Sailing La Vagabonde with the family while staying at Frying Pan Tower

To access this Airbnb, you must be winched into a bosun’s chair. Would you stay there? Scratch that… would you stay there with kids?

That’s exactly what Australian couple Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu – who go by online monika Sailing La Vagabonde – did with their two sons Lenny and Darwin.

” What are we doing ? Elayna, 28, asked as she abseiled back to the accommodation.

“Holy shit, I’m all for it, like having kids and not letting that change your lifestyle, and having them fit in with you, but those are issues where I draw the line.”

The couple had been navigate the world for eight years on their sailboat La Vagabond (hence their corporate name), and had amassed a series of 1.7 million subscribers on YouTube where they shared videos of their family adventures.

Frying Pan Tower
Sailing YouTubers Sailing La Vagabonde stayed at Frying Pan Tower.
YouTube/Sailing La Vagabonde

Their latest video, shared on October 18, put the AirBnB in the spotlight.

Located off the coast of North Carolina, the property, called Frying Pan Tower, was an oil rig in the middle of the ocean. who came with a price tag of $1550 a night.

Riley, 38, didn’t really talk to Elayna about accessing the property before they arrived.

“I love you baby,” Riley shouted from above as Elayna rode with Darwin. “I hate you right now,” she yelled back.

A pool table, a unicycle and an infinity pool

Riley was working overseas and says the accommodation was a very familiar environment for him.

The AirBnB, which coupled with a search facility, was decorated – it had a pool table, a unicycle, random memorabilia like a ‘Cast Away’ volleyball, an infinity pool, and a large kitchen. It had a total of eight bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Frying Pan Tower
Frying Pan Tower is a former oil rig.
YouTube/Sailing La Vagabonde

“It’s not five star, but I prefer places like this,” Riley said.

Richard, the owner of the AirBnB, explained how the property was his “childhood treehouse in great shape.” He then turned it into a place where people could learn about marine life.

While there, they shot fireworks, had a bonfire, and snorkeled and spearfished in the open sea.

The couple had amassed a large social following by sharing their epic adventures around the world. They funded their adventures with ad money from YouTube and crowdfunding platform Patreon.

Watch the full video of their stay here.

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