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Old 19-09-2011, 06:43   #16
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Re: Crew for Thought

I love taking newbies daysailing. Longer cruises are totally different.
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Old 19-09-2011, 07:13   #17
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Not only time, and effort, but it cost to provision, wear & tear, and repair anything broken..........i2f
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Old 19-09-2011, 07:21   #18
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I have daysailing many times although I am cautious. There are people looking for a get rich quick opportunity and your insurance is a good target. I have never taken anyone I was leery of but would get some sort of a liability waiver if I was concerned. We are a litigious society and people like free money for a stubbed toe or what have you.SC
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Re: Crew for Thought

I always like it when after a 4-6 hour daysail, I pull into the slip and while tying off watch my "guest" walking down the finger to the gate as I mutter under my breath..."thanks alot". Then the usual 2 hours putting the boat back together.
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Old 19-09-2011, 08:14   #20
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Huh....lots of stuff to think about. Maybe ill make another post with the ideas I got. Thanx
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Old 19-09-2011, 09:21   #21
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Re: Crew for Thought

I will agree with what is being said on coastal/harbour vs. open water crewing opportunities.

The first factor is that there are relatively few boats making big trips. SOme of the boats are crewed by owners who do not want nor need extra crew. The second will be the fact that 'first things first' and someone with zero offshore experience/skills will be of little use to the skipper.

Thus advice to all rookies looking for offshore miles: build your sailing C.V. - sail small craft (easy to hire, build or share), then some bigger craft (easy to get into e.g. club racing), then go on a couple of offshore club races/cruises before you ask for a ride in somebody else's boat on a long offshore trip.

In my own case, I sailed an Opti when I was a small kid, I went seriously offshore when I was 35. 30 years span ... Not to say that going for the big thing up first is wrong. Not at all. But it is not always realistic.

All those who do not find their place onboard must remember that many small boats cross the waters every year. If you think you are a big shot and want to try the real thing here and now - buy yourself a small boat and go! Your life, your boat, your risk and your reward!

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Re: Crew for Thought

if the soul with zero offshore experience has good skills--electricity, diesel, woodwork, there is a berth for em... as long as they wanna come to mazatlan for a bit... then points south into panama canal and east from there.....bu tit isnt a free ride.....
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Old 19-09-2011, 09:49   #23
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I love taking newbies daysailing. Longer cruises are totally different.
Me too...I'll pretty much take anyone on daysails...I just like turning people on to sailing.
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I could make it to Mazatlan ...depending on cost and I most likely need a passport so that could take a day or three
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Not only time, and effort, but it cost to provision, wear & tear, and repair anything broken..........i2f
Sorry about that stanchion, i2f! (blushing.....)

I do own my own boat, but most of my experience has been daysailing on Galveston Bay and a few years sailing my old 22' on some inland lakes here in Texas. My wife and I plan to sail to the Bahamas, and maybe go up the east coast for hurricane seasons. I needed some experience, so was happy to crew aboard i2f's cat, when he offered that I go along, from NE Florida to Cartagena, Colombia.

I had zero offshore experience.

Some of what I learned, and experiences, while aboard -

ICW navigation experience
VHF communications with bridges and Coast Guard
Sailing offshore at night (something that I had to face, a bit of fear)
Actual navigation, not just reading about how to do it.
Storm - Squall experience.
Anchoring
Collision Avoidance - as in...not getting run down by the big boys out there!
Making port from offshore
Clearing in, in a foreign country

Thanks for the experience, i2f!

As mentioned also, some crewing in offshore regattas could be useful. I did (crewed) the Harvest Moon Regatta last year. 150 miles from Galveston to Port Aransas.
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Im from sandiego but I been in indiana for a few wks visiting family. I also found a boat im buying on lake erie next wk. But im afraid she will be stuck all winter till I get some exp to move her to the keys and beyond. I could be anywhere for the right situation ..as for "selling" my self, i got loads of personality...a musician and enough stories to keep anyone occupied for crossing or two...lol I was mainly wandering if ppl actually did take green horns on cause I understand the time and effort put into it

Where on the lake is your new boat? We sail out of Lorain, if you are close to there.
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Its just east of Cleveland. But k gota figure out how I can store her for the winter. Like a cheap used bubbler or something. How far is Lorraine from there?
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We are about 40 miles west, if you are near fairport harbor, I have a friend with marina connections there, he may be able to help point you towards winter storage. I would not recommend a bubbler- the lake freezes solid!! Haulout and dry land storage is not that bad - usually 5-600$
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Old 19-09-2011, 13:38   #29
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I was just browsing the crews wanted/available and I seen tons of crew avalible no exp willing to learn ect. I've also talked to many a sailer on the forum and they all tell me the same thing.....crew on someone elses boat. My point is how many of you out there have honestly took someone on and taught them the basics? I tried answering a few ads and I have a leg up on most cause I can navigate and many more skills I've picked up yet no replys. So it makes me curious as to how many of you actually take on greenhorns....just curious,

I have. Why not? It's not that hard to do.
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personally, i would rather someone who dosent know which end of a winch handle to grab but is eager and willing to learn with a great personality than someone with experience who is either a dead fish, know it all, or confused about who is the captain.

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