Sail Loot Podcast 034: Andy Schell, 59-North Part 1

By on February 2, 2016

Andy Schell always wanted to be his generation’s “John Kretschmer”. He and his wife Mia are well on their way to fulfilling that goal. Andy has written some magazine articles and I’m sure that he will one day write a book about his adventures.

All Andy ever really wanted to do was buy a bigger boat and take people ocean sailing. He and Mia recently bought Isbjorn, their Swan 48 – S&S Design sailboat. Shortly thereafter they started making ocean passages, they re-fit the boat, started making more passages, started taking paying customers sailing, and the business was born.

The 59-North podcast was a whole different beast. Andy didn’t intentionally put it together as a way to market the sailing business, but it just ended up that the majority of his first passengers have also been 59-North podcast listeners!

It’s a long one because Andy is such a great resource for all things sailing, cruising, and Sail Loot related. It’s Part 1 because you can find Part 2 of our conversation, where Andy turns the tables on me, over at 59-North. Enjoy!

Isbjorn Sailing Offshore

Isbjorn Sailing Offshore

Andy Swimming and Showering in the Aland Archipelago

Andy Swimming and Showering in the Aland Archipelago

034 - Having fun in the Caribbean

Andy and Mia having fun in the Caribbean

Mia with Arcturus in Sweden

Mia with Arcturus in Sweden

Mia and Andy on Isbjorn

Mia and Andy on Isbjorn

A Few Things You’ll Learn about Andy Schell, Mia, and 59-North in this episode:

  • Andy’s parents’ sailing story.
  • Andy’s first memories as a human being.
  • Cruising the Bahama’s as a child with his family.
  • Losing a cat.
  • The Schell’s restaurants.
  • The true visionary of the Schell family
  • Andy’s education.
  • Andy’s Schooner Woodwind Interview and Internship
  • Why Andy Applied to work for the Navy Morale Wellfare Recreation (MWR) department.
  • How and when Andy and Mia met.
  • Changing majors.
  • Purchasing Arcturus.
  • Working for BroadReach
  • Working for World Cruising Club
  • Podcasting.
  • Purchasing Isbjorn.
  • Starting the business of sailing Isbjorn with paying passengers.
  • 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!


  1. Marissa

    March 18, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Teddy, you missed in the list for cell service. I swapped over to this last year and it’s been awesome. Not only do I now have better service, but having my cell phone bill cut in half has meant I can add that extra amount into my future sailing kitty instead. :)

    Love the episodes, keep up the great work!


    • Teddy


      March 21, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks Marissa! Ting is now listed in the links. Let me know if you find anything else.

      Glad you’re enjoying the episodes! I’ll have more out soon I promise!


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