The SY Staatenlos – our catamaran explained



Christoph bought the SY Staatenlos in Croatia in June 2020. This post will tell you everything you need to know about our boat, equipment, gadgets, crew, sailing licence, completed itineraries and future schedule. You can always see our boat’s current location using our Yellowbrick GPS tracker below. Who knows, you might just be inspired to come sailing with us, buy your own boat or upgrade your existing vessel with a few amenities!


Our boat

The “SY Staatenlos” (“Stateless”) is a catamaran built by Lagoon, a shipyard in Bordeaux. Lagoon is a famous catamaran manufacturer and our model (380) is one of its most popular with almost 800 orders placed to date. The 380 is no longer produced but is still a popular choice on the used market. We deliberately chose an older Lagoon (built in 2006), because we think the older models are a bit sturdier and have better dimensions. It doesn’t really matter how old a ship’s hull is – as long as it doesn’t have any serious damage. We asked an experienced surveyor to confirm the condition of our Lagoon 380 before we bought it. So far, our sailing boat has only needed some minor gel-coating work and a new coat of anti-fouling paint.

SY Staatenlos in the North of Ibiza

Our Lagoon is 38 ft long (11.6 m) and around 6.6 m wide – and her draft is only 1.15 m deep. This means we can sail along various rivers and drop anchor in very shallow waters, such as coves. And with a mast height of 16.5 m, our catamaran fits under most bridges, such as all those dotted along the Intracoastal Waterway in the United States. This might be Lagoon’s smallest make, but there’s more than enough room in 4 + 2 cabins and plenty of storage space – and I couldn’t be happier about the ceiling height of over 2 m in the saloon. The fibre-glass vessel is light and manoeuvrable – an identical model has even won various regattas, such as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (2015).

In front of Sveti Stefan in Montenegro

In addition to the top-deck saloon, our catamaran has 6 cabins (3 in each hull). The two spacious cabins at the rear include cupboards for clothes or groceries and comfortable mattresses made by Flexima. Those rooms are reserved for skippers Josh and Christoph (when he’s on board). The cabins in the middle are only slightly smaller and, just like the others at the rear, their large windows flood the rooms with daylight. There are also single bunks at the front of each hull, which can be accessed via the hatches. These are also nice places to sleep and somewhat detached from the rest of the catamaran. Needless to say, all our cabins have their own plug socket, fans, bedding and comfortable pillows.

SY Staatenlos from the mast in Palma de Mallorca

When the catamaran was struck by lightning in 2018 and the damages were covered by the previous owner’s insurance company, the vessel was upgraded with the latest on-board electronics and two Raymarine chartplotters. However, we’ve also added a whole range of new features to our Lagoon 380 charter boat, as we wanted to make life on board as safe and pleasurable as possible. This mainly includes the following upgrades…

Party fun at Noah Beach Club in Zrce, Croatia- back then with the old bimini

We’ve installed 6 completely new AGM batteries that supply enough electricity to cover our typical power consumption for several days (even though we never let their power levels fall below 80%). Thanks to our inverter and remote monitoring system from Victron Energy, our electrical needs are met at all times. We’ve also installed solar cells with a total capacity of 1,100 watts – two solar panels on the davit and four more on the Bimini top – because we don’t want to be dependent on our two 30 HP Volvo motors (after all, it’s a sailing boat). Whenever the sun is hiding behind the clouds, our Silentwind wind generator produces lots of energy from up to 30 knots of wind speed. Thanks to our new additions, we’re now completely self-sufficient without relying on the motors.

A Wind generator and solar panel make us self-sufficient

The pièce de résistance is undoubtedly our new Aquatec desalination system, which can produce up to 180 l of desalinated water per hour – it’s so efficient that we only have to use it once every three days for just one hour. Due to the high energy demands, we only use the desalinator during motorised sailing, although it could also be powered by our wind and solar systems for a while. Thanks to our watermaker, there’s no limit to the showers we can enjoy and the dishes we can wash up. We usually refine the drinking water with our SodaStream carbonator to make mineral water and add syrup or pieces of ginger (the perfect remedy for seasickness).

