So I am in the early (EARLY) stages of my move from land to sea. I have set a hopeful date of 5 years from now at which time I hope to be able to buy a liveaboard
, and then go to living onboard fulltime and working on a contract
basis as need be.
My job allows me to accept contracts for certain periods of time and then to be off if I like. Summers are generally a dead zone for my work
. It's the one time of the year where living expenses generally outweigh income
Now, because I have committed to eventually making the move offshore
, I don't own a house. I live in a shared apartment, and can leave for a few months as I need to with no problems.
This makes travelling or other out of the ordinary activities pretty easy.
Now, the bad part is that I don't have any real sailing experience. Some small powerboating experience, and a bit of fun with my college sailing team, but nothing of practical experience.
I want to do some serious sailing - hopefully something international or long haul, and hopefully on a sailing vessel. Two main reasons -- first so I don't buy a boat
in 5 years and realize I hate it (not very likely), and two so I don't kill myself or my crew when that boat
becomes a reality.
Aside from being worthless on board, I am fairly technical oriented and understand everything I've read and the principles behind everything. I'm 30, mature, clean, have good manners, can cook, and am not a crook (insert mental image of Nixon here). I speak a decent amount of Germany
and Spanish, and legal
residence in Mexico
and the EU (US citizen).
I spent 3 years in the Army and have no problem taking orders, and can pull my own weight, generally take the initiative, and don't wait to be told to do everything if I know it needs to be done.
Ok, so the short of that is basically that I'm not a pogue and I want to learn to sail (oh yeah, and I'll have no money). What are my chances of getting a spot on a crew?
Would it even be proper of me to ask, as I may very well be a liability (experience-wise) to a point to my first boat?
Also, how do you go about volunteering?
I'd apreciate any input or advice