Burien’s man now travels the world on ‘Unko Rahj’


By Izzy Wallace

For Pat Anderson of Burien, sailing is not just a hobby, it has become a livelihood.

Anderson’s path to captaining a sailboat began at a young age, beginning with an interest in different water sports – such as barefoot water skiing – while living with his parents at Three Tree Point.

“I got my captain’s license 7 years ago in Hawaii,” he said. “But originally what brought me here… is because my parents both really enjoy water skiing, I grew up around that stuff. … Then later in high school, I got a sailboat, and [from then] we got it.

He has acquired a few sailboats since then, but the main investment would come in the form of Anderson’s current boat, the Unko Rahj.

The boat is a 29-foot home-built catamaran, which was purchased for $ 6,000 from fellow Craigslist sailors.

“I wanted to sail this boat a few years ago, I just didn’t have enough money and needed help figuring out the scale of a project,” said Anderson.

This is where Unko Rahj’s co-captain, JD, came in.

“JD is originally from San Diego, but I met him on the North Shore of Oahu,” he said. “I asked him if he wanted to join me, and a week later he was here.”

Along with sailing, the couple wanted to follow and share their adventures – that’s when the idea of ​​YouTube and Patreon came into play.

“It was partly just to have it for ourselves. Even though no one else is watching it, we want to document this adventure, ”Anderson said. “But also, if people end up liking it, and we make money from YouTube, it’s [great too]. “

They’ve since posted five videos to their YouTube channel and regularly update their Patreon – here’s their most recent:

The duo left Washington in September, where they then made a trip to the West Coast.

From there they started heading to more tropical places for the colder months.

“We are heading to Baja for the winter, after which we hope to move to the Marquesas Islands in April. It will be 2,500 miles crossing the Pacific Ocean, ”said Anderson. “JD did bigger passages like that, but I didn’t, it will be new to me.”

Pursuing this passion has been a liberating experience for both of them, he said.

“It really touches you, there’s a great feeling of freedom right there,” he said. “For me it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.”

If you would like to support or follow the journey, you can do so through their Youtube channel at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy_imtvZvHbHjF6hLylCtiw/featured

Or their Patreon at:

https://www.patreon.com/SailingUnkoRahj


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