HI Deb Bill and Cody ,David 63 yrs old in South Africa
,Cape town to be precise.I have read with interest your planned trip and it really seems a great opportunity to revisit some places that i fell in love with on my last trip from Panama to Los Angeles aboard a 44ft Swan .
The fact that you cover the daily expenses is a huge plus for me as our rate of exchange on the SA rand gets worse by the day making it hugely expensive to embark on a cost sharing trip.
My experience has been on my own 36 ft dean catamaran
which i sadly had to sell as it was not able to pay for itself as envisaged due to the vagaries of the Cape of Storms.
I have also done a transatlantic crossing as crew [total 3]to the BVI's via Forteleza on a 40 ft Catamaran
I am physically fit running 4km a day,a non smoker and love skin diving
and bodyboarding as well as fishing
which just has to be part of any boat trip that i go on .Fresh fish
onboard cannot be beaten and on my trip into the Sea of Cortez
last time we hooked a large yellowfin tuna as well as smaller fish
for the pan.I grew up in a small fishing
village called KALK BAY where I had my own dinghy
at the age of 14 rowing up to ten miles into the bay to support the family
with catches of fish.
I am hard working and very easy going and just absolutely love being at sea .That is most definitely where i am the happiest.
I have a British Passport as well as a South African one and spent a total of 2 years cleaning
boat hulls in CA at Dana point
.I actually have the CA record
the most boats in a day and that is 23 in number.I was there first in 1985 and spoke to my ex boss,one of 6 that i worked for 22 years after and he said that he knows of no one inc himself that has got anywhere near that figure.[inc himself at a fig of 16]I was called the ANIMAL.
I am single
never have been married and have no dependants as such .I attended the University of Cape town
and studied social work
for three years but did not complete my degree due to a very poor outlook as far as salaries were concerned for the profession.It was however a great time of learning
and self insight and gave me a problem solving approach to life.
I have since 1994 made a living from buying
and selling joblots of goods from auctions via my CC .The time has come for me to be up and off again before it gets too late to do so.
I used to have a Schipperke called Danny Boy as a child and was watching some footage taken by my father in 1953 of him scampering wildly across the dunes and along the beach just days ago .it sure brought back some sweet memories and reminded me of how life flies by and is gone all too soon .
As far as mechanical knowledge is concerned it is pretty basic but then i would imagine that no engine
overhauls at sea will be neccessary.Changing oils and regular checks for belt tensions and keeping the boat ship shape in all regards ,cooking [my speciality is fish]might be some of the duties I would be expected to perform.
Well take care and happy cruising ,with kind regards from David.ps i am on skype at davey.dave1 in Cape Town