I'm an easygoing 35 year old looking to gain more experience offshore
, add to my coastal sailing time, and learn more of the ins and outs of working on sailboats before joining the ranks of liveaboard
cruisers myself. In terms of my sailing experience I sailed on the Great Lakes
as a teen, and currently sail around Georgia
. I have my ASA
101 & 103 and have done some coastal cruising as well as crewed on the ICW
, in addition to a good bit of lake sailing. I also have a bit of offshore
experience, though not a lot. I've sailed on both mono and multihulls and I'm competent with boat
handling on both.
I'd love to crew for you on any trips or passages, and I'm equally happy to spend time helping with whatever boatwork or maintenance
you may need a hand with as well. I'm able to steer a course and take a watch as needed. I'm also reasonably handy, able to follow directions well, and don't mind slogging away at brightwork or the like. I'm also a quick learner, so you'll rarely have to show me something twice (other than possibly knots but I've at least got my bowline and clove hitch down.)
As for other useful skills, I worked my way through school
as an EMT in the rural mountains and an Emergency
Room tech in an inner city trauma center, so I have fairly extensive medical
experience, much of it in places where doctors aren't 10 minutes and a phone
call away. I'm currently back in school
for my AEMT (prereq to Paramedic now). So, I can handle most any medical
issues that may come up, from insect bites to IVs, or sprains to suturing, and I'm always happy to share my knowledge and teach if you want to learn.
As for a bit more about me, I'm a writer/editor and photographer. I've done quite a bit of travel so I've learned to get along pretty well with most people and I aim to get through life with a philosophy of 'live and let live', so unless you're Captain
Bligh's evil stepmother we'll probably get along fine.
I'm a non-smoker, am not prone to seasickness (though I keep scopalamine patches on hand to be safe), and steer well clear of illicit substances. I'm also not a big drinker, so if you prefer to keep a dry ship it's not a problem for me. I have my own weather
gear and PFD/harness.
My long term plan is a boat
cruising, but since I'm not there yet I'm eager to build my skills and learn from those who know the things I don't. I'm pretty well read when it comes to sailing and cruising, but I know well enough that there's a big difference between well-read and experienced, so I'd like to gain the experience.
My schedule is generally open and I always keep a current
passport, so short notice usually isn't a problem. I live northeast of Atlanta but I'm willing to travel to meet the boat throughout the southeast (and even further afield if you're willing to help cover transport or for the right experience). If you're looking for someone to crew for you for a couple of days, a couple of weeks, or perhaps even longer then please keep me in mind.
You can reach me by e-mail at dsdphoto at gmail or PM me here and I'll pass on my cell number. Thanks in advance!
Fair winds and following seas!