wonderful story, and such a nice couple, so inspiring.

  22. Reel Happy Travellers

    Hello, everything in this video seem truly charming as always.
    The elegance is indescribable
    Just divinely gorgeous!!!🤩😂

  23. what a fantastic couple, they have lived their life to the fullest, we all wish our own lives could be the same, these two have battled their way to a perfect marriage I wish them the very best, and thank you for showing us what life used to be like.

  24. Beautiful film!

  25. Living and cruising on a sailboat is great for the first month. After that, you'd better be in love because someday somebody is jumping ship. 50 foot yacht makes things better.

  26. Amazing!

  27. Lovely couple with beautiful boat.Thank you for sharing.

  28. Clarence Hopkins

    Excellent stuff bro

  29. I simply have to thank both of you for sharing such a beautiful and insightful video . It just proves what you can accomplish and do if you have the will and tenacity to stay focused . I also have always admired Al Mason as a marine architect .
    North Star.

  30. The boat is a Credit to you enjoy

  31. Макс Соловьев

    this is cool family !!!
    my respect !!!!

  32. That's an awesome story

  33. Beautiful boat, a proper ocean cruiser with her ketch rig and double ender design. It's also painted in my favourite colour for boats, what I call work boat green, it's definitely the best colour for a wooden sailboat. Lovely story as well in the building her yourself over many years, great stuff, inspirational

  34. Absolutely beautiful, I take my hat off to them both!, I wish them many years of happy travels. My best wishes. Gérard lacey in Ireland. X.

  35. Wow its so amazing lifestyle..!

  36. This is a sustainable boat and lifestyle. I admire that and think is a good example for future generations.

  37. Everything's going to hell in a handbasket. Buy yourself some Shiba Inu Bitcoin. So you have some money that's not in the dollar if and when the dollar is devalued…

  38. Bless you both hope you carry on sailing for as long as you wish. Good Luck !

  39. I just came by to see if Manuel was still so handsome… Where is he? LOL.

  40. Lovely, thanks for sharing.

  41. What an amazing inspiring story many thanks for the share !

  42. 👌👌👌👌👌