my name's David.
As I've just joined the group, as my first post, this is me . . . .
Born by the sea in Liverpool, England
, I was on my dad's boat before I could walk.
Most weekends in summer, the family
sailed along the English
or Welsh coasts. Sun or rain, we enjoyed it all the same.
I'm now 60 & still love the sea as much; it's always been a part of my life.
In 1995 I started teaching dinghy
sailing professionally (having gained RYA dinghy
instructor, RYA powerboat licence etc).
8 hours a day, 6 days a week, 6 months a year for most of the following 8 years I was teaching in English
, French & Spanish on Hobie Cats & lasers; in Asia
& the Caribbean
My spare time was spent on dive boats, dhonis, yachts, 60ft cats.
RYA coastal skipper
papers followed, as did experience on a range of yachts & passages. Much of the Med, UK waters, trans-Atlantic, trans-Mediterranean, Malaysia
, bits of the Caribbean
What did I enjoy? - Cruising with friends, crewing
with strangers, delivery
runs (eg Tunisia
; round Italy
; coastal Australia). To me sailing is about people and places.
My skills? I'm told I am reliable, responsible, organised and thorough. I speak English, French, some Spanish, some German: and have found a smile works in any other language. I enjoy plotting courses. I can get along with most anyone. I only sleep 4 hours at night (which makes me popular for night watches!) I'm tidy on a boat, cook (as well as most Englishmen!) & am a bit of a handyman. I seem to be able to fix most things.
For example, some things I've fixed during last 12 months (4 different boats):
- replaced/repaired masthead lights
- stripped & repaired freshwater pumps
- stripped anchor winch
- refitted stanchions
- replaced head gasket
off 100hp engine
- repaired split exhaust elbow
(7NM out at sea, it broke & gassed skipper!)
- removed / reseated portholes & hatches
- deep-cleaned areas extensively
- replaced interior
lights with SMDs (latest LED lights)
- repaired davits
- fitted new davits
- repaired inflatable
- worked on outboards
- misc plumbing
- misc electrical
- stripped down & - repainted exterior woodwork (five coats)
- updated DVD
/ TV system
- cleaned hull
- unblocked raw water
- changed raw water
- new belts on engine
I'm good with computers
and most modern technology. Non-smoker. Wine drinker (in moderation and not when navigating), don't do drugs, don't gamble, no criminal or police record
in any country.
English passport, international medical insurance
, up to date vaccinations, clean driving licence.
I've been divorced for a l-o-n-g time: "permanent close friends" seem to work best for me. I'm not "desperately seeking a Ms Right" (and certainly not a "Ms Right for the Weekend"!) Travelling alone is OK, but I've found it's usually more interesting, more rewarding and more fun to share the experience with a like-minded person on the same wavelength (a.k.a. "soul mate", in Europe
My bad points? "English" humour, a back with a 50kg limit, a love of German music
(thank goodness for headphones!)
(hope that's not too long a post!)