The SY Staatenlos from below – Picture of our FyFish underwater drone

So, you could describe the SY Staatenlos as a fully self-sufficient catamaran. All we need is a few extra diesel reserves for manoeuvres and wind-free days – just in case we don’t have enough fuel in our 450 l tank, we carry 12 additional 20 l canisters. Our boat has a range of almost 1,000 km when fully fuelled, and the two Volvo Penta motors – each with an output of 30 HP – propel our catamaran through the waves at a top speed of 7.7 knots. We can hit higher speeds under sail. As we left the Strait of Gibraltar and headed towards the Atlantic, we’d already picked up a speed of 13 knots with a good wind behind us. The Volvo Penta motors are actually also brand new – with the 2006 ones getting broken during our voyage in the Canary Islands. Luckily, we found quick replacement there and have some improvements with basically the same motors, but newer technology.

Im Puerto Calero on Lanzarote – first marina after the crossing to Lanzarote from mainland Spain

You won’t exactly starve to death on our catamaran… We’ve stashed away enough food to last several months. As we’ve got lots of storage space, two large refrigerators and a freezer, we can carry fresh and perishable food on board for a few weeks. In addition to lots of fruit and vegetables, Christoph and Josh love a bit of dried meat and stocked up on over 10 kg of biltong in Mallorca. It goes without saying that we also have an on-board bar with a wide range of fancy drinks, such as Croatian Julischka, Mallorcan gin, Caribbean rum and much more… And there’s no shortage of fine wine and beer.

The SY Staatenlos is not exactly a “dry” boat

We usually cook on our gas stove but we also have an oven. The induction hotplate adds a bit of speed to our cooking when the catamaran is running on motor power (or using solar power on a lower heat setting). However, the centrepiece of our kitchen is our “Meateor” grill… Everyone wanted to throw Christoph’s clunky baby overboard at first, but it only took him a minute to win the heart of every crew member with his perfectly seared steak. With a top heat of 900°C, the grill makes light work of many other dishes, such as bread and pizza using special baking stones. It can be used safely – even in rough seas – and our gas consumption is much lower than with the gas stove because everything is cooked through in a jiffy. We also have fishing tackle and a spearfishing harpoon on board, but this equipment is hardly ever used due to Christoph’s fish and crustacean allergies.

Fat steaks, yummy burgers and even crunchy pizza gets done just perfect by our Meateor

Our sails

The standard features on our Lagoon 380 are a cruising mainsail and a Genoa made by North Sails, but we didn’t want to settle for standard… We’ve installed an additional bowsprit with a top-down furler, so that we can hoist another sail. We’ve also decided to upgrade our catamaran with two more sails from North Sails. One is a G0 upwind sail that gives the catamaran an impressive boost even in lighter winds. Our new downwind sail, a G2 gennaker from North Sails, is ideal for the trade winds encountered when crossing the Atlantic and sailing in the Caribbean. Both sails are designed in black and yellow (emphatically anarcho-capitalist colours) and feature “Taxation is Theft” in our usual lettering, which means the SY Staatenlos can be identified from afar when we’re cruising along bustling coastlines.

Lets go sailing – with good winds up tp 20kmh

Our rig has been examined by an independent surveyor and declared fit for our itineraries. We exchanged the old 2006 aged mainsail and genoa into brand new ones tailor-suited by a Croatian sailmaker. Although our catamaran has four possible sails, she can be comfortably steered by the skipper alone, but things are much easier with at least one additional crew member. We usually motor-sail with a full mainsail, which is reefed accordingly as the wind picks up speed. If the wind is right, we can also use the Genoa – and if we just want to float along the waves, we turn the motor off completely. But we’re not purists here – we’d rather motor-sail at 7 knots over long distances than sneak across the sea at 3.5 knots.

Penetration testing in the Velebit-Channel of Croatia with winds over 100kmh! We survived to tell the story.

