Cruising Off Duty is creating Sailing and Travel Videos
21

patrons

$83
per Video
Hello fans of the Cruising Off Duty Youtube Channel.  The Channel is about Sailing and Travelling and how getting out and exploring by sailboat can be an excellent way to get away from the stresses of the day to day grind of work, kids and just life in general.  I have been a Police Officer for 23 years and needless to say the job can be stressful, so getting away from all of that and feeling the the serenity of travelling by sailboat and hearing nothing but the lapping of water against your hull, while being pushed along by the wind, is a great way to leave all of the daily worries and stress behind.  We spent the first sailing season of the channel exploring the Ottawa River but starting next season we will be on the 1000 Island area of the the St Lawrence and the Great Lakes.  The area is stunningly beautiful and I can't wait to document it and bring it all to the viewers.  I document these travels along with my wife Janice by land and drone videography.

These video take a lot of expensive cameras, drones, computers, software etc, to create (not to mention many hours of time).  Most people who do not create Youtube videos have no idea what the creators gets paid in advertising from Google, but here is the sad fact.  Ballpark, you can expect that a creator is getting around 1/3 of a cent per view.  That is fine if you are Casey Neistat with millions of views per video, but in the niche market of sailing and travel channels, the limited views just don't cover a fraction of the cost to produce the video.

For this exact reason it seems like every major sailing Vlog on youtube has to turn to their fans through Patreon to help support the channel.  So what would becoming a Patreon of Cruising Off Duty do for you?  Well,  check out the various reward listed to the right to see exactly, but, in a nutshell, at a certain level of support we can cover the cost of the equipment which means the Channel can keep up with the cost of camera equipment and continue at a slightly higher level. It allows for better equipment down the road and therefore better production value.  If the support grows to a decent enough level, then we can move up our 6 year plan to sell everything and buy a Catamaran and sail around the world documenting everything we see along the way and bringing it to you the viewers.  Hopefully the viewer gets real entertainment value about seeing far away places that you could never get to by plane.

So that is the plan, it is just a matter of if that plan of living on a sailboat and circumnavigating the globe happens soon or waits until we one day retire.  Hopefully you have enjoyed the videos so far and hopefully you can see the value in supporting the channel, so that we can start doing full time, now.

Thanks for any support,
Craig and Janice.
Tiers
Support Crew
$2 or more per Video


  • You're officially a part of the Support Crew! We're so excited to have you on board and can't wait to bring you in on what's been going on behind the scenes.
  • When your lifetime contribution gets to $200 you will be sent a Cruising Off Duty T-shirt.  When your lifetime contribution gets to $500 you will get invited to set up a time to come sailing on our boat in Kingston Ontario.  If you can't make it to the boat we will try and find another gift to send you.
  • As a crew member you get access to our Patreon Only Feed, which is like a private Facebook group for the entire Cruising Off Duty crew. It’s a place where only Patreons can interact and we’ll give you first priority with our responses here. If you have a question, this is where you can ask it and be assured you will get a response. 
Production Assistant
$5 or more per Video
  •  You just scored the Production Assistant position. You’re keepin’ our production alive and at the end of a long day we look at you and say “what would we do without you?!?”
  • When your lifetime contribution gets to $200 you will be sent a Cruising Off Duty T-shirt.  When your lifetime contribution gets to $500 you will get invited to set up a time to come sailing on our boat in Kingston Ontario.  If you can't make it to the boat we will try and find another gift to send you.
  • Want to meet up? You'll get invitations to the in person meet-ups we'll have along the way. When we see you in person, we’ll make sure to offer up a hardy handshake or a big BIG hug from me and Janice (I’m guessing Janice will get more hug requests since our viewership seems to be 94% male), and until then, we’ll give you a virtual high-five. 
Visual Effects Supervisor
$10 or more per Video


