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Old 12-02-2014, 12:41   #31
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Re: What to look out for when crewing on someones yacht over blue seas??

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Listen to MarkJ. Not to mention Malaysia is known for it's issues with piracy. The whole situation seems funky. There will be other opportunities down the way.
if you listen to everything you hear you will probably never go cruising,april is considered safe in the s indian ocean,how ever in the north indian ocean, april is the onset of the sw monsoon ,and cyclone season.

leaving early with a good forecast,(these days 14 days gives a fairly good prediction) would not be un prudent with an experinced navigator.........

mark seems to have not looked at all the perameters of the voyage
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Old 12-02-2014, 13:09   #32
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Re: What to look out for when crewing on someones yacht over blue seas??

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if you listen to everything you hear you will probably never go cruising,april is considered safe in the s indian ocean,how ever in the north indian ocean, april is the onset of the sw monsoon ,and cyclone season.

leaving early with a good forecast,(these days 14 days gives a fairly good prediction) would not be un prudent with an experinced navigator.........

mark seems to have not looked at all the perameters of the voyage
Yes they are leaving in early march. Read the posts.

With NO access to weather on route.

Is that your idea of seamanship?

Do you even know where Canarvon is?

Do you know March is the most prolific month for cyclones in Western Australia?

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Re: What to look out for when crewing on someones yacht over blue seas??

It was his bill to start with.

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Old 12-02-2014, 13:15   #34
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Re: What to look out for when crewing on someones yacht over blue seas??

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if you listen to everything you hear you will probably never go cruising..
Concur with Atoll. What comes to personalities, after you get used to the boat you'll be singlehanded most of your watches anyway...
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Old 12-02-2014, 13:32   #35
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You pays yer money and takes yer chances..
Had crew I got on great with.. had crew I tolerated.. had 1 owner I hated..
A thought... its not the guy who got run out of NZ is it..
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Old 12-02-2014, 14:02   #36
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Re: What to look out for when crewing on someones yacht over blue seas??

I haven't a clue if this guy or his boat are ready, but I'll throw in my two cents anyway. You're asking people here if they think he's ready and if this will work. To me, the fact that you're asking tells me you have reservations. Now maybe those are just cold feet at taking a radical departure from whatever your current life is, or maybe it's that something about this just doesn't feel right to you.

I say, trust your instincts.
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Old 12-02-2014, 14:42   #37
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Re: What to look out for when crewing on someones yacht over blue seas??

Hadn't considered the planned departure date, but early March?

> canarvon is more or less all ready in the tropics,with a good 7 day forecast the chances of running into a cyclone are minimal.


You are at risk until you pass through the Sunda Strait. That's 2/3 of the way through the planned route. Don't know the boat, but he apparently reckons on a 3 week trip so about two weeks exposure?
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Re: What to look out for when crewing on someones yacht over blue seas??

Decided to take a look at the type of boat in question . First hit on google was the boat.

"Isis," a 38ft Ingrid Ketch, is now for sale: Call 045573**** | Sail Boats | Gumtree Australia Carnarvon Area - Brockman | 1034022178

Listed 12 Dec 2013: For sale for AUD60,000 Negotiable
"Family and financial concerns force my return to the United States. This puts me in the category of a "motivated" seller. All serious offers will be considered."

I'd definitely be concerned about the condition of the boat for an ocean crossing.
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I'd definitely be concerned about the condition of the boat for an ocean crossing.
Based on what????
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Re: What to look out for when crewing on someones yacht over blue seas??

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Yes they are leaving in early march. Read the posts.

With NO access to weather on route.

Is that your idea of seamanship?

Do you even know where Canarvon is?

Do you know March is the most prolific month for cyclones in Western Australia?

mark not sure if you have ever done a trans equitorial route in the indian ocean,i'm on number 7 now,most of them done in march /april/may as this is the transition season.

with the NW monsoon starting in early april in the north western indian ocean,march is the right time to leave the west coast of australia if heading for malaysia.

the incidence of cyclones are prevalent till april in the S indian ocean,but will mainly track close inshore on the NW COAST OFAUSTRALIA,leaving most of the area north with light to moderate se winds in march/april.

so basically please check your facts before questioning those that have actuaLLY SAILED THESE ROUTES
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Re: What to look out for when crewing on someones yacht over blue seas??

with the NW monsoon starting in early april in the north western indian ocean,march is the right time to leave the west coast of australia if heading for malaysia.

correction" north eastern indian ocean",ie ache, sumatra
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Nobody has said don't follow your dreams. They've only said don't fall for a potential scam. There's a difference between charging ahead and charging ahead with your head up your rectum. Everyone is just trying to say cover your bases.
I know many people think riding a motorcycle in traffic is suicidal. I have been known to ride sans helmet just to feel the breeze.
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Re: What to look out for when crewing on someones yacht over blue seas??

You are getting some great advice here from seasoned sailors (which I guess I am) and several familiar with the waters and weather (which I am not). As a former delivery skipper, I would never take on a crew member without a thorough background check, face to face interview and several references. Even so, I still got burned on one delivery by a guy who forgot or lost his meds (high functioning bi-polar). The advice you get from boatman 61, Markj and Atoll is solid but you need to make up your own mind. At a minimum, a face to face sitdown prior to the voyage and checkout of the vessel would be the go IMO... Phil
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I know many people think riding a motorcycle in traffic is suicidal. I have been known to ride sans helmet just to feel the breeze.
And your point is.......????? I've done the same thing but I knew all the risks before I got on the bike. My point is do your homework and dont be reckless. Know what you are getting into and dont jump in blind. Just because I rode helmeteless doesn't mean I rode at 100mph and like a A-hole. I rode normally and paid attention to my surroundings. I knew I could crash and had a higher risk of injury with no helmet but I did not ride in a rain storm with wet leaves on the ground at 2 am after leaving the bar. My risks were calculated and thought out. The op has not yet done his homework.

Now if he does go and get in trouble without being prepared people would rip him apart for being reckless just like the alpha 42 or bounty. Living life doesn't mean flying blind. You CAN have an adventure AND live life without being stupid and complacent.
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Re: What to look out for when crewing on someones yacht over blue seas??

I'll chip in with those who caution extreme care.

I've attached a copy of today's MSL chart for Asia to this post.

Point I'd make is even if there is no cyclone those low pressure areas are big and there is a lot of rough weather in them.
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