Our gennaker sail is mainly used for lighter winds from behind, which you usually find on Atlantic routes. It’s kept in a waterproof bag on the bow, waiting to be quickly unfurled in the right wind conditions. Due to its size and relatively free flight, we only tend to use it during the day, as it can be dangerous at night and can hardly be kept under control by one person at night.

“Taxation is Theft” – that knows our gennaker as well

The downwind sail really tested our patience… After placing a wrong order and running into some delivery problems, we had to wait for over two months for the necessary bowsprit to arrive – and then we couldn’t find a suitable marina to install it. We’ve finally managed to get everything sorted in Lanzarote – and the downwind sail is now ready and waiting for its first taste of the breeze. This will let us sail much harder into the wind if we ever need to.

Reunion of Christoph with the SY Staatenlos in transit at Capo de Orlando in Sicily

Our equipment

Our decision to buy a catamaran – of all boats – was very much a conscious one, because one of the many advantages is the huge amount of space on board. In fact, we’ve got enough room for a wide range of amenities that make life on board a real treat. We’ve already described the fully electrical equipment in all four main cabins, two of which feature comfortable mattresses made by Flexima – we can even have sweet dreams in the stormiest of seas.

The cabins have very comfy matresses

All cabins also have their own plug socket, wardrobe and fans. We’re doing without an energy-guzzling air conditioning system at the moment, and heat and UV protection is provided by alternative pieces of equipment, such as our ventilation sail. After taking a refreshing dip in the ocean, we can wash off the salt water in the warm showers in the wet rooms and at the stern. Thanks to our watermaker, every passenger can have a nice shower every day.

That is how actually a watermaker for yachts looks like

A black, tailor-made Bimini top shields us against the forces of nature in the cockpit – come rain or shine (and the occasional storm), the cockpit is the centrepiece of the SY Staatenlos. When the weather is nice, we can completely remove and stow away the side walls of the Bimini top. When the sun is shining bright, we have a mesh that provides UV protection – and our waterproof sheeting provides shelter in cold, stormy and wet conditions. The captain’s vision isn’t impeded in any way, as the sheets are partly transparent, especially with the spray protection to the front. As the outdoor facilities are so good, we hardly ever use the saloon with its comfortable seating, but it provides lots of storage room and places to put things when cooking and doing other things.

The Bimini with sprayhood – here at Es Vedra in Ibiza

When the weather is good and the sea is calm, the front of ​​the catamaran is another popular area – there’s nothing nicer than lying on the trapeze and watching dolphins dart past on the surface of the water below. It’s a lovely place to spend a few hours with comfortable upholstery and tailor-made solar protection. We’ve even spent a few nights there at anchorages, where we’ve stretched out the relaxing hammock between the furling Genoa and mast and just drifted off to sleep.

Christoph at his favourite location for consulting calls

Dropping anchor is always such an event. As the SY Staatenlos is so practically self-sufficient, we tend to moor at lonely anchorages or lively beaches than at the ports of this world. This is much cheaper in the long term (you often have to pay 1.5 to 2 times more for a catamaran mooring space) and it’s also much more pleasant. It often takes hours to plough through all the formalities at marinas – and all you get in return is electricity and water that you don’t even need, disgusting sanitary facilities, noisy streets, neighbours and other boats that usually create unpleasant and dangerous floods.

Our 77 pound Ultra-Anker – finally calm sleep again

We’d rather just follow the slogan of our anchor manufacturer, UltraMarine: “Drop it, Set it, Forget it”. Thanks to our new electronic anchor winch and 80 m steel chain, the 35 kg UltraMarine anchor is set within a minute and has never let us down on any seabed. Its predecessor was completely different – a 30 kg iron-shaped anchor that caused us quite a few sleepless nights. I’d recommend the UltraMarine anchors to every boat owner out there. We also have extra snubbers to take some of the work off our anchor – and they’ve been working even better since we got new ones.