  • You are our Visual Effects Supervisor overseeing the work of the crew dedicated to the art and science of the production. You know a good thing when you see it. You are our inspiration and know that with you on our team.  At this level of support we know you are truly passionate about Cruising Off Duty and you will have our ear for what you liked and what you think could be changed to make the Channel even better.
  • All the previous rewards plus: 
  • When your lifetime contribution gets to $200 you will be sent a Cruising Off Duty T-shirt.  When your lifetime contribution gets to $500 you will get invited to set up a time to come sailing on our boat in Kingston Ontario.  If you can't make it to the boat we will try and find another gift to send you.
  • You will get recognized in the credits during at least the first episode you join this level, as being a new supporter of us on Patreon.
Executive Producer
$25 or more per Video



  • You are at the at the Executive Producer level. We never dreamed we’d have the opportunity to work with you! You are truly invested in making Cruising Off Duty the best it can possibly be and we will go to you for advice and look for your input on where the channel should be going in the future how to make it even better. 
  • All of the previous rewards but better: 
  • When your lifetime contribution gets to $200 you will be sent a Cruising Off Duty T-shirt.  When your lifetime contribution gets to $500 you will get invited to set up a time to come sailing on our boat in Kingston Ontario.  If you can't make it to the boat we will try and find another gift to send you.
  • You will get a written thank you in the credits in every episode that you continue to support us. It is because of people like you that the videos are able to be produced.
Director
$50 or more per Video


  • You are at the award winning Director Level. We are blown away that we get to work with you! This is incredible and we’ll work hard to show you how grateful we are for the opportunity! You will have our ear all the way along and we look forward to having your direction as we produce episodes going forward. You have shown that you are passionate about making Cruising Off Duty be at the best possible production level and the money you are donating to the channel will go toward keeping the production level high by allowing us to keep our camera and production gear at a high level.
  • All of the previous rewards but better:
  • For this pledge you’ll have our ears, our eyes, and our mouths…at least digitally! You’re invited to a Patreon Director and Above Monthly Video Chat Session where we can talk about pretty much anything. It’s an opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, talk about what’s next and get to know our fellow supporting Executive Patreon crew a little more intimately.
  • When your lifetime contribution gets to $200 you will be sent a Cruising Off Duty T-shirt.  When your lifetime contribution gets to $500 you will get invited to set up a time to come sailing on our boat in Kingston Ontario.  If you can't make it to the boat we will try and find another gift to send you.
  • You will get a written thank you in the credits of every episode that you continue to support us. It is because of people like you that the videos are able to be produced.
Oscar Winning Director
$100 or more per Video



  • You are an Oscar Winning Director. We are humbled to work with such a visionary. This is incredible and we’ll work hard to show you how grateful we are for the opportunity! You will have our ear all the way along and we look forward to having your direction as we produce episodes going forward. You have shown that you are passionate about making Cruising Off Duty be at the best possible production level and the money you are donating to the channel will go toward keeping the production level high by allowing us to keep our camera and production gear at a high level. With supporters like you, we would be able to bring on help such as a dedicated video editor to allow us to spend more time making videos and less time behind the computer. This will not only free up time to produce better quality videos but also more frequent videos.
  • You get all of the rewards listed at previous levels and more:
  • When you lifetime contribution gets to $200 you will be sent a Cruising Off Duty T-shirt.  When your lifetime contribution gets to $500 you will get invited to set up a time to come sailing on our boat in Kingston Ontario.  If you can't make it to the boat we will try and find another gift to send you.
  • You will get a written thank you in the credits of every episode that you continue to support us. We will also expressly thank you verbally at the end of the first episode showing just how grateful we are. It is because of people like you that the videos are able to be produced.
  • You will be in contact with us regularly and there will be an invite that if you are ever able to come to where our boat is, we will take you out on the boat for at least a day. You will therefore make a guest appearance in one of our episodes if you are OK with that. You will obviously then get the proper thanks that you deserve straight from us at that time.
President of the Production Studio
$250 or more per Video





