Thanks for your reply to my add for crew. I've been gratified to have several people interested. It will take, I'm sure several rotations of crew to get Colleen 'round the world.
Here's a prepared note for your further interest. If you'd like to talk more about it send me a private message to get my personal email
I've wanted to sail around the world since I was 17. Finally I may be able to. I've lived aboard through college and graduate school
and several years of work
. Living on a boat was terminated by love and marriage but not regretfully as wife and family
are the best.
I found, sailing single
handed from St. Petersburg to Isla Mujeres MX several times, that single
handing wasn't really what I wanted. I sold
the Alajuela 38 and bought the current
boat Colleen, a Cambria 44, in 2012 so that I may sail with crew. It's been a grind of rebuilding and refurbishing since then to get her in offshore
cruiser mode. 'Nearly there.
I expect to leave St. Petersburg at the end of January, 2019 or early February and sail to Isla Mujeres. It's off to Providencia Is. Colombia
and then the Panama canal
. I'd like to transit the canal
in March and head
for the Marquesas
there after. My overall itinerary would follow the World Arc
path and schedule for an 18 mos circumnavigation
. It’s a pleasure sail, not an expedition trip and alterations and flexibility are more likely than not.
Our Colleen is a comfortable 46' cutter
that draws 5'8" board up and 10' board down. She sails
very well and is remarkably similar to a Swan 47 of the mid 80's. And autopilot
is available for motoring and a Monitor wind vane
for under sail. I’m a good hand at all repair and have rebuilt the boat. I know her inside and out. Sails
are new. Mast
has been pulled and refurbished. All rigging
is new. Engine’s old, but has less than 1000 hours on it and runs like a top.
We have a refrigeration
system and a separate freezer
system on board. Solar
provide daily amp hours and we have a 30 gph water maker which runs off a portable gas generator
. Accommodations consist of a double berth forward. A pullout double berth in the main salon
and two single quarter berths in the aft cabin
, of which the starboard is mine. There are two heads and a separate shower
in the aft head
. One should not suffer privations too greatly aboard.
I have sailed extensively locally and the gulf of Mexico
with trips to Cuba
and the keys, tortugas and gulf states. My core
crew is available to provide reference to my character as a skipper
. I prefer non-smokers aboard. Colleen is not a “dry” boat and a cocktail at 5:00 is normal procedure however drunkenness is not. It should go without saying that no illicit drugs of any kind will be tolerated and in that vein, I reserve the right to inspect crew’s baggage at any time. Guns
are also not allowed aboard. I could lose my boat in a foreign port for both of those things.
I thank you for your interest in Colleen and sailing with us. It should be a fantastic trip