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Old 10-09-2015, 08:51   #1
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Florida to Bahamas and beyond if weather permits

Seeking one person to crew starting approximately October 10th for up to 6 weeks (home for Thanksgiving, Admirals orders). Can meet at Stuart, Port Everglades or? Will cross to Bimini when weather window permits. Then will be moving across the banks to head south through Exumas to Long Island, if weather permits I want to cross from Turks and Caicos to Dominican Republic and then Puerto Rico. This is not a pleasure cruise. If the weather allows we will move up to 50nm each day. Will day sail only except where passage demands night sail to have good light for arrival. I will provide food and drink aboard. I will require safety harness and tethers at night. Also daytime when you are alone for a watch at my discretion.
Boat is a light air coastal cruiser, 2008 Gemini 105MC. I do not have radar or AIS at this time. I use Navionics on my tablet with paper chart backup. I have EPIRB plus one personal epirb, a Delorme Satellite text/SOS. I will have my wheel pilot repaired in Stuart but you should assume hand steer only. Over reliance on autopilot is inexpedient in the land of skinny water hazards.
I have crewed offshore in winds up to 45kts 13' seas, skippered in 35kt winds offshore with 8-10 short choppies in this boat crossing the gulf. Single handed across the Big Bend of Florida last January in this boat.
I wont over sell my experience, as you deserve to make an informed decision to put your life in another's hands. Show me the same respect in your resume. You must be prepared to sit and read a book for days if the weather does not satisfy me.
I do not care about your age, gender, race, or religious inclinations. I do care about your fitness (I will share my info), and your experience. There are several "bail out" points from which you can get a flight out should you choose.
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Old 10-09-2015, 12:17   #2
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Re: Florida to Bahamas and beyond if weather permits

Hi there, My name is Stephanie and I am 30 years old and a novice sailor. I am looking to expand my sailing experience and it looks like your trip would be just that.. an exceptional learning experience. Would you need someone to join you for the full 6 weeks? I am looking for a 1-2 week gig. Let me know what you think! Thank you!
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Old 10-09-2015, 12:48   #3
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Thank you for your interest. The problem with a short window like 1-2 weeks is that you might spend the entire time in reading on the boat in Florida while we wait for a weather window to open. I will have a difficult time finding suitable crew for the duration but it can be much more difficult to coordinate multiple travel schedules f crew on/off the boat.
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No problem! Thanks for letting me know. If your schedule changes let me know and it sounds like a fabulous trip! Have a wonderful time!! - Steph
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Re: Florida to Bahamas and beyond if weather permits

Hi, my name is Kate katescharters@yahoo.com 56 female. Former liveaboard. Many trips Fl to Mexico. Once from Fl to Nova Scotia 400 miles offshore. I may suit this trip. Thanks, Kate
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Re: Florida to Bahamas and beyond if weather permits

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Richinlife, and Kate.
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Boat is a light air coastal cruiser, 2008 Gemini 105MC. I do not have radar or AIS at this time. I use Navionics on my tablet with paper chart backup. I have EPIRB plus one personal epirb, a Delorme Satellite text/SOS.
No radar, ais, offshore in a 32' cat with 15' beam.....
You have a death wish.
The boat has crossed the Atlantic in the hands of a very experienced person who said on arrival, he would never do it again.
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Sounds fun Mr. Rich... Don't let the naysayers ruin your day...
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No radar, ais, offshore in a 32' cat with 15' beam.....
You have a death wish.
The boat has crossed the Atlantic in the hands of a very experienced person who said on arrival, he would never do it again.
a little over dramatic I think. You can do this run in a 15 foot runabout given the right conditions. 32 foot sailboat would have no issues and nobody would have to die. Relax
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No radar,no ais, 32ft cat = death wish. !!!!!!!!!!
What a dumb comment !!!!
Been there,done that. Old 32 ft wooden boat,no experience ,only a transistor radio and a sextant. Found Barbados just fine after 21 days at sea.
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No radar, ais, offshore in a 32' cat with 15' beam.....
You have a death wish.
The boat has crossed the Atlantic in the hands of a very experienced person who said on arrival, he would never do it again.
Wow,,,

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Seeking one person to crew starting approximately October 10th for up to 6 weeks (home for Thanksgiving, Admirals orders). Can meet at Stuart, Port Everglades or? Will cross to Bimini when weather window permits. Then will be moving across the banks to head south through Exumas to Long Island, if weather permits I want to cross from Turks and Caicos to Dominican Republic and then Puerto Rico. This is not a pleasure cruise. If the weather allows we will move up to 50nm each day. Will day sail only except where passage demands night sail to have good light for arrival. I will provide food and drink aboard. I will require safety harness and tethers at night. Also daytime when you are alone for a watch at my discretion.
Boat is a light air coastal cruiser, 2008 Gemini 105MC. I do not have radar or AIS at this time. I use Navionics on my tablet with paper chart backup. I have EPIRB plus one personal epirb, a Delorme Satellite text/SOS. I will have my wheel pilot repaired in Stuart but you should assume hand steer only. Over reliance on autopilot is inexpedient in the land of skinny water hazards.
I have crewed offshore in winds up to 45kts 13' seas, skippered in 35kt winds offshore with 8-10 short choppies in this boat crossing the gulf. Single handed across the Big Bend of Florida last January in this boat.
I wont over sell my experience, as you deserve to make an informed decision to put your life in another's hands. Show me the same respect in your resume. You must be prepared to sit and read a book for days if the weather does not satisfy me.
I do not care about your age, gender, race, or religious inclinations. I do care about your fitness (I will share my info), and your experience. There are several "bail out" points from which you can get a flight out should you choose.
I looked up your boat and have found a video on youtube that is an interview with a delivery captain. I encourage you to google this and never worry about it again. You are fine with that boat. Make sure you have the necessary groundtackle and go
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Re: Florida to Bahamas and beyond if weather permits

I have made that trip many times in three different boats ranging from 32' to 41'. Also have owned and sailed a Gemini. You will be fine as long as you are diligent about waiting for a good weather window for the Gulf Stream crossing which it sounds like you will be. I have been in that crossing in a very strong Norther and I can assure you it is NOT where you want to be.

Have fun and enjoy!
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Re: Florida to Bahamas and beyond if weather permits

greetings, I am leaving Delaware mid oct, sailing to ft Lauderdale, wonderin where from there, I have 10,000 miles sailing experience, tho, I describe meself as the best 3rd hand for the third mate, easy as the nite sky, 302 260 2901
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Ahoy Richinlife,
Pretty sure I was in the same weather as you in Gulf last Jan/Feb 2014 but much farther south in a 30 ft. wing keel. Not the best time I ever had, but we made it across. Question: Do the swing keels on your boat add any sig. ballast,,, lower cg or are they meant primarily to help point/ control leeway ? How does she handle in a following sea? Also, I looked up a few versions on Boatporn (my wife's expression) / Yachtworld and one claimed that the roach of the main sail extended aft of the back stays. Is that right? Do you need to ease the stay to come about/jibe? or was that a setup unique to his boat ?
But, if so, if an accidental jibe occurs while running, is the boom hung up on the back stay? Looks like a cool boat to me,, but am curious about these things. Cheers, Pappy
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