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Old 20-09-2013, 13:53   #1
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Boat sitting.

We are a professional couple looking at the opportunity to boat sit down south. We have time in the winter. 2013/14.

I am a real estate agent in the Toronto area. My wife trains horses.
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Old 20-09-2013, 14:11   #2
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Re: Boat sitting.

Brrrrr, "shiver me timbers"... sitting in a boat in Toronto through the winter.
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Old 20-09-2013, 14:21   #3
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Re: Boat sitting.

LOL..definitely needed to "edit" the post , as we will NOT be sitting a boat in Toronto NOR anywhere else freezing LOL..
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Old 20-09-2013, 14:49   #4
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Re: Boat sitting.

I'm just wondering why a boat need to be sat? Is it not ok on it's own?
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Old 20-09-2013, 15:15   #5
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Re: Boat sitting.

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I'm just wondering why a boat need to be sat? Is it not ok on it's own?
Honestly...no idea BUT I have read and heard so much in regards to owners needing sailboats/ looked after that a friend recommended I post this....so I will remain positive.. .I can repair pretty much anything, and would even consider swapping my home for the same amount of time ( or more) to gain experience living within the boating community...so if the opportunity presents itself, then we are there....so Mr Celestialsailor...if you ever are in ear shot of an opportunity then by all means contact me...
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Old 20-09-2013, 16:08   #6
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Re: Boat sitting.

Thanx for clarifying. I think the only time a person might want a caretaker would be if the vessel was at anchor in a questionable area. May I suggest a sailing course, then charter a little.
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Old 20-09-2013, 17:03   #7
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Gordo, Long term boat sitting is uncommon. Usually if a boat is laid up for the off season then it is being looked after by the boat yard or marina where it is kept. And normally laid up boats are not in an especially habitable state (water tanks emptied, bedding bagged and stowed, boat covered w tarps....). Sometimes cruisers will look after each others boats for a short period of time...for example the owner needs to be gone for a few days, but for longer periods the boat is typically laid up (prepared for long term non use).

If you wanted to help defray some expenses, like slip fees for example, then someone might be interested in that, but most I expect will still want an experienced boater aboard who at least knows proper usage of boat systems.

House sitting is far more common. I can think of half a dozen friends doing that right now just here in Panama. No special skills required, just normal upkeep while the owner is away. I think pursuing this option is much more likely to be fruitful for you.

I also know people who "resort sit"...manage a resort/B&B/lodge while the owners take a break...usually during the off season.
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