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Old 27-12-2018, 10:25   #1
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Fort Lauderdale to Virgin Islands Jan

Hello all, I am relocating to the Caribbean and am seeking 2 crew for the delivery down. I intend to take the I-65 route on the first available favorable wx window preferably early January.

The vessel is a 43í 1985 Beneteau Idylle. She was re-rigged 1 year ago, engine rebuilt last year as well. I have a 1y/o offshore life raft, an Epirb, and a garmin InReach for unlimited text messages, and on which I will arrange for wx updates. I run with jack lines, and require crew clipped in on deck. This is my family home so Iíve made a great bit of effort to ensure she is sound and seaworthy(ie: throughhulls, keelbolts, chainplates replaced).

Iíve been a licensed motoryacht captain for 14 years, but it has been a while since I made any significant offshore sailing trips. That said, I have around 6k nm of ocean sailing from past deliveries on boats from 30í-45í. I am 38 and have two small children and am not interested in taking undue risks.

I need two crew to assist. One ideally would have some experience under sail, the second can be a bit more green. Iíd request that both have at least been to sea and are aware if they are vulnerable to incapacitating sea-sickness.
Obviously personality comes into it, I prefer a good mix of laid back and adventurous!

I can provide travel, provisions, port fees etc. a bonus for the right crew could be negotiated.

Anyone interested?

Geoff.
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Hmm, tempting but it can rough passage.
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Old 27-12-2018, 11:42   #3
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Thank you Csy man! Iíve read Van Sant and Virgintinos guides through and through, and have done the route under power a few times. I prefer to offshore with a delivery crew and fly my wife and kids to St Thomas as I only have 4 months available and rather not spend a significant portion of that time rehashing the Bahamas, T&C, DR and PR. We are really eager to spend our time making our way down the Leewards!
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Hi Geoff!

Yes, I'm interested. PM sent.
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Thank you Csy man! Iíve read Van Sant and Virgintinos guides through and through, and have done the route under power a few times. I prefer to offshore with a delivery crew and fly my wife and kids to St Thomas as I only have 4 months available and rather not spend a significant portion of that time rehashing the Bahamas, T&C, DR and PR. We are really eager to spend our time making our way down the Leewards!
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Hi all, processing replyís and battling toddlers but will get back to everyone in the am. Thanks for the replies!
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I would be very interested, will PM you.
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If you have not done so already, read Tor Pinney's prescription. That's the way I'd go. Google to find it.

FLORIDA TO THE CARIBBEAN - THE DELIVERY SKIPPERS' ROUTE
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I want to go too but have to leave Jan 2. If we bring enough fuel to get above St. T and sail in.
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I've sailed boats from east coast ports to the islands a number of times, but darn if I know what the "I-65" is: could someone enlighten me, please?
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I've sailed boats from east coast ports to the islands a number of times, but darn if I know what the "I-65" is: could someone enlighten me, please?
The 65th meridian (65W). A route that involves sailing/motoring East from Florida above the trades and then South on 65W. (see the Tor Pinney discussion above)
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Ha. We are doing exactly the same , leaving Monday from Ft lauderdale heading to Tortola. weather looking favorable at the moment. This is the second time we have done I65
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Hobiehobie, I just spoke with Chris Parker and he was recommending getting n of Abacos, leaving on the 2nd ish. Looks like you are right on track!
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I would be interested, sailed a 42 foot morgan from Md. to Keys and sail local charters here in Florida. Licensed 100 ton captain.
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Hello all, I am relocating to the Caribbean and am seeking 2 crew for the delivery down. I intend to take the I-65 route on the first available favorable wx window preferably early January.

The vessel is a 43í 1985 Beneteau Idylle. She was re-rigged 1 year ago, engine rebuilt last year as well. I have a 1y/o offshore life raft, an Epirb, and a garmin InReach for unlimited text messages, and on which I will arrange for wx updates. I run with jack lines, and require crew clipped in on deck. This is my family home so Iíve made a great bit of effort to ensure she is sound and seaworthy(ie: throughhulls, keelbolts, chainplates replaced).

Iíve been a licensed motoryacht captain for 14 years, but it has been a while since I made any significant offshore sailing trips. That said, I have around 6k nm of ocean sailing from past deliveries on boats from 30í-45í. I am 38 and have two small children and am not interested in taking undue risks.

I need two crew to assist. One ideally would have some experience under sail, the second can be a bit more green. Iíd request that both have at least been to sea and are aware if they are vulnerable to incapacitating sea-sickness.
Obviously personality comes into it, I prefer a good mix of laid back and adventurous!

I can provide travel, provisions, port fees etc. a bonus for the right crew could be negotiated.

Anyone interested?

Geoff.
Hi Geoff
I’m interested - based in Edinburgh, I have Day Skipper and I’m halfway through Yachtmaster Coastal. Would my location be a problem?

Thanks
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