  •  They say Money can’t buy love…but I think you just proved that wrong. We are truly grateful for anyone that would even consider this pledge, you’ve literally (and figuratively) moved us. With support like this we, no longer have to work at our regular jobs and can retire now and expedite our plans to start sailing around the world immediately. You see a tremendous value in what we create along with the knowledge we’ve gained and shared over the past and you see the value in Cruising Off Duty in the future.
    We can’t even think of a proper title to give someone so generous, but since you are financially supporting the channel, you deserve to be the President of the Production Studio. With this pledge amount, you're allowing us to focus solely on Cruising Off Duty and not worry about getting paid sponsors for videos where we have to say what the sponsor wants us to say. With this new freedom, we will not only be able to sail the world now but be able to afford to keep our camera gear up to top specifications and perhaps even get help with filming so we spend more time in front of the camera experiencing the world and bringing to the viewers than peering at it through a viewfinder.
    We honestly don’t know what reward we can offer for such a gracious pledge, but here’s our current attempt:
  • All of the previous rewards but more:
  • The hug mentioned in the above level but, Oh who am I kidding? At this level you are getting a long (bordering on uncomfortably long) hug from both Janice and I. I will try and hold back the tears.
  • When your lifetime contribution gets to $200 you will be sent a Cruising Off Duty T-shirt.  When your lifetime contribution gets to $500 you will get invited to set up a time to come sailing on our boat in Kingston Ontario.  If you can't make it to the boat we will try and find another gift to send you.
  • You will be in contact with us and there will be an invite for you, that if you are ever able to come to where our boat is, we will take you out on the boat for the day or more. You will therefore make a guest appearance in one of our episodes, if you are OK with that. You will obviously then get the proper thanks in person, that you deserve.
  • One-On-One Monthly Chat Session to ask us about life on the water or pretty much anything else we can share with you. Maybe you need that extra push to go on an adventure, or that little nudge to get you through the daily grind. You’re serious about keeping the dream alive and we’ll do what we can to help you achieve your travel dreams and goals too.
Goals
$83 of $250 per Video
At this level we are covering the cost of cameras, drones, computers, software etc and it makes us confident that we can keep producing videos and as equipment invariably breaks down, we can afford to replace it.  Cruising Off Duty goes from a money losing proposition to a break even passion project of mine.  For that we are thankful to our Patreon supporters.
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Hello fans of the Cruising Off Duty Youtube Channel.  The Channel is about Sailing and Travelling and how getting out and exploring by sailboat can be an excellent way to get away from the stresses of the day to day grind of work, kids and just life in general.  I have been a Police Officer for 23 years and needless to say the job can be stressful, so getting away from all of that and feeling the the serenity of travelling by sailboat and hearing nothing but the lapping of water against your hull, while being pushed along by the wind, is a great way to leave all of the daily worries and stress behind.  We spent the first sailing season of the channel exploring the Ottawa River but starting next season we will be on the 1000 Island area of the the St Lawrence and the Great Lakes.  The area is stunningly beautiful and I can't wait to document it and bring it all to the viewers.  I document these travels along with my wife Janice by land and drone videography.

These video take a lot of expensive cameras, drones, computers, software etc, to create (not to mention many hours of time).  Most people who do not create Youtube videos have no idea what the creators gets paid in advertising from Google, but here is the sad fact.  Ballpark, you can expect that a creator is getting around 1/3 of a cent per view.  That is fine if you are Casey Neistat with millions of views per video, but in the niche market of sailing and travel channels, the limited views just don't cover a fraction of the cost to produce the video.

For this exact reason it seems like every major sailing Vlog on youtube has to turn to their fans through Patreon to help support the channel.  So what would becoming a Patreon of Cruising Off Duty do for you?  Well,  check out the various reward listed to the right to see exactly, but, in a nutshell, at a certain level of support we can cover the cost of the equipment which means the Channel can keep up with the cost of camera equipment and continue at a slightly higher level. It allows for better equipment down the road and therefore better production value.  If the support grows to a decent enough level, then we can move up our 6 year plan to sell everything and buy a Catamaran and sail around the world documenting everything we see along the way and bringing it to you the viewers.  Hopefully the viewer gets real entertainment value about seeing far away places that you could never get to by plane.