Anchoring in lonely bays – like here in Brac, Kroatien

We obviously don’t want to forget the Internet situation on board… After all, our sailing adventures shouldn’t be the death of – quite the opposite. After five years of non-stop travelling madness, the SY Staatenlos has given me much more time for my numerous projects. We came up with a few ideas to ensure a stable Internet connection. As most of our time is spent in coastal waters, we ensure fast and reliable connectivity with two state-of-the-art 5G routers (Huawei 6G CPE Pro 2), one of which is kept in a weatherproof box that is wired through the mast under the radar at a height of about 10 m. We’ve often had a stable Internet connection around 80 km away from all Spanish coasts. The router on the mast features a globally usable Google Fi SIM, which I’ve been using in my mobile phone since 2016. Google Fi might not be cheap, but it works in almost every country and saves us from clambering up the mast to swap the SIM. And what’s more, we sometimes have local Internet even dozens of miles before arriving in a new country. When I add together the separate tariffs for the WiFi and my mobile phone, I pay $ 120 a month for Google Fi, which gives me 22 GB of Internet per SIM. Whenever we use up 22 GB on a SIM, our surfing speed is reduced to 128 kbps, but we can purchase a speed booster for $ 10 per GB. And that’s what we usually do, even though we end up racking up an additional $ 500 to $ 1,000 a month when the Internet is used a lot by the crew. After all, these costs are quickly evened out. A cheaper alternative is to use our second router in the saloon, where we can insert local SIM cards depending on the country. In Montenegro, for example, you can buy a whopping 500 GB for only € 10! Whenever I have good network coverage, I obviously just use the Google Fi tariff on my phone.

Installing the Wifi Router at 10m height on the mast

On the high seas, however, even the best routers lose reception at some point. That’s why we’ve upgraded to satellite Internet and telecommunications, which are also more secure. There are various options with huge price differences. Whenever transatlantic yachts use satellite services, which isn’t always the case, they tend to go with an Iridium Go! terminal, which has an extremely limited range of uses. The hardware costs just under € 1,000 and the data flat rate costs € 140 a month – it’s cheap, but so is the data speed (6 kbps). You can’t surf the web freely either – you have to use a special app to read your emails, check the weather or make expensive phone calls. We had to come up with an alternative solution…

The SY Staatenlos in the travellift in Tribunj, Croatia – here everything started in late June

The technology and satellites are already there – they’re deployed on large freighters and cruise ships that have the space and money to install them. As we don’t tend to make many ocean crossings, we want to keep the acquisition and running costs low if we’re not using the terminal. At the same time, we want to be able to work productively with our mobile devices. That’s why we went with the Explorer 510 terminal, which uses the three orbiting Inmarsat satellites. As the terminal weighs only a few kilos and fits in a normal rucksack, it can even be used for other expeditions on land. The Inmarsat satellites cover the entire world except for the extreme polar regions, which we wouldn’t even dream of visiting in a small fibre-glass catamaran anyway. It’s so easy to use – you just have to switch it on, align it (under the open sky) and surf away. It also works really well at sea – as long as the ship stays on course and doesn’t sway too much.

A mobile office needs good communications

As Inmarsat satellites use BGAN transmission, you can expect a data rate of around 448 kbps, which is good enough for everyday business activities. The Explorer 510 terminal costs just under $ 2,000 to buy and you pay an advance flat rate of $ 756 to use satellite telecommunications, which is billed at 99 cents per minute. That means I can also provide you with a standard consultation session on the high seas for $ 100. Internet use is billed in stages depending on your data usage. It’s very expensive but not unaffordable – and the price drops sharply as your data volume increases. 1 GB costs just under $ 1,000 a month, while a data flat rate is “just” $ 4,000. From 30 GB at 448 kbps, your surfing speed can be reduced to 128 kbps. This is still a good investment for ocean crossings lasting several weeks, even if it means you can only work now and then. However, we shouldn’t forget the safety aspect and the morale of the crew – chatting with your family in the middle of the Atlantic or calling the emergency rescue team can be crucial. And the latest weather updates greatly reduce the travel time of the SY Staatenlos.

