Hello, I am a single
40 year old male (I look 36
). I am looking for passage
to South Africa
to get home to Cape Town
. I can meet anywhere in Europe
with enough notice. I am currently in Roma, but may be heading to Prague soon. I am looking for a working passage
or even a paying passage. I have been away from the water
too long, and need to get the wind
on my back. I've always wanted to sail the coast from top to bottom, so I want to make my dream come true.
I would love to work
for passage, but I can also pay if you're reasonable.
Physically fit (I am a former Ironman Triathlete). I don't smoke or do drugs, but I do like a glass of wine with dinner. I love to cook, and can make some great Italian and Hungarian dishes. I do not drink while underway, unless it's under the suggestion of the captain
at dinner etc etc.. I have two years of sailing experience on craft 60ft and less. I am eager to learn more of the finer points of navigation
. I have a background in map reading and topography, so I can do basic charting. I have an IT and radio
background. So communication and navigation
systems are like second nature to me as well. I can work
around most maintenance
. I have experience with wood and fiberglass repairs
and can do most things on diesel engine
systems. I'm not an expert, but I can fix basic things.
I am dependable, and responsible. I don't complain, I don't quit, and I am very flexible. I am a survivor. I roll with the bad and celebrate the good. I am an optimist but a realist and a problem solver. I handle stress very well I have been told. I have been a lifeguard, a paramedic, and a water
survival instructor in my past life. :-) I can swim better than a fish
. I am also a Padi Scuba
instructor. I am a jack of many trades, but a master of only a couple of them :-) I can be depended on. I will take my responsibility aboard your craft very seriously as if it was my own vessel. I don't steal and I don't lie. I get the job done and every job I have had except one (I didn't like working at the movie
theater when I was a kid, so I was always eating snacks from the counter and got fired) but every other job I have ever had, people ask me to stay or return.
I have a bicycle that I would want to put it on the boat
for this passage. It is a fully loaded mountain bike, but folds and can be disassembled to take up less space.
If you read this post and you know of someone going this way, please refer them to this one...I would appreciate it. I have a feeling I will be looking for this ride for a while, so don't forget about me.
Also, I am thinking about going to Gibralter, and trying to hitch a ride at a Marina near there. Is that feasible? What about bribing a commercial
sailor on a bigger ship? Passage for work on a commercial
ship? I don't know I am just asking, so don't flame me if this is crazy talk. Any positive input would be welcome.