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Old 09-07-2008, 02:00   #1
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Delivery Crew or Sailors w/o Boat needed

What a great forum! Tonnes of great info and friendly advice...

While I love sailing, I have minimal sailing experience; but am considering purchasing a boat from the UK and ideally would like to sail back to Cdn Westcoast... okok... kinda crazy, I know!

but oh boy... it would be my thrill of a lifetime!

I have two options;
1) ship it (B.O.R.I.N.G!) - but safe, OR
2) see if I can gather an experienced crew (including a skipper to make up for my shortcomings) who might be interested in a trans-atlantic journey, thru the Panama Canal, and up Western Coast to BC (Canada)

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Thanks for reading!

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Old 09-07-2008, 02:10   #2
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Welcome!.....Nothing crazy about that....and I like the name!

best of Luck!

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Old 09-07-2008, 02:24   #3
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Old 09-07-2008, 03:57   #4
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Stargazer, you probably should give a little more information. What boat are you buying and how is it equipped for blue water cruising. When will it be available. Are you planning on being on the boat the whole passage. If you are going to be along, probably should give a little more information about yourself.

You might also want to consider breaking the trip up into smaller segment. First leg would be to Portugal. Then a passage to the Canary Islands (about 5 or 6 days). I liked the Canaries a lot. Next up would be either the Verdes or the crossing to the Antilles. Here you can easily get a crew for Panama or stay around in the Caribe for a while. You should have enough experience by now to complete the rest of the trip.

So the long answer to a short question is that it is very doable and a great experience. Give us more details. I may have some interest.
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If the boat is transportable vis land you may want to cross through the lower lats to Barbados. Come up the island chain and the east coast of the US. Hit the Erie Canal to the Lakes and ship from Deluth or somewhere nearbt to Seattle. The slog up the west coast is not fun. You can cruise "Downhill" a few years later wit the other NW snowbirds to Mexico.
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With sterling where it is viz a viz the dollar wouldn't you be better off buying on the left side of the pond?
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Old 11-07-2008, 00:36   #7
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Hi Again!

Thanks for the great pointers and good wishes (with a dose of reality checking

but it turns out the potential purchase is a little too good to be true, and since my spidey senses are tingling - I'll forego it. However... a trans-atlantic voyage will be in my future - perhaps building up to it will be a better option.

In the meantime, I'm searching for a good boat here in North America... may have crew will travel!
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Hi from Canim Lake, BC.

I think we have simmular ideas and problems.
I just found a nice boat in Hawaii, but build in France:

There is a 9.5 % Duty and 7% PST and 5% Gst on this boat to bring it in to Canada.
I guess I better wait until a good boat comes up in BC.

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Hi Rudy,

yes... unfortunately duty and taxes has forced me to face reality... but buying local isn't toooo much of a hardship.

In Vancouver, a boat and slip is similar to the chicken and egg question... which do you get first? well, I've lucked out and found a slip! so now, I'm looking at a few boats...

I've narrowed down to a C&C 27, Mark V (inboard volvo diesel)
a 29' Ranger (diesel - but high hours... like over 5000!)
and possibly a 28' Sabre

similar equipment in terms of sails/hardware... the c&c has an excellent array of electronics, though

similar (size-wise) yet so different! anyone with some input?

local cruising, mostly protected waters thru the Westcoast Gulf Islands, down to the San Juan Islands and up the coast to Desolation Sound... fairly new to sailing, earned my CYA Basic, with Coastal Nav to follow this fall... so really want to build up the experience and hours.

daysailing, with some weekends - longest will be approx 10 days with 1 or 2 other people... no racing, but speedy cruising...

I'll let you know when I'm set... soon it will be "have boat, need crew"


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