Life in the tax-free hammock requires internet to let it stay like that

As health and safety is one of our main concerns, the SY Staatenlos is equipped with a life raft and an EPIRB system for worldwide tracking in an emergency – even though this equipment is not a requirement for boats of her size. When we say “emergencies”, we’re only really talking about capsizing, because catamarans are practically unsinkable. However, even capsizing is extremely unlikely with larger blue-water catamarans – it would take a lot of bad luck in stormy seas with short waves of at least 10 m or utter carelessness when sailing in gusty conditions. Even then, you can stay in the hulls until you’re rescued – just upside down (every cabin has an emergency hatch, allowing you to escape downwards… or upwards)!

The Explorer 510 Satellite-Terminal (product picture)

As our boat is fitted with AIS, we can notify other boats about our own route and receive notifications from them. This also means our location can be viewed via common tracking websites, such as Vesselfinder and MarineTraffic. However, our Yellowbrick tracker is more precise and reliable, as it reveals our current satellite location, speed and more at freely selectable intervals (usually 1 hour for us). It’s much easier to handle than the BGAN terminal and can even send emails via the Iridium satellite network if necessary – with a significantly longer battery life. In addition to the AIS receiver and transmitter, we’ve also upgraded the mast with a new Raymarine Quantum Doppler radar, enabling us to detect foreign objects up to 45 km away and alerting us straight away if other ships come within our immediate radius. There’s nothing quite like a night watch – and it’s wonderfully relaxing to sail under the starry sky of the Atlantic. Our FLIR thermal imaging camera sheds light on even the darkest of nights and reliably detects objects within a 2 km radius – it can be a true lifeline, especially if someone falls overboard at night. But it should never even come to that, because we wear high-quality life jackets with harnesses fastened to the ship.

With the FLIR thermal camera navigation at night is easier in combination with the radar

Our Highfield dinghy isn’t exactly a toy; it’s slightly overpowered with a 20 HP motor but essential for our self-sufficiency. Attached to the davit at the stern of the ship, it connects us to the outside world when we drop anchor and has already hauled in tons of food, diesel and people.

Our dinghy after a shopping trip in Novalja, Croatia

It would also ensure our survival in the open ocean – but we can also use it for more fun things like water skiing.

Yes, we sail in the night. And with watching movies on the genoa, having nightwatch is never boring…

Our gadgets

We’re not going to lie – the SY Staatenlos is also a bit of a pleasure boat… As we sail around the world, we can explore countless beautiful bays and exciting cities. If we ever drop anchor and get bored, entertainment is only a few metres away, as a whole world of possibilities can be discovered in the water.

Just a little impression of our toys…

My favourite gadget is my Hoverstark Aquajet underwater scooter, which I’ve nicknamed “Manta” because of what it looks like. As it moves through its 3 gears, it hits a top speed of 10 kph and can plunge down to a depth of 30 m. I mainly use it for snorkelling – one battery charge lasts up to 2 hours and lets me easily cover distances that I’d never manage as a swimmer. If you like snorkelling, we have several full-face and normal masks on board.

Christoph in action with his “Manta”

If we ever want to explore the deep sea, our FyFish V6 underwater drone is a big help. Similar to a flying drone, our underwater drone is attached to a wire and can be moved flexibly through the ocean up to a depth of 100 m, allowing you to explore everything with a light and a good camera. During a penetration test in Croatia, we made it all the way down to the seabed at a depth of 80 m in the barren waters of the Adriatic Sea. We look forward to lots of new FyFish adventures in tropical waters with many reefs.

The FyFish V6 underwater drone

In addition to the underwater drone, we also have two flying drones on board, which take magnificent aerial photos of the SY Staatenlos. The first drone is a small DJI Mavic Air 2, and the second is a large Swellpro Splashdrone 2+, which can land on the water and take pictures at a depth of up to 30 cm. It can even fly and film safely in rain and strong winds.

