Sailing La Vagabonde couple stay in America’s most dangerous Airbnb


An Australian couple have stayed at America’s most dangerous Airbnb for three nights with their two young sons, showing fans of their adventures how you can book it too.

Riley Whitelum, 37, and Elayna Carausu, 28, have developed a combined following of more than 1.74million subscribers on YouTube while documenting their life sailing around the world aboard a luxury yacht with their two young children. 

On October 18 they shared a video titled ‘Three nights at America’s most dangerous Airbnb’ which saw them call the $1,550-a-night Frying Pan Tower located off the coast of North Carolina home.

The family had to be clipped into a Bosun’s Chair to be hoisted 41 metres into the air to even access the front door of their Airbnb, which is primarily used by mariners in the Atlantic Ocean and for environmental research.

It takes two hours on a small boat to get to the site and minimal luggage and equipment can be brought on board. 

Riley Whitelum, 37, and Elayna Carausu, 28, have developed a combined following of more than 1.74million subscribers on YouTube while documenting their life sailing around the world aboard a luxury yacht with their two young children

WHAT IS THERE TO DO? 

What is there to do at Frying Pan Tower?

Outdoor Activities:

Fishing from the wrap around 70’ walkways,

Skeet shoot biodegradable clays or explode binary targets with a rifle, boom!

Challenge your tossing skills with some high wind corn hole.

When waves allow, snorkel or scuba dive the 50’ deep protected reef under the tower.

Test your golf swing with biodegradable golf balls,

Or, relax around the helipad wood burning firepit and experience a nighttime display of fireworks

Indoor Activities:

Enjoy your fresh catch of the day with family-style dining

Play pool on the original 1964 Brunswick pool table

Throw darts or test your barroom hook n ring skill

Play any number of games, cards with or without an associated friendly wager

Listen to your choice of music, watch sports or your favorite movie with our high speed internet access

Elayna strapped their youngest child, Darwin, to her chest while sitting in the chair, while Riley was charged with Lenny.

The bottom of the accommodation, which is effectively a rig, has a number of sharks circling and large barracuda. 

‘It’s not five star but I prefer places like this,’ Riley said in the video. 

There are eight bedrooms for guests to stay in and two bathrooms, with Elayna commenting that she was shocked by how many materials they’ve managed to get inside – given it’s in the middle of the ocean.

‘The owner, Richard, has pretty much left us to our own devices since we got here,’ she said.

On October 18 they shared a video titled 'Three nights at America's most dangerous Airbnb' which saw them call the Frying Pan Tower located off the coast of North Carolina home

On October 18 they shared a video titled ‘Three nights at America’s most dangerous Airbnb’ which saw them call the Frying Pan Tower located off the coast of North Carolina home

The family had to be clipped into a Bosun's Chair to be hoisted 41 metres into the air to even access the front door of their Airbnb, which is primarily used by mariners in the Atlantic Ocean and for environmental research

The family had to be clipped into a Bosun’s Chair to be hoisted 41 metres into the air to even access the front door of their Airbnb, which is primarily used by mariners in the Atlantic Ocean and for environmental research

The family lit fireworks on the top deck and had a bonfire, before spending their days snorkeling and spearfishing in the 50 feet of ocean below the rig.

Riley and Elayna’s journey so far hasn’t always been without dangers though: from a ‘nightmare’ encounter with pirates while sailing close to the Galapagos Islands to catching a deadly virus and being dragged out to sea by another boat.

And then, of course, there’s the heated arguments that are part and parcel of life at sea.

Elanya admits that living in such close quarters isn’t easy and tension can quickly build: ‘In the past, we’ve argued and we really can’t stand to look at each other. The boat is so small there’s literally nowhere to go!’

In 2017 Riley and Elayna took possession of the $900,000 catamaran they now call home, after striking a deal with French firm Outremer.

The bottom of the accommodation, which is effectively a rig, has a number of sharks circling and large barracuda

The bottom of the accommodation, which is effectively a rig, has a number of sharks circling and large barracuda

While it's not five star accommodation it's certainly made to be an experience

While it’s not five star accommodation it’s certainly made to be an experience

They used the money they earn from their YouTube advertising – which can be anything up to $4,000 per clip – and partly the sale of their old boat which was originally purchased outright, to pay for the boat at a discounted rate.

Their enterprise is supported through crowdfunding platform Patreon, with fans pledging anywhere from $1 to $100 per month if they like what they see.

Elayna maintains their YouTube subscribers aren’t funding a lavish lifestyle – which has seen them circumnavigate destinations such as Martinique, St Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, French Polynesia, Cape Verde, Europe and more.

The money pledged by fans is funnelled into boat maintenance and new filming equipment to continue producing high quality footage while also giving them enough cash to get by.

The money pledged by fans is funnelled into boat maintenance and new filming equipment to continue producing high quality footage while also giving them enough cash to get by

The money pledged by fans is funnelled into boat maintenance and new filming equipment to continue producing high quality footage while also giving them enough cash to get by

They source as much food as they can from the waters beneath them.

Former scuba diving instructor Elayna, from Geraldton, Western Australia, grew up either in or on the water and even learned to sail during her school years.

But when it comes to being the skipper of a large vessel, neither Riley nor Elayna had any experience before they took to the oceans, having to learn the ropes as they went along.

The pair, who met on the Greek island Ios, while Riley was sailing La Vagabonde single-handedly and Elayna was playing music for a travel company, say they’ve since enjoyed a whirlwind ride.

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