Hi All - I retired last month and just finished two weeks of classes
in the Canary Islands. I now have my RYA Day Skipper
and Coastal Skipper
certificates. Looking for advice on my plans.
First some background on me. 59 yr old male, good health
, career was computer programming and building / managing software
development teams. I have about 20 days of sailing with some casual racing
on SF Bay
, in addition to the past 18 days liveaboard
in the Canary Islands. I am a US citizen currently living in Munich Germany
I plan to spend the next 6 months (maybe longer ) as volunteer crew to get experience sailing (and helping maintain ) various boats. I want to learn all I can about sailing, liveaboard
, maintaining and buying
Then looking to buy. Currently thinking of a cat in the 36 to 42 ft range. Maybe 5 to 10 yrs old. I like some of the FPs (like the Mahe 36
and the Lipari). But this could change as I learn more.
Planning on being full - time liveaboard , staying where it is warm. Maybe start in the Caribbean
unless the boat I buy is somewhere else.
I am single
so I will be looking for one or more crew when the time comes.
I will be meeting my (adult ) kids
in the Greek islands
mid August and then moving somewhere.
- where should I go to be best able to find crewing
opportunities? I can fly somewhere to crew but would like to keep expenses down.
- What are the best "crew wanted " boards?
- Anyone know of a crewing
opportunity on a cat in the next few months?
I am very excited to be starting the next chapter in my life!
Thanks in advance for your advice!
Starting my cruising life NOW :-)