Just another drone picture – here out of Zrmanja Canyon near Zadar, Croatia

If leisurely water sports are more your thing, we have an inflatable SUP board that has been used to explore many a cove and can also be used as a kayak. The pink flamingo ring has almost become the Staatenlos mascot – it’s the only place on board where smoking is allowed (tied in the water with a lead). It’s also a great place for us to hold our consultation sessions. A larger flamingo party island for 6 people is already waiting for its first users.

The pink flamingo – almost our mascot


Needless to say, we want our guests to be fully entertained on board, and this is usually ensured by our good Internet connection and power supply. We have a nice selection of board games, such as Catan, as well as chess, poker and a steadily growing collection of on-board literature. You can also pass the time watching films, YouTube videos or Netflix series on our Nebula Pro projector, which produces a clear image almost everywhere on board – we’ve even watched films on harbour walls and our Genoa sail when the wind is low. And if you’d rather knuckle down and get some work done, you have more than enough opportunities with our mobile printer / scanner, a professional radio microphone and your own devices.

A car load of toys just before starting our maiden voyage

Our crew

The only permanent crew member on board the SY Staatenlos is our skipper, Janosch, or “Josh” for short. Josh left Germany for good at the age of 18 and has been racking up nautical miles since 2012, when he sailed to the Caribbean via the Atlantic in a little steel boat. After living in Venezuela, Colombia and Panama for many years, Josh knows his way around the region between the San Blas Islands and Cartagena, where he operated charter boats and transport vessels on the usual backpacker route from Panama to Colombia.

Josh using the “Manta” recorded by our FyFish underwater drone

In 2019, Josh did an internship at in Medellín, Colombia, and I was instantly captivated by his passion for sailing. Less than a year later, after a brief meeting and two test charter weeks in Croatia, he was named the captain of the SY Staatenlos. Every minute you spend on board the catamaran with Josh, you can see how committed he is to looking after her – I really couldn’t ask for a better skipper. Josh is also an excellent chef when it comes to Asian cuisine – and he carries out pretty much all the repairs himself.

Josh drives the dinghy at Playa Genoveses in Almeria, Spain

The SY Staatenlos is owned by me, Christoph Heuermann. I’m the guy who founded and I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of exploring the world and its oceans – ever since I started devouring atlases and encyclopaedias as a little kid. From 2015 to the start of 2020, I travelled to 160 countries, including several faraway destinations that I could only reach by ship, such as Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands and even the Pitcairn Islands. My dream of visiting every country in the world by the age of 30 came to an abrupt halt in March 2020 following the outbreak of COVID-1984, but my ambitions have only been put on hold (not cancelled).

Christoph in his flamingo

I’ve always been drawn to the idea of sailing, but only with the comforts of an owner who can rely on his expert crew while he concentrates on dozens of other business projects. I’ve never been interested in being a regular crew member on other people’s boats – I even quit my first sailing course in Greece in June 2017. I’m all about getting my hands dirty on my own boat – and now I’m licensed to sail on the high seas and have thousands of nautical miles under my belt.

Christoph aboard baking Pizza

I’d only really thought about getting a multihull, partly because I’m a pretty lanky guy (2 metres), so the Lagoon 380 is the perfect first boat for me. It’s big enough for me to sail with all the modern comforts a young man needs, but small enough for me to buy at fairly short notice. I’m sure it won’t be my last boat – I’ve already set my sights on a larger and completely self-sufficient electric aluminium trimaran that will open up even the most remote polar regions – but until then I’ve still got a lot of nautical miles to cover on the SY Staatenlos.

