This is actually the first time I "launch" such a big number of replies to a post!
First of all, yes... I should have been more "commited" in spending more time around CF and should have been more involved in chatting with all of you. After all, Cruising and all that has something even remotely related to it is what I want to do, so... Point taken!
And for that (not being around that much) I really cannot say anything on my behalf... job, wife, kids
, lack of boat, lack of time is really not an excuse when you are aiming for something. I know.
Nevertheless, I am really glad that I've shared my "frustration" with this, because not only you guys (and gals ) have given me direct feedback, mentioning all the "doubts and fears" that a skipper
looking for unkown crew is facing... but you have also made some serious crewing
proposals, which I am really greatfull for!
Thank you all for the enlightment as well.
So, going back to the first coment on this post, I will take "Captain Obvious" advice and post my "CV", expectations, intentions and what I am hoping to get from this. Hope it doesn´t get too boring from this line down...
I started sailing (dinghies) when I was young and loved it. I owned a few boats but never actually did any racing
. I was out alone all the time and apart from the initial sailing lessons
, I basically taught myself how to "tame the damn thing" up to a point where I could have it rigged, sail... and come back to shore in one piece! I also crewed up on some longer passages in very big boats (from Oporto to Azores
A few years later, and only because of legal
requirements, I took the portuguese "boat licence" that actually alowed me to "steer" both motor
and sailboats up to 7mts in lenght. All my boating
then was made in motorboats (RIBS), since I was then "hooked" on freediving and spearfishing, which meant that from that moment on, I never set foot on a sailboat for years!
Five years ago I went to live in Brasil, hired a 6mt sailboat for one day with the wife... and kept coming back again and again, bringing those initial "sailing dreams" back to life. I took another sailing course and ended up having the brazilian "coastal licence" but, again, just theoretical knowledge that although gave me the licence... did not give me any practical ability! (unlike Portugal
, licences in brasil are purely theoretical and ZERO practice is required).
So here I am... I have 2 "official" licences, theoretical knowledge that was never put to much use, own tuition dinghy
sailing (if at all relevant... I never sank a boat! Well... almost). I intend to buy myself a "proper" small yacht and make some coastal cruising until I have enough ocean miles and knowledge to venture myself further offshore
. Ultimate goal (I tend to have a fixed target) is being able to make it to the Azores
islands and back! But since they are right in the middle of the Atlantic... i figure I have a LONG learning
process before I can get there. After that I would really love to steer a course to high latitudes, but that is only on the "wish thinking" level right now.
(I am only 40, so I guess I still have the time ).
I am currently living in the Czech Republic and sailing here is...well... "limited" to say the least. I do intend to have my boat moored in Germany/Italy/Poland/Croatia or even the Netherlands
, as I can drive there (not a cheap
ride, but not soooo far away. I´ve done it before a couple of times). I could have it moored here and sail it on the weekends, but that would mean sailing in the lake... and that's not what I need.
I do work for a living, wife, 2 kids
(no dog) which means that it is not always easy to find the appropriate time window to crew-up, but I do have a semi/flexible schedule, will make my best effort to make it possible and will reply promptly to any cruising proposal)
Like I said, I speak Portuguese/English/Spanish, acceptable French and basic Czech.
I understand that cruising is not that cheap
and I am perfectly fine in contributing to reasonable expenses. I cook rather well. I don't have "electronic gadgets" that follow me everywhere. I don't need to text the wife every day and I have nothing against rain. I have good sense of humor
but I am a low profile guy. I have been spearfishing "compulsively" for more than 20 year, so I may be able to provide some fish
while close to shore. Or you can let me take my "tuna" speargun with me....and just drag me behind the sailboat as bait if you're fed up with my questions
Now what I expect from it...
To learn! From keeping watch to dropping the anchor
properly. Oh! and the handling in between, preferably in all kinds of weather
conditions, if you don't mind.
Now seriously, I need to learn the ropes in real cruising and I am -for sure- not hoping for a sunny day cruising in the greek islands
(although I could definitely learn from it as well).
Thank you all for reviewing this "application", and to suggest any changes!