Tis my first post here, I was on sailing anarchy, when I found a link to here, I never knew about this site before. I will try and shorten my story as best I can but I do have a tendency to ramble to please bare with me.
have spent most of their lives on my boat
, a little over 12 months ago their mother & my wife past away as a result of breast cancer - please I don't need any sympathy wishes regarding this I am sure you can understand, it's been over a year, we have learnt to live with the loss.
I have three children
, they are 11 (twin boys) and 9 girl, they have been at me since mid last year to get back at sea, there is still a lot of places in the world I promised them we would go to, but have been stuck in a bit of a rut for the last 6 months.
I have decided to look for perhaps another single
parent with one or two kids
to join us, I have run this past my kids
, they seem to wholeheartedly approve.
I'm not looking for any monetary return, I understand most single
parents can't often afford an undertaking such as this even when the boat
is supplied, so I would only ask for what the person can afford to contribute, while still covering their own bills at home.
Our boat is a Warwick 72, we have plenty of room on board and plenty of storage
space, while it's not a requirement the person knows how to sail, it would very much help if the person that comes with us has done a competent crew certificate, we are happy to teach how to sail, boat handling skills etc.
We are located in Brisbane
, we have tentative plans to depart some point in March into the South Pacific
to revisit some of our favourite spots and see some old friends along the way. We then have plans on cruising up to Japan
, then eventually onto Vancouver
, we plan on staying in Vancouver
for about a month - might be more might be less. Once we depart Vancouver we plan on cruising our way down through the US cities and coastline down through Mexico
& South America
with an extended stay in the Galápagos Islands. Right now that is where our plans stop, but we do have idea's on rounding the horn and taking an extended stop of perhaps three months in Buenos Aires
About my kids: They are very easy going kids, they very much love being at sea, they seem to consider themselves to be very lucky with many of the things they have done and seen. The three of them are very very good sailors, I trust all three of them to take watches, even at night.
They are very compliant when I ask them to do something, or change routine.
One of the boys is deaf, but has a Cochlear implant, but because of sensory issues he doesn't always have it turned on so we communicate with him most of the time in sign. His speech is as good as any other child's you would have a hard time telling he is deaf until you saw his implant.
About myself: I've been sailing since age 4, I've been an RYA Yachtmaster
for over 10 years. I'm a qualified Primary and High school
level teacher, I make my living out of the Forex market and have done so since 1999. When we are at sea, I have been pretty much my kids sole educator, when they went back to regular school
last year they were slotted in a year above their typical age level, as they were well ahead of where they needed to be.
The boat: As I previously stated, the boat is a Warwick 72, that was custom designed for us, it has a full Furuno Navnet
outfit with UHD radar
, all this is brand new and never been used yet at sea, new rigging
, it has 200L of freezer
capacity, 20kw genset, 1kw Wind generator
, 600W Solar
, also has aircon however we don't use that while at sea, since the airflow through the boat while under sail is quite good. We have a tender
that is large enough to carry everyone at the same time plus a couple more if needs require.
situation, we carry loads of cans and loads of frozen food
which we refill anytime we pull into a major port, but obviously the main diet on the boat is fish
. The boat also has an Inmarsat sat phone
available. The broadband
runs up to 256k but costs a bomb for internet
data, hence