So that is the plan, it is just a matter of if that plan of living on a sailboat and circumnavigating the globe happens soon or waits until we one day retire.  Hopefully you have enjoyed the videos so far and hopefully you can see the value in supporting the channel, so that we can start doing full time, now.

Thanks for any support,
Craig and Janice.

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Tiers
Support Crew
$2 or more per Video


  • You're officially a part of the Support Crew! We're so excited to have you on board and can't wait to bring you in on what's been going on behind the scenes.
  • When your lifetime contribution gets to $200 you will be sent a Cruising Off Duty T-shirt.  When your lifetime contribution gets to $500 you will get invited to set up a time to come sailing on our boat in Kingston Ontario.  If you can't make it to the boat we will try and find another gift to send you.
  • As a crew member you get access to our Patreon Only Feed, which is like a private Facebook group for the entire Cruising Off Duty crew. It’s a place where only Patreons can interact and we’ll give you first priority with our responses here. If you have a question, this is where you can ask it and be assured you will get a response. 
Production Assistant
$5 or more per Video
  •  You just scored the Production Assistant position. You’re keepin’ our production alive and at the end of a long day we look at you and say “what would we do without you?!?”
  • When your lifetime contribution gets to $200 you will be sent a Cruising Off Duty T-shirt.  When your lifetime contribution gets to $500 you will get invited to set up a time to come sailing on our boat in Kingston Ontario.  If you can't make it to the boat we will try and find another gift to send you.
  • Want to meet up? You'll get invitations to the in person meet-ups we'll have along the way. When we see you in person, we’ll make sure to offer up a hardy handshake or a big BIG hug from me and Janice (I’m guessing Janice will get more hug requests since our viewership seems to be 94% male), and until then, we’ll give you a virtual high-five. 
Visual Effects Supervisor
$10 or more per Video


  • You are our Visual Effects Supervisor overseeing the work of the crew dedicated to the art and science of the production. You know a good thing when you see it. You are our inspiration and know that with you on our team.  At this level of support we know you are truly passionate about Cruising Off Duty and you will have our ear for what you liked and what you think could be changed to make the Channel even better.
  • All the previous rewards plus: 
  • When your lifetime contribution gets to $200 you will be sent a Cruising Off Duty T-shirt.  When your lifetime contribution gets to $500 you will get invited to set up a time to come sailing on our boat in Kingston Ontario.  If you can't make it to the boat we will try and find another gift to send you.
  • You will get recognized in the credits during at least the first episode you join this level, as being a new supporter of us on Patreon.
Executive Producer
$25 or more per Video



  • You are at the at the Executive Producer level. We never dreamed we’d have the opportunity to work with you! You are truly invested in making Cruising Off Duty the best it can possibly be and we will go to you for advice and look for your input on where the channel should be going in the future how to make it even better. 
  • All of the previous rewards but better: 
  • When your lifetime contribution gets to $200 you will be sent a Cruising Off Duty T-shirt.  When your lifetime contribution gets to $500 you will get invited to set up a time to come sailing on our boat in Kingston Ontario.  If you can't make it to the boat we will try and find another gift to send you.
  • You will get a written thank you in the credits in every episode that you continue to support us. It is because of people like you that the videos are able to be produced.
Director
$50 or more per Video


  • You are at the award winning Director Level. We are blown away that we get to work with you! This is incredible and we’ll work hard to show you how grateful we are for the opportunity! You will have our ear all the way along and we look forward to having your direction as we produce episodes going forward. You have shown that you are passionate about making Cruising Off Duty be at the best possible production level and the money you are donating to the channel will go toward keeping the production level high by allowing us to keep our camera and production gear at a high level.
  • All of the previous rewards but better:
  • For this pledge you’ll have our ears, our eyes, and our mouths…at least digitally! You’re invited to a Patreon Director and Above Monthly Video Chat Session where we can talk about pretty much anything. It’s an opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, talk about what’s next and get to know our fellow supporting Executive Patreon crew a little more intimately.
  • When your lifetime contribution gets to $200 you will be sent a Cruising Off Duty T-shirt.  When your lifetime contribution gets to $500 you will get invited to set up a time to come sailing on our boat in Kingston Ontario.  If you can't make it to the boat we will try and find another gift to send you.
  • You will get a written thank you in the credits of every episode that you continue to support us. It is because of people like you that the videos are able to be produced.
Oscar Winning Director
$100 or more per Video



