Sail Loot Podcast 010: Zero To Cruising To Chartering One Love with Mike and Rebecca Sweeney

By on December 23, 2014
Zero to Cruising to One Love

You have heard of Mike and Rebecca Sweeney right? No? Have you heard of the Zero to Cruising website?

Mike and Rebecca started their sailing adventure in Kingston, Ontario in July 0f 2010. It seems as if their preparation process took them about 2 years. They came up with the idea of setting sail (you’ll find out how in the podcast. After all, I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun stuff for you!), and published their first post on Zero to Cruising in October of 2008. Yes, they built a website and published that first post 2.5 MONTHS BEFORE they took their sailing classes in Florida with Offshore Sailing School.

They were hooked, and from that point on it was selling houses, living out of closets and in basement apartments, purchasing Zero to Cruising, and re-fitting her for cruising. The Sweeneys moved aboard, set sail and headed South from Canada until they reached Trinidad.

They met Michael Eckert, owner of One Love, in the Bahamas. It’s a good story so I won’t spoil it for you (Again, it’s in the podcast). I will say that it all comes back to the internet. It always does. It stems from a website that somebody has seen, and a boat name that is recognized. A dinghy ride here, another blog follower there…oh just listen to the podcast already!

A Few Things You’ll Learn About In This Episode:

  • Making life changing decisions while drinking wine in a hot tub.
  • The steps Mike and Rebecca took to learn to sail.
  • Selling their martial arts school.
  • Searching for a sailboat.
  • Finding Zero to Cruising.
  • Living out of a closet in their gym for four months.
  • How much they paid for Zero to Cruising.
  • Sailing South from Canada.
  • How they met Michael Eckert, majority owner of One Love
  • Their transition to chartering One Love after 3 years aboard Zero to Cruising
  • Their experience buying a charter boat from a charter company, The Moorings.
  • Re-fitting One Love for charter.
  • How the charter business works.
  • How people find One Love Catamaran Charters to book their vacations.
  • The camaraderie between charter boats in the Virgin Islands
  • Legal issues of chartering a boat.
  • How they flagged One Love.
  • Getting visas to work on One Love.
  • Their base of operations at Compass Point Marina in St. Thomas, USVI.
  • A typical charter week on board One Love.
  • And much more!

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About Teddy

I am a 37 year old that just wants to find a way to make a remote income, gather some Sail Loot and cruise the world! I have been sailing for a couple of years now, but mostly on 10 day trips as vacationing crew. I just recently took sailing to the next level by completing my Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising Certifications! I am also Vice President of a Medical Consulting Company, have a Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, and have taken several Coding, Computing, and Online Business courses. It's time to share what I have learned!


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  2. Michael L. Allen

    May 26, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Hey Teddy…I love the Sail Loot pod casts and was pleased to hear the episode on Mike & Rebecca Sweeney as I’ve been following their ZTC and One Love sites for a while.

    Since your episode with them was only a few months ago, I wonder if it would be worth while to do a follow up with the Sweeney’s to capture the disturbing story of how they came to part ways with One Love’s owner. It would be interesting to capture the owner’s side as well and drop a bit of a reality check into the thoughts and minds of those dreaming of heading south with aspirations of starting a charter business.

    Thanks again!

    If you are interested in the background, you can go to the website and check out: What would you do if this happened to your daughter?

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