The perfect new home – just escaping the lockdowns

In the long term, Christoph doesn’t want to spend the whole year on the SY Staatenlos, but around 4 months a year. But due to a lack of alternatives in the COVID-1984 period, he might have to spend more time on board. He’s more interested in exploring remote regions and islands that are almost impossible to reach by conventional means. But the catamaran isn’t just a tacky man-toy – she’s an investment in his future, as the vessel can be chartered out to his global community of online entrepreneurs and investors, who can explore the world with skipper Josh. Come and join us on board…

Josh with our crew during a visit of La Graciosa island in the Canaries, November 2020

The SY Staatenlos is also supported by various other crew members during her travels. We regularly advertise vacancies via popular online sailing groups, such as “Hand gegen Koje”, and their members can lend us a hand for a few days or weeks when necessary. This has even led to a few long-term friendships. However, we don’t accept applications for permanent crew members. In coastal waters, Josh and his girlfriend are perfectly capable of ensuring the safety and comfort of our guests on their own. After all, we want to provide our guests with as much space as possible!

Rarely we are alone aboard the SY Staatenlos – here in Brac, Kroatien

Our choice of flag

In addition to the anarcho-capitalist sails, the SY Staatenlos has a wide range of flags that symbolise our freedom. The black swastika on a red and yellow background doesn’t identify us as Nazis; it’s the national symbol of the Guna Yala culture that we admire so much (the San Blas Islands in Panama will be our Caribbean refuge during the hurricane season). In keeping with our sails, we usually fly a black and yellow Gadsden flag with a snake or a Jolly Roger flag with a skull. By the way, every cabin also features “Don’t Tread On Me” towels.

No, not a nazi symbol – but the flag of the Kuna Yala indigenous tribe at San Blas, Panama

In this section, however, we actually want to talk about our boat licence, and that’s where the symbolism of the numerous US flags comes in. The SY Staatenlos is registered in the US state of Delaware, but that’s not the only reason why we like the blue Delaware flag with the motto “Liberty and Independence” – it also has many other advantages.

Our flags sailing into the Novigrad Lake in Croatia

The Delaware flag isn’t particularly prestigious and can even cause problems when obtaining clearance in some countries, but it was the easiest and fastest solution for our schedule. After all, I can set up a Delaware LLC that owns the SY Staatenlos in just one day, and the streamlined registration process only takes 5 working days. You have to pay just under $ 800 for 3 years of boat registration, including an MMSI (call sign), and the paperwork is reduced to the bare minimum. In many other countries, the licensing process is much more complex and expensive. Delaware can sometimes cause a few unwanted issues, because it doesn’t have its own shipping register and some foreign authorities (rightly) refuse to recognise it as a state. However, we should also remember that there are no legal forms for the entire United States – each state has its own legal forms. In Delaware, boating licences are issued by the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, but this has never been an issue for us – not even in strict Europe.

Gadsden and Jolly Roger together – just the right thing for the SY Staatenlos

And why didn’t we want an EU flag, such as the extremely uncomplicated German one? The answer is fairly simple: VAT. No VAT has been paid on almost all older boats in Croatia, because the country only joined the European Union in the past decade. Whenever second-hand boats are purchased there, the buyer generally doesn’t have to pay VAT, but it depends whether VAT has ever been paid on the vessel in question. If no VAT has been paid on the boat, you have two options: You can either export the boat immediately after licensing, import it in the desired EU country and then pay VAT (Germany is even the best country at a rate of only 16%); or you can declare a “temporary importation in the EU”. If you choose the second option, a boat on which no VAT has been paid can stay in EU waters for up to 18 months under certain conditions; in our experience, the conditions are interpreted much more laxly than they’re stipulated in the law. During this period, no work is allowed on the ship and only the owner is allowed on board with his/her family, provided they officially reside outside the EU. This was at least the case with me (my place of residence is in Paraguay).

The beam knows who owns the boat

And since we were planning to take the SY Staatenlos out of the Mediterranean and the EU anyway, temporary importation was the only option for us. If a boat on which no VAT has been paid were to use an EU flag, the respective country would lay claim to the boat and demand the tax payment. We could change our flag to an EU country once we’ve reached the Canary Islands (with their own reduced VAT system), but we’re not thinking about doing that at the moment. After all, the clearance formalities are usually less stressful in non-European countries and Delaware registrations are quite common, especially in the Caribbean. And the founding myth of the United States is undoubtedly the closest fit for a ship like the SY Staatenlos.

