Delivery crew wanted
for new 50ft Catamaran
ETD Nov 6th.
(The Passage) This delivery
will begin in Panama
at Shelter Bay Marina located at the Caribbean/Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal
on or around Nov 6th and is approximately 1,300 nm of hopefully non-stop offshore
ocean sailing. The complete passage
should take roughly between 10-12 days depending on weather
and finish in the Tampa Bay area of Florida
. I always hope to sail as much as possible however this is a delivery and we will certainly use the motors as much as required to expedite the passage
. I have done this same passage at this time of the year in the past and it is very likely we will have all types of weather
on this route
but I find Nov combines a low risk of tropical lows and or any strong headwinds making it the ideal month for this passage. In spite of an active season we have reason to expect low pressure systems to moderate and our exact departure and progress will be coordinated with and monitored by our weather router with whom we will remain in contact with throughout the passage. Offshore
tracking, texts, and email
should be available to the crew as well.
(The Boat) Is a newly acquired 2020 Leopard
. Plenty of info about this model is available online and I am happy to provide a link with details specific to this particular yacht. It has sailed on its own hulls from South Africa
to Panama recently and is therefore equipped with the standard offshore equipment
such as flares, life jackets, life raft, first aid kit, etc. It has also been hauled out and undergone an extensive survey
upon arrival in Panama within the last four months. This is a four cabin
model so each crew member
should have their own cabin
(The Captain) Is a USCG Licensed 100 Ton Master that has completed a solo circumnavigation
on a 30ft Sloop
. Since then I have completed over 50,000 nm of offshore deliveries and sailing instruction. I have sailed this route
between Panama and Florida multiple times on both monohulls and catamarans, big and small.
(The Arrangement) This is a delivery and I am open to both volunteer and professional crew. There will likely be three or four of us on board in total. On-board food
and passage-related expenses, fuel
, marina fees
, etc, will be provided by the owner. You would be responsible for all of your expenses off of the boat
(restaurants, drinking, entertainment, etc.) Travel expenses and or a nominal per diem may be available for the right person with offshore experience. If you require your expenses paid or a per diem please let me know when you initially contact me so it is clear if you are volunteering or applying for a paid crew position. All crew are expected to help with all aspects of the passage including pre-passage preparation and post passage clean up. We are alcohol free underway and you should expect to help keep an active watch whenever required , usually on a rotational basis and at times alone at night, helping with navigating, weather analyses, sail-handling, cooking
etc. Effectively this opportunity provides an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to go offshore sailing, especially for individuals looking to gain offshore experience, confidence, and mile-building with the supervision and instruction of a well-qualified captain
underway. What you don’t know you will be taught.
(The Requirements for the crew) Feel free to reply here but please send me a private message including your phone
number and any other contact info. Let me know if you require any assistance with travel expenses or a per diem and tell me why you would like to take this trip. Tell me about your sailing experience or attach a CV. Please mention any other experience or skills that you might possess that could be useful at sea (engineers, medical
professionals, mechanics, cooks etc,). I tend to give preference to people with at least some offshore experience who know they do not get seasick. You should be available to arrive in Panama (PTY) on or around Nov 6th and have an open schedule for the next 3 weeks at a minimum.
COVID-19. We have had positive first hand reports from Owners and crew who have already flown into Panama since the official re-opening of international flights October 12th. Panama Currently requires a Negative Covid test within 48 hours prior to your arrival.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!