So I thought I would try this and see what kind of response I get.
I am posting
this because I thought that some of you might be struggling, working online, not making enough to live on, but also be up for an adventure. Here you can work
online and stay on the ship for cheaper than you can live in an apartment, and have time to learn the skills you will need to sail across the Atlantic. I am also or struggling, hence this offer.
Our ship is a 36' (11m) steel-hulled Chinese Junk-Rigged sailboat, anchored in Mindelo Bay, Cape Verde
. My plan is to sail for French Guiana after mid-November this year. This crew offer is also for accommodation aboard from now up until at least January/February next year.
Your berth will be the V-berth, which is the nicest on the ship, see pics. There is enough power if it is not cloudy (which it rarely is) to use a relatively power efficient laptop
(i.e. Under 3amps) for most of the day, and phones/tablets as much as you like. You berth has 2 USB sockets and a 12v cigarette-lighter style socket – you will need a car charger plug
for your laptop
here is pretty fast, 1mb/s+, and costs $12 for 8gb. I don't require any help on the ship, but if you want to learn some new skills you are welcome to help. I am skilled in sailmaking, marine diesel maintenance
and repair, freediving, spearfishing, hand-tool-joinery, cooking
(various types), metalworking, 12v electrical system
, wind/solar-power systems, net making, two-component marine paint
and knot work
, and of course sailing and more.
I am happy to write you a letter of merit on any of the skills learned, which can help you get paid crew positions in the future. Additionally, if you are looking to get your RYA Yachtmaster
or equivalent qualifications, the sail-miles you will gain on the passage
is enough to meet the minimum needed to take the test. Although our rig is different to a standard Bermudan rig, I have experience sailing both, and can explain the differences.
Accommodation costs are 300euros a month including even meals
and breakfast or 250euros a month if you just want breakfast. Transport to land is via two-person kayak
, although it only needs one person to row it. I work all day long on the ship, so what you do with your time is up to you. My friend at the nautical club gives 20% discount on food
n drink to me and my crew, they have good wi-fi, and cheap
drinks and food
. I'm cooking
, so you're doing the washing
up :P Apart from that, I just ask that you clean up any mess you make. I would maybe consider a couple, at 50 euro less than the cost for 2 people. We can make other arrangements as needed, such as splitting the cost of laundry
Smoking is fine, but not in your berth, if you don't smoke, don't worry, the air passes through your berth first, so it is always fresh. No day-drinkers please! Vegetarian cooking is not an option, sorry, I am a 200lb sailor and need calories and protein, and am not going to cook two separate meals
. The ship has life-jackets (although not the comfortable kind that you can wear all the time), jacklines
, harnesses and a life raft. There is no EPIRB
, but feel free to bring your own (someone who owns a boat
may lend you theirs) if it makes you feel better. At sea we wear a harness attached to jacklines
at all times on deck
and in the cockpit
, except if we are literally becalmed. Life-jackets optional unless the weather
The trip to French Guiana is about 2000 nautical miles, and should take around 15-20 days. If you're interested, message me, and we can arrange a video call. The final recruitment choice is mine, of course, but preference will be given to whomever can arrive here soonest. Please feel free to ask general questions on this post and I will answer them as best as possible.
It is highly likely that you can find passage
on another ship once we reach French Guiana, if you decide that you don't want the adventure to stop. You'll have at least a couple of months to look, and I can help.