  • You are an Oscar Winning Director. We are humbled to work with such a visionary. This is incredible and we’ll work hard to show you how grateful we are for the opportunity! You will have our ear all the way along and we look forward to having your direction as we produce episodes going forward. You have shown that you are passionate about making Cruising Off Duty be at the best possible production level and the money you are donating to the channel will go toward keeping the production level high by allowing us to keep our camera and production gear at a high level. With supporters like you, we would be able to bring on help such as a dedicated video editor to allow us to spend more time making videos and less time behind the computer. This will not only free up time to produce better quality videos but also more frequent videos.
  • You get all of the rewards listed at previous levels and more:
  • When you lifetime contribution gets to $200 you will be sent a Cruising Off Duty T-shirt.  When your lifetime contribution gets to $500 you will get invited to set up a time to come sailing on our boat in Kingston Ontario.  If you can't make it to the boat we will try and find another gift to send you.
  • You will get a written thank you in the credits of every episode that you continue to support us. We will also expressly thank you verbally at the end of the first episode showing just how grateful we are. It is because of people like you that the videos are able to be produced.
  • You will be in contact with us regularly and there will be an invite that if you are ever able to come to where our boat is, we will take you out on the boat for at least a day. You will therefore make a guest appearance in one of our episodes if you are OK with that. You will obviously then get the proper thanks that you deserve straight from us at that time.
President of the Production Studio
$250 or more per Video





  •  They say Money can’t buy love…but I think you just proved that wrong. We are truly grateful for anyone that would even consider this pledge, you’ve literally (and figuratively) moved us. With support like this we, no longer have to work at our regular jobs and can retire now and expedite our plans to start sailing around the world immediately. You see a tremendous value in what we create along with the knowledge we’ve gained and shared over the past and you see the value in Cruising Off Duty in the future.
    We can’t even think of a proper title to give someone so generous, but since you are financially supporting the channel, you deserve to be the President of the Production Studio. With this pledge amount, you're allowing us to focus solely on Cruising Off Duty and not worry about getting paid sponsors for videos where we have to say what the sponsor wants us to say. With this new freedom, we will not only be able to sail the world now but be able to afford to keep our camera gear up to top specifications and perhaps even get help with filming so we spend more time in front of the camera experiencing the world and bringing to the viewers than peering at it through a viewfinder.
    We honestly don’t know what reward we can offer for such a gracious pledge, but here’s our current attempt:
  • All of the previous rewards but more:
  • The hug mentioned in the above level but, Oh who am I kidding? At this level you are getting a long (bordering on uncomfortably long) hug from both Janice and I. I will try and hold back the tears.
  • When your lifetime contribution gets to $200 you will be sent a Cruising Off Duty T-shirt.  When your lifetime contribution gets to $500 you will get invited to set up a time to come sailing on our boat in Kingston Ontario.  If you can't make it to the boat we will try and find another gift to send you.
  • You will be in contact with us and there will be an invite for you, that if you are ever able to come to where our boat is, we will take you out on the boat for the day or more. You will therefore make a guest appearance in one of our episodes, if you are OK with that. You will obviously then get the proper thanks in person, that you deserve.
  • One-On-One Monthly Chat Session to ask us about life on the water or pretty much anything else we can share with you. Maybe you need that extra push to go on an adventure, or that little nudge to get you through the daily grind. You’re serious about keeping the dream alive and we’ll do what we can to help you achieve your travel dreams and goals too.