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Old 04-03-2005, 19:11   #1
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Wanted - Funiculi Funicula

I'm looking for non-paid crew members to help me sit, and sail my 1993 Alubat Ovni 47 (a 47' aluminum hulled, aft cockpit cutter-rigged sloop) around the Caribbean, and eventually around the world. The boat and I are currently in Spanish Water, Curacao. I don’t have a timetable, or an itinerary, but I am thinking about sailing to Cartegena soon.

My boat, Funiculi Funicula is a great boat with many important safety features that make her compliant with all US safety regulations. She measures 47’ LOA, with a 15.5’ beam, and draws only 3’ with the hydraulically raised centerboard up (6.5’ with the centerboard down). She has a full compliment of sails. She has roller furling head sails. She boasts a 72 hp turbo dieselYanmar, an auxiliary diesel generator, a wind generator, solar panels, and a tow generator; all can charge a primary and backup bank of batteries. She is wheel steered with direct linkage (not cables) to twin rudders. An electric Autohelm ST7000 autopilot is connected directly to the steering linkage. In addition, she has a self-powered wind vane, and an emergency tiller (hopefully never to be used). She is configured to carry up to 125 gals of potable water (she also has a 25 gal/hour watermaker), and 220 gals of diesel. I carry a ship mounted GPS, and VHF, along with handheld backups for each. Fun Fun also has two SSB radios, and a radar. For safety and emergency equipment the boat has sturdy two tier lifelines, full boat length jacklines, lifejackets and harnesses, an inflatable dinghy with outboard motor, a six person auto-inflatable liferaft, and a registered EPIRB. For comfort the boat has two cabins along with two bunks in the V berth. The galley has a two burner stove, oven, and cold plate refrigeration. The boat also has a marine head along with fresh-hot water showers available.

Smokers, drug-users, boozers and sailors who experience incapacitatiing sea sickness need not respond.

I have sailed on and off through much of my adult life. My previous boat was a 28’ MacGregor that I owned and sailed from Ventura, CA to and around the Channel Islands. I have sailed in various capacities on various boats around the world including around the San Juan islands in the Puget Sound, WA area, the Galapagos islands, Marlbourgh Sounds, New Zealand, the Cyclades island, Greece, and the BVIs. I have skippered Funiculi Funicula from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Charleston, SC (open ocean), to Washington, D.C. (open ocean), to Puerto Rico (open ocean), to Venezuela via the eastern Caribbean island chain. In October, 2002 I crewed aboard S/V Anita Kay (42’ ketch) from NYC to St. Thomas, USVI (open ocean). I am a 39 year old heterosexual male, 18 year veteran Naval Reserve Aviator (I flew C-130s, P-3s, and currently fly the C-9). I am currently employed by Delta Air Lines as an MD-88 First Officer.

Interested people will fall into one of two categories. The first category may be more interested in me and if responding should include a photo. The second category is more interested in the boat and should include a photo and sailing resume.

If you are interested please then email me at
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