in late May (when the weather
is stable over the Atlantic).
4 weeks to Azores
2 weeks in Azores
2 weeks to Brest.
2 weeks to Baltic
I am looking for 3-4 able crew people. Experience is nice, but not required. Attitude and energy are more important than hard technical skills. Of course, if you have sailing experience or other critical skills, you get bonus points. Folks without experience please still apply, and please be a truly attentive student and a fast learner.
I have a passage
coming up soon, and I have 1/2 spots for novice/rookie sailors and 2/3 spots for those with experience or other skills (diving, mechanical, organizational, medical
, rigging)I am an excellent and patient trainer, coach, and instructor. I am a bit meticulous on safety
procedures and other operational things that keep people on board and alive But I am very relaxed and patient with folks as they learn new things.
Here are some points to consider:
Departing Florida in the US in May.
Sailing past Bermuda
to the Azores. We will take the traditional ocean route
and be about 4 weeks at sea. If you have not experienced the big, open ocean, be prepared to be amazed! We are not in a hurry and will seek calm weather
In the Azores, we will hold over for 2 weeks
. We will rest and refit
and get the boat
ready for the crossing to Europe
. We will also explore the islands. The Azores are incredible: green, clean, and so friendly. I have friends there waiting to take myself and crew around the island. There are a lot of trails and places to explore. We will also paint
a rock to commemorate the passage.
Heading for Europe:
When we are ready to make way for Europe, we will take a course to Brest in France
. They have great oysters for those who are in to such treats. It is also a good crew change spot. From there, we make way for the Keil Canal
and will take that in to the Baltic
. I will keep the boat
in the Baltic for the rest of the summer. I will spend part of the summer on board, and part of the summer traveling in Sweden
and other areas in my RV - I have a small rv in Sweden
and will spend a few weeks hiking, camping and hanging out at my favorite swedish lakes.
There is a lot of information already posted about the boat, so I will be brief. She is a seakindly, well equipped CSY
44 Pilothouse Ketch
rigged boat. She is sound, safe, and heavy. We have wind
power, a water
maker for plenty of hot showers, electric winch
, and up to date electronics
. Inside she has a nice, large galley
and food storage
. All the under water
, through hull
fittings have been replaced and resealed, so she is nice and seaworthy
. New rigging
, new electronics
, etc, etc.
: She has a forward V berth with ensuite shower
female crew and / or a couple crewing
together get priority assignment to the V Berth. The Captain's cabin
is in the aft. There are two good "underway" bunks in the pilothouse section and one in the aft cabin
Crew: Ideally we have a crew of 4/5 people counting myself, so people will be getting on and off the boat in differen spots along the way as we stop.
I am an experienced sailor and have already sailed across the Atlantic from St Martin
to the Azores. I travel a lot on sea and land, in the US, and especially in Scandinavia and Europe I am generally cool and calm under pressure and not easily ruffled. I do get pretty intense when action is afoot and things need to get done, and I have a loud, "command voice" thanks to Army training
. I am well trained in all things mechanical, safety
, first aid, etc. For fun, I enjoy good food
and good music
, singing karaoke, exploring local scenes, and hanging out in nature. ****To avoid confusion, I want to specify that I am a straight, single
guy, and I am not looking for a mate, date or romantic situation. Cute ladies, please do not be offended, but I am a cold professional when it comes to sailing, crew and many other aspects of life. Gender, orientation, faith, race
, appearance, ideology, etc do not matter to me. I am an old timey, traditional, non-political type of guy who does not watch the news or television at all.
For inexperienced crew prospects, having the right attitude and energy is more important than skill and experience. If you can pick up things and learn as you go, there will be at least one, if not 2-3, experienced sailors on board to show you the ropes. You would perform your share of crew duties limited by your lack of experience. For example, when you start, you cannot stand watch alone. You would share a watch with other crew to gain experience. As you demonstrate proficiency, then you would gain other regular crew duties. As you continue, you will have a chance to celestial navigation
, chart reading, weather planning, course planning, and of course, "how to sail".
For experienced crew prospects, we run this boat in typical fashion. Rule
#1 is "stay on Board"
I believe in participative type group dynamics for the best solutions and outcomes. Bring your skills and contribute to a fun adventure. We do a rotating watch schedule and rotating galley
Please consider and let me know what you think. If you are interested, then lets talk. We do not have a lot of time, but there is enough time for planning and preparing.
Vessel is 44 foot, pilothouse Ketch
, water maker, bow thruster, windvane
, electric winch
, electric windlass
, lots of fresh water, lots of diesel
. Brand new, 6 pax liferaft
, IPIRB, SSB
, InReach, Sat Phone
, new house batteries
. All through hulls are new. All transducers and through hulls are new. Chart plotter is new.
She is rated one of the most seafriendly boats of all time by some who do such ratings. My personal experience, sailing in 8-10 foot seas and 20-27 knots of wind, is that she rides like a cadillac... a cadillac that occasionally runs over a big curb
k but she is smooth and steady.
She is coast guard documented, recently surveyed, fully insured.
: Top priority. I am professionally trained in risk assessment, risk analysis, and risk mitigation, and I take it 100% seriously. All safety stuff is up to date. I am very safety aware and meticulous with safety equipment
and PPE. I have life vests, harnesses, and tethers on board for new crew to borrow until they buy their own.
No smoking on board - if you are French, maybe we can make a consideration.
No alcohol while underway. (The exception is to the occasional champagne toast to commemorate a birthday or other type event). The anchor
light is the drinking light.
No illegal items of any kind. Even if weed is legal
in your state or area, it is still 100% illegal underway.
Money and cost
This is a pleasure cruise
pays boat operational expenses. Crew pay for their share of groceries and their personal expenses.
Time is short. If interested and available, please reach out and lets talk.
It is best to reply by PM.