Anchoring at the Tramuntana-coast of Mallorca

Our route so far

Under her previous owner, the SY Staatenlos was a charter catamaran off the coast of Croatia. She now covered 4,000 nautical miles through the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic over a six-month period. When we moored in Montenegro, our boat was fitted with a Yellowbrick satellite device, which means she can be tracked in hourly intervals.


Christoph regularly reports on the itinerary of the SY Staatenlos in English on his personal travel blog. Here are some links to the posts in chronological order:

bis Juli 5: Purchase, Export and Re-Import of the SY Staatenlos from Split to Tribunj

Juli 5-25: Upgrades and Repairs in Tribunj and Sibenik

Juli 25-27: Sibenik-Bisevo-Vis-Hvar-Lastovo:

Juli 27-August 1: Lastovo-Mljet-Korcula-Makarska-Brac-Trogir

August 1-6: Trogir-Kornati-Dugi Otok-Mali Losinj-Novalja

August 6- 9: Novalja-Rab-Velebit-Zrce

August 10-13: Zrce-Zrmanja Canyon-Vir-Zadar

Augus 13-24: Zadar-Sibenik-Dubrovnik (Aufrüstung)

August 24-29: Dubrovnik-Porto Montenegro

August 29-September 4: Porto Montenegro-Kotor-Budva-Porto Montenegro

September 4-17: Upgrades in Porto Montenegro

September 17-Oktober 8: Montenegro-Mallorca, Spain

Oktober 8-12: Palma-Fornells-Soller-Paguera-Palma:

Oktober 12-19: Palma-Ibiza-Formentera

Oktober 19-23: Formentera-Playa Genoveses-Almeria-Benalmadena

Oktober 23-29: Benalmadema Marina/Andalusien-Erkundung

Oktober 29-November 3: Benalmadema-Gibraltar-Graciosa/Lanzarote

November 3-18:Waiting for new motor in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote

November 18-30: Waiting for another new motor in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Delfine sind unsere ständigen Begleiter

Are you up for an adventure? Our next destinations

The SY Staatenlos has the potential to sail around the world – and that’s exactly what we want to do over the coming years. Take a look at the next destinations on our radar to find out when and where you might be able to sail with us:

November 2020: Canary Islands, Spain

December 2020: Gambia and Cape Verde

January 2021: Cape Verdes and crossing to Brazil

February to June 2021: Brazil exploration, then open to guests for charter in Angra dos Reis/Ilha Grande

June to July 2021: crossing from Brazil to Panama, exploration of Suriname / Guyana

July to November 2021: open to guests in Panama / Colombia

from November 2021: exploration of the Lesser and Greater Antilles

Sometimes we also explore the mainland – like here with a convertible car in Benalmadema, Andalusia

We’ll announce more details a few months in advance via the usual channels. You can only sail on the SY Staatenlos with skipper Josh. You can rent the whole boat or just one cabin. We’re mainly looking to offer on-board workations with various Staatenlos members. However, our boat is also the perfect setting for yoga retreats and specialist seminars in small groups.

To reach La Graciosa on the Canary Islands you best have your own boat

The Lagoon 380 has been approved for up to 11 people. There are two spacious double cabins amidships – and you can even use Christoph’s own larger cabin at the stern if he’s not on board. There are also two bunks at the bow, which can only be accessed via hatches; these are generally used as storage space but they can be turned into an additional sleeping area for one person. The table in the saloon can also be converted into a double bed. Of course, you’re more than welcome to sleep outside on the trapeze or under the Bimini top. In fact, you might even find this nicer – especially in hot weather. All our guests share two bathrooms and all the other equipment mentioned above.

Staatenlos Sailing waits for you!

If you’d like to see the SY Staatenlos in action, you’ll find all the latest news on our Telegram feed and Facebook group– and you can even subscribe to our newsletter. We’ll make the necessary announcements as soon as you can join us on board.