Sail to Southeast Asia Cruiser Coaching

Affordable, expert support to get your Southeast Asian sailing adventure on track 

We are Catherine Lawson and David Bristow — liveaboard cruisers, sailing journalists, authors and mentors — with 20 years of liveaboard experience and extensive knowledge of cruising Southeast Asian waters. We offer personalised video coaching sessions and ongoing guidance while your cruise, and supply you with all the resources you need to get to Southeast Asia and start exploring. 

Having clocked up more than 25,000 sea miles in Northern Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, we can show you how to see the best of this region’s incredible archipelago of islands, coastlines and countries. If you are setting out from Australia, we’ll help you plan the leap north too. 

How we can help 

Through video consultations and ongoing, unlimited access to us for advice and information while your cruise, we’ll set you up to get cruising, and mentor your adventure every step of the way. 

Whether you need help navigating the weather, currents and seasons, route planning, advice on buying and installing gear, boat projects, provisioning and paperwork, working and schooling during your trip — or anything else sailing related — we’ve got your back. 

We’ve spent decades living aboard, and are still cruising and finding pockets of wonder, currently in Western Indonesia. 

We personalise everything

All sessions are personalised to your stage of your journey, whether you are prepping to set sail, or working towards that day on the hardstand.

We can help with:

  • Weather in Southeast Asia and seasonal route planning
  • The very best anchorages (and marinas and boat yards)
  • Clearing in and out (plus export documents, visas and agents)
  • Prepping your boat for a remote voyage
  • Choosing and installing new gear and boat systems (navigation, safety, power and more)
  • Safety at Sea 
  • Travelling with pets
  • Transitioning to homeschoolling
  • Working from your boat
  • Cruiser budgets
  • Boat buying, surveys, insurance and more. 
Choose from

One-on-one video consultations

Book a single 1-2 hour session to get your trip on track. You hit us with questions, we provide answers and advice, and follow-up each session with written notes and the resources you need to move forward. 



Join our Cruising Club

As a Cruising Club member, you get to schedule five, one-on-one video sessions, and receive ongoing, unlimited support while you cruise. Plus we’ll give you a copy of Wild One’s just-released Indonesian Anchorage Guide — available only to Cruising Club members, and lots more. 

Here’s what you get:

  • 5 x 45-min, one-on-one video coaching sessions (with follow-up resources)
  • Unlimited access to us – via message or email – to keep your travels on track in between live sessions. 
  • Get real-time advice, troubleshoot boat problems, revise your sailing itinerary or get contacts or tips for resupplying, repairing and exploring. 
  • A digital copy of Wild One’s new Indonesian Anchorage Guide to Raja Ampat, the Forgotten Isles and the West Papuan Coast.
  • Weekly cruising updates about topics that matter to you, emailed directly to your inbox.

3 month membership AUD$675

If you dream of setting sail for Southeast Asia, come join us!