Originally Posted by clawler
I've checked out most of the sites about this and by and large it doesn't seem like people are looking for an inexperienced mid-20's male to join their crew (did I mention I was single though?).
I think you may have better luck than you think. Many folks take crew on to cross the Pacific, especially married couples with big boats. It's just so much easier to be at sea with three people than with two (2 x four hour watches = 8 hours of sleep for everyone). To be honest, being on a long passage
with three people is nearly effortless compared to the intensity of two people.
Also, some folks with big boats are required by their insurance
to have a crew of three for long passages.
And I hesitate to write this, but I do not agree that being male works against you. I think an older couple with a 48' boat see's a guy in his twenties and thinks-- yeah, this guy could haul up the anchor
if the windlass
breaks, or will crank in the jib
without a problem.
I do not believe that experience is that big of a deal, as far as standing watch goes. I left Galapagos
while teaching both of my crew members how to sail as we left the harbor, and we did fine over the next ~26 days on the way to the Marquessas. Well, we did break an asymmetrical spinnaker
because of a miscommunication about what "wake me up if the wind
gets stronger" means. And the Ecuadorian bar tender
I picked up had never driven a car, and had this mental block about using a steering wheel
. I would point Left, he'd turn the wheel
to the Right. So that was annoying. Especially since he didn't really speak English
and I didn't really speak Spanish. But that was it, otherwise it was a fine trip and we all stuck together through Polynesia.
Most of my crew came from folks hitchiking/crewing on other boats, or leaving notices in port (them, or me). I think Pacific Mexico
, PV, La Paz
, are great places to hitch a ride, but maybe these days most of this kind of thing is done online. I don't know. Let me think to my own experience... I found crew through:
2- Knew them in my landlubber life
2- Surfers I met in a cruisers hang out in Zihuatenejo
1- Distant family
1- A bar tender
who always wanted to sail to Tahiti
1- Had a notice on a cork board at the yacht club in Bora Bora
2- Walking on the Quay, looking for a boat
1- Stole her from another boat/they pushed her off, met her at the dinghy dock
1- Introduced by cruising friends
I don't know if there is a pattern there, or that this sample is meaningful for you. But I encourage you to keep at it and keep pushing to find a boat.