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Old 21-01-2019, 10:45   #1
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A New Twist I Think

I'm an experienced blue water sailor, unfortunately a widower, healthy, and 72 - although I feel, and believe act, much younger. My boat (Scorpius, custom sloop cutter, 41' LOD, and pretty well completely fitted out for blue water cruising) and I are Canadian and located in Desolation Sound just north of Vancouver, BC.

I'd REALLY like to sail the South Pacific perhaps as far as Australia and New Zealand but realize time is running out.

So here's the proposal: Is there a younger (under 60), healthy, adventurous couple out there who would like to sail with me for a maximum of five years after which I will GIVE them my beloved Scorpius and move on to a less strenuous lifestyle. The plan would be to sail down the west coast to Quito, Equador, then out to the Galapagos, then across the Pacific. I would teach you as we go - so no initial experience required.

The arrangements would be documented in a formal, enforceable contract and I expect we'd both post performance bonds to encourage follow through.

I recognize just how important personal "chemistry" in such adventures is and so would propose we spend next summer exploring the beautiful PNW as a trial. If it works out we'll take it from there.

I realize this is pretty unorthodox but perhaps there's a game couple out there somewhere. Take care.
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Marcia and I were going to become full time cruisers in the next 2 years. We are currently full time campers circumnavigating the U.S.A. We are in Texas now and will be going to Alaska for this summer. We are very interested in talking with you about this offer.
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Hello, I realize that this is an old post but are you still looking for a crew to do this?

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Interesting opportunity, what is your boat worth as far as a monetary value?
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This is a fantastic post! (if only there were more like this)

your proposal seems to be a very fair one and a smart one

i do hope you find the right couple to sail with you and make your dreams come true.

Please give us an update, let us know how things are working out.

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Heck of an idea and good on you for looking for alternative ways to continue your adventures!
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Interesting opportunity, what is your boat worth as far as a monetary value?

Sorry, I'm not interested in a single guy nor someone who is more interested in the value of the boat than the adventure.
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Sorry, I'm not interested in a single guy nor someone who is more interested in the value of the boat than the adventure.
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Thank you!
My concern was what do to with my beloved Scorpius when I could no longer sail or maintain her. I'd hate to see her rust and rot away in some backwater marina or boatyard after something happens to me that would force me to leave her. There are just so many boats on the market now that selling her would probably be a long project for which I doubt I will have the time or wherewithal when the time comes. Beside Scorpius in Jack's Boat Yard in Lund, BC is a gorgeous, fully bluewater equipped steel Amazon which, because of the owner's age and health status, has been for sale for well over five years (and can be had for $45,000US) and is deteriorating as she sits. Very sad, and I hope to avoid it with Scorpius.



Good luck with your dreams and I sincerely urge you to follow them despite the detractors and naysayers so common in this world.


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This is a fantastic post! (if only there were more like this)

your proposal seems to be a very fair one and a smart one

i do hope you find the right couple to sail with you and make your dreams come true.

Please give us an update, let us know how things are working out.

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That is a very cool idea. However, if you're looking for someone more concerned with the adventure rather than the boat, why not just look for couple crew to cruise with? Surprise them when it is time and gift them the boat.
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That is a very cool idea. However, if you're looking for someone more concerned with the adventure rather than the boat, why not just look for couple crew to cruise with? Surprise them when it is time and gift them the boat.



That's a possibility - although if someone is expecting to cruise for a finite time (such as the five years) then return shoreside, I could be stuck somewhere with the boat and the inability to operate or maintain her. No, I think I'm looking for someone who wants to cruise as a lifestyle.
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Scorpious, I applaud your plan and admire your ability to plan for the future that looms for all of us older cruisers. Chapeau! And good luck in carrying out the plan, too.

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Marcia and I were going to become full time cruisers in the next 2 years. We are currently full time campers circumnavigating the U.S.A. We are in Texas now and will be going to Alaska for this summer. We are very interested in talking with you about this offer.

Dave and Marcia: I sent you a Private Message in response. Did you get it? Hopefully you did or will. I look forward to hearing back from you.
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Re: A New Twist I Think

great idea,but in reality 5 years is a long time to share your home with people who effectively have a stake in your well being,property and expectations.
perhaps this would suit a more elderly couple than a younger couple.

perhaps also read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_the_Sea_Will_Tell
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