I just signed up as a Patreon supporter of Steve over at the SV Panope YouTube channel, something I should have done ages ago. Anyway, done now.
While I was doing that I was surprised to see that Steve only has 35 patrons. Definitely reflects poorly on us in the cruising community when you consider that he has 5400 subscribers to his channel and probably tens of thousands of yachties that watch at least occasionally.
Or, to put it another way, only one in 150 of us who regularly benefit from his hard work are contributing anything to it.
I guess he could be making big bucks from Google ad share revenue, but I’m guessing not, since to do that you have to have about a bazillion followers and views, like say SV Delos, and Steve’s just not cute enough for that to work.
Anyway, if you are one of the thousands of cruisers who learn from Steve, have a heart and support him at Patreon. It does not need to be a big amount if there are enough of us. I pledged $2/Month or $24/year—I wonder why I picked that number?
Always remember that free is most often worth exactly what you paid for it, and that goes quadruple for most of the stuff on YouTube.
If we are not willing to financially support the very few people like Steve and the folks over at Practical Sailor who actually know what the hell they are talking about, we only have ourselves to blame when we find ourselves awash in bullshit.
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Nothing to disclose, other than this appeal was motivated by remembering vividly our time labouring for some 12 years at this site without a cent of compensation while paying all expenses out of our own pockets.
Thanks to all you members who changed that.