March 3, 2022

Sponsorship M&J Sailing



VETUS MAXWELL has signed a new sponsorship deal with one of the world’s most popular sailing YouTubers, MJ Sailing.

The complete marine systems specialist is backing 39-year-olds Matt and Jessica Johnson by supplying a full range of products to support the couple’s ambitious project to build a custom 42-foot Max Cruise Marine catamaran from the ground up.

The U.S social media stars have logged over 35,000 miles at sea in the last decade on their former boats, amassing a huge following with thousands tuning in for their well-presented and informative YouTube videos and blogs. Fans are kept entertained with regular episodes which bring to life MJ’s various adventures and challenges, from ocean crossings, to discovering far-flung beaches, to dealing with the practicalities of life onboard, to exploring the Arctic on a remodelled aluminium vessel.

Even before they began the current construction of the catamaran, Matt and Jessica selected VETUS as their first choice as a one-stop shop for durable, high-quality equipment after experiencing first-hand the benefits of the company’s hatches previously.

The new sponsorship agreement is a significant boost for their build plans and will ensure the couple can select from a range of essential VETUS products such as compact electric toilets, portholes, hatches, windlasses and freshwater system components to fully equip and prepare their boat for continued sailing to the far reaches of the globe.

MJ will feature the various VETUS equipment in their YouTube videos, covering the installations through to the products’ performance, functionality, durability and usability over the coming years.

Jessica said: “This official partnership with a reputable brand like VETUS is huge for MJ Sailing, for our catamaran build, and for our future sailing plans. Basically, anything we can think of in the name of boat parts, VETUS carries. They have a catalog of items which could easily be mistaken for a phone book, it’s just that full. Matt and I had the chance to visit their headquarters in Maryland, and it was like putting a couple of kids inside a candy store. Expect to see them a lot in our upcoming videos, and make sure to give them a look for any of your boating needs.”

Matt added: “Everything made by VETUS is of the highest quality and most importantly it’s built to last. Because this is such a big project for us, we must have confidence in our materials and equipment, which we have learned the hard way from past experiences.  For example, our last boat which we also sailed around the world in, was fitted with hatches made by various manufacturers but most of them leaked. However, the hatches made by VETUS didn’t, so we get total peace of mind with VETUS as our go-to manufacturer for long-term cruising.”

MJ Sailing are building the lightweight catamaran, which is so far unnamed, in a small marina just outside Annapolis, Maryland. It is their fourth vessel, with previous boats including a 1983 Trisalu 37 called Elements of Life and a 1989 Sabre 34 Targa called Serendipity.

The childhood sweethearts, and their cat Georgie, have completed numerous sailing expeditions which they actively cover on social media, with 169K followers currently on YouTube. They started out in sailing as a hobby in 2008, leaving their jobs for a new life exploring the world onboard.

Chris DeBoy, President of VETUS MAXWELL U.S., said: “We were really excited when MJ got in touch with us and explained the great experience they have had with VETUS products. They told us about their plans and how important it was for them to source equipment that will provide years of reliability. The partnership will allow us to provide a range of items for this fantastic catamaran project, while giving Matt and Jessica access to exceptional sales and customer service wherever they are in the world when they need it. In turn, the MJ platform will provide excellent exposure for the VETUS brand and enable us to reach more potential customers, spreading the word to their followers about VETUS’s innovative and easy to use product portfolio. We are thrilled to partner with MJ Sailing.”

Follow Matt and Jessica’s journey across social media and see the latest video about their VETUS MAXWELL partnership here.  See all MJ Sailing videos at MJ Sailing – YouTube.


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Founded in 1964, VETUS sets the global standard in the design and manufacturing of complete onboard boat systems—including engines, generators, bow thrusters and control panels—for recreational and small commercial vessels. VETUS prides itself on innovation and engineers the majority of its 4,000+ product lineup in-house. The company’s commitment to quality, reliability, and delivering a superior customer experience has earned the trust of boaters, yacht builders, and marine training establishments all over the world.

VETUS has its headquarters in the Netherlands, with subsidiaries in 17 other countries and an unparalleled worldwide distribution and service network.

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