We are sailing our Shearwater 45 Staysail Schooner "Moonbeam" from Jacksonville
, Fl to Rochester, NY via the Canadian Maritimes, St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands, a several thousand mile plus voyage. I can't begin to tell you of the beauty you will see on this voyage. Even with our endangered oceans you will see, up close a lot of sea life. The Gulf of St. Lawrence is famed for the gathering of whales, dolphins
, seabirds. it is a voyage you will never forget.
"Moonbeam" (MB)was custom built by world class Fraser Yachts in Cape Town
, South Africa
in 1998. Since acquiring her we have done a major refit
replacing all critical components. She has a recent SAMS survey
with no restrictions. We carry a full complement of safety gear
from a life raft to harness lights and everything in-between including an EPRIB and sat communications
"MB" is very sea kindly and under the right conditions, very fast.
Down below she is fitted out like an old time Pullman car and the workmanship is museum quality.
while underway there will be around the clock watch standing, sail tending and navigation
, hence we are seeking experienced crew. "MB" drives really well and everything is brought back to the cockpit
for easy sail tending. We usually run a 4 hour on/8 hr off watch schedule with three crewmembers. if we have four crew the watch schedule will be adjusted.
This is a shared cost voyage, depending on how many crew are onboard, we equally split the consumables, fuel
and dockage (I don't usually dock
, preferring to anchor)equally.
In addition, Crew is responsible for their travel expenses, onshore lodging and per diem expenses.
Crew will need a passport (note: if you have ever had a DUI or have a criminal record
and have not obtained a certificate of rehabilitation from Canadian Customs
and Immigration department, please don't apply. Canadian Immigration will remove you from the boat
immediately and send you packing straight out of the country, at your expense) to enter and transit Canada
Crew will need proof of health insurance
, no shot records are required.
Crew will need to bring layered clothing
that will suffice from warm FL to the much cooler maritimes.
Soft luggage only, there is no extra room for hard luggage.
"MB" has two staterooms available, one double and one single
We anticipate a three week voyage with potential calling ports
, Province Town, MA,-Canso, NS-Montreal, Que., of course weather
will have a big factor in how we proceed, especially if we are driven in by weather
or need of supplies.
We will be using Chris Parker's weather routing service
to make the best of the Gulf Stream
and favorable weather.
I have been sailing for over 50 years on all of our oceans..
I ask for and provide sailing references
BTW, this is my sixth trip through the maritimes and my 18th voyage up and down the East Coast
if you have any questions or would like to be considered for the adventure, please PM me.
Thanks again for checking this out.