This is a UNPAID
crew position. Departure from Panama
is anticipated near the end of March or beginning of April depending on the weather
. The wind
predictions from Weather Underground
indicate that Sunday, March the 26th
would be a favorable window to depart. That may change.
Ideally, the candidate to crew would be seeking to satisfy U.S. Coast Guard License / Credential Requirements: "Must be able to document 360 days of experience on a vessel. Must have 90 of these days within the last 3 years." However, this crew position is open to anyone of reasonable physical condition, skill and experience; male, female, old, young, black, white or green. Pleasant and ethical persons of good moral character; persons that are also neither dogmatic nor intolerant, are strongly preferred.
- Safety first.
- No illegal anything allowed.
- No alcohol consumption allowed while underway.
- Some sailing experience is expected.
- Common sense and a good natured disposition are required.
- Should be able to steer a course, use the VHF and read a chartplotter - at minimum.
- Provisions within reason are provided (food, drink, snacks; I'm open to suggestions).
- Travel expenses and personal items (including foul weather gear) are NOT provided.
choices underway run toward healthy snacks and weather appropriate canned meals
like soups and stews with sandwiches. Moored, docked or anchored are a different story. But I'm flexible. Your input is welcome.
1979 Endeavour 32'
St. Andrew's City Marina near Panama City, Florida to Kemah, Texas in Galveston Bay via the Intracoastal Waterway
- Galley is adequately equipped and stocked.
- The vessel is mechanically sound.
- She has some issues, mostly cosmetic, but she is serviceable and reasonably comfortable.
- Under power, she can easily make about 125 miles a day when operated on a 24 hr watches. At approx 6 gal per day, we have fuel for 7 x 24 hr days of motoring or 875 mi.
- Tankage includes 76 gallon of fresh water (fresh water for bathing, cooking, cleaning, etc., and bottled water for drinking), a 15 gal holding tank and 20 gallons diesel fuel with 25 gallons (5 x 5 gal fuel cans) in reserve (45 gallons).
. This trip should be easy. It will not be a 'forced march', but there are places where it would be best to sail straight through. For instance, I don't think it wise to linger in the Mississippi
Sound this time of year, because it is mostly open to the Gulf wind
and waves and also because sheltered anchorages
are scarce or are in some cases, many miles out of our way. However that crossing is doable in about 30 hrs.
In cases like this it is better to just keep going. However, anchoring
in some areas before and after this stretch would be acceptable and even desirable. Most reasonable items concerning this trip are negotiable, such as stops along the way, what's on the menu and the occasional day off. Again, I'm flexible. The overarching goal will be to safely and happily arrive at our destination
as friends and shipmates. Hopefully we might be able to learn from each other too.
I am a 66 years old, happily married man in reasonably good physical condition and have single-handed the boat
from Myrtle Beach to the Georgia/Florida border in December. The boat required some towing due to reoccurring fuel problems. Since then the entire fuel system has been upgraded and the 22 hp Yanmar diesel engine
is now in good working order.
With the addition of a single
in Fernandina, Florida
at the Georgia
border, we rotated watches and sailed 24 hrs a day comfortably. We made the transit down the east coast
of Florida, across the Okeechobee and back up the west coast
to Dunedin (north of Clearwater/St. Pete). That's over 550 nautical miles with two overnight stops in five days. This trip will be about 100 miles longer (about 650 mi), so a 7-10 day estimate offers a lot of latitude.
If you need clarifications, more details or simply wish to ask questions, you may post them here. To exchange contact information, you may send a personal message. I'll answer as quickly as I can.