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Old 08-02-2015, 00:36   #1
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I have been looking for bigger water sail boats for the past five years'ish.
I found one in Fiji, and it turns out he would like to bring it to the PNW, and that is my location. We have been emailing for the past couple of weeks, and he seems like a "normal" guy who needs to get back to work. I told him I don't have big water experience, but he is willing to have me aboard. This is a dream come true for me, but most of my friends think I'm crazy because I don't know him.
I look at it as, there are no guarantees once you are out there. I can't imagine
a better way to get experience. He has asked for my credentials and even though they are minimal he's OK with it. What should I ask him in the way of credentials, without stepping on any toes? So my friends will feel more at ease.
I have been sailing most of my life, just not the big water. I have dreamed of it forever. I raised my kids, myself. Have worked in the boating industry for the past 10 years as a sparky,20 before that in residential. I want to go have some fun!
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Old 08-02-2015, 03:35   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Elizabeth.

Ask him if he'd mind if you deposited a copy of his passport with a trusted friend. If he's reluctant, don't go.
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Old 08-02-2015, 09:06   #3
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Re: "To Sleep Perchance To Dream" WS

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I have been looking for bigger water sail boats for the past five years'ish.
I found one in Fiji, and it turns out he would like to bring it to the PNW, and that is my location. We have been emailing for the past couple of weeks, and he seems like a "normal" guy who needs to get back to work. I told him I don't have big water experience, but he is willing to have me aboard. This is a dream come true for me, but most of my friends think I'm crazy because I don't know him.
I look at it as, there are no guarantees once you are out there. I can't imagine
a better way to get experience. He has asked for my credentials and even though they are minimal he's OK with it. What should I ask him in the way of credentials, without stepping on any toes? So my friends will feel more at ease.
I have been sailing most of my life, just not the big water. I have dreamed of it forever. I raised my kids, myself. Have worked in the boating industry for the past 10 years as a sparky,20 before that in residential. I want to go have some fun!
Howdy!

Gord made a great suggestion.

Fiji to PNW is a long voyage.

If I were in your shoes, I would ask to see recent photos of the boat, exterior and interior. I have seen some derelicts (boats and owners) that would not be the best choice or my choice for a long voyage together.

I would want to see a photo of the skipper too.

If the skipper is reluctant to show photos, I would wonder why.

And I would ask about the boats safety equipment. Does it have a EPIRB? Life raft? Watermaker?

If the boat does not have an EPIRB, I would buy one or PLB registered to me etc.

Any time you crew for someone on a long offshore voyage, you are trusting the skipper with your life.

If the skipper seems reluctant to share this info, I would move on. There are other boats on which you could crew.

Good luck with your decision and sailing on the big water.
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Welcome to the forum. If it were I, my interest and his should be on the boat and not combining both buying and gaining sea time. I would fly to Fiji to inspect the boat, hire a surveyor in Fiji and if it is what you want, put a 15% deposit into an escrow account with time and condition stipulations.
Twice now, I have seen a woman get onboard to buy a boat, end up in a relationship with the seller and in less than a year end up apart, boatless and out some cash.
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OP--you need to make this clear--are buying a boat from him or running away with him?
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