Sail Loot Podcast 013: Investing Money to Make Money While Sailing the Mediterranean with Franz Amussen

By on January 22, 2015

As a young child Franz Amussen had a yearning to travel and was envious of his Aunt and Uncle that would tell him stories of traveling the world. He also had some copies of National Geographic Magazine that detailed Robin Lee Graham’s adventures of sailing around the world at 16 years old. Robin then co-wrote the book Dove detailing his journey.

Franz knew from the beginning that he was going to build his own boat and sail it across the world’s oceans. He knew that he couldn’t afford to buy a boat without a loan, and he didn’t want to be shackled by debt. After hoarding lead wheel weights for the keel, and 5 years of building his sailboat out in the shed every winter, his Lyle Hess designed Bristol Channel Cutter was launched in Bellingham, WA.

In the past Franz was a stock broker. Now, he makes his sail loot as the CEO of Amussen, Hunsaker & Associates, Inc. – Registered Investment Advisors. He also makes some beer money with the Sailing in the Mediterranean Podcast, at, and at the Series 7 Podcast. He’s got a website for his investment business, websites for his podcasts, and loves the audio format. Enjoy the interview!

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

  • What inspired Franz to start traveling.
  • How Franz got into racing sailboats on the Great Salt Lake.
  • Why Franz chose to travel by sailboat.
  • Building his sailboat.
  • How Franz convinced his wife to start sailing.
  • The catalyst to Franz’s transoceanic passage.
  • Why Franz chose the Mediterranean.
  • How Franz made more money by taking 5 months off to sail across the Atlantic.
  • How Franz started his current business.
  • How Franz continues to sail the Mediterranean for 2 months every year.
  • How Franz schedules crew to join him on his sailing adventures.
  • Why Franz decided to start the Sailing in the Mediterranean Podcast.
  • The audio courses that Franz has put together.
  • The other podcasts that Franz has produced.
  • How much Franz spends per month sailing in the Mediterranean and how he sticks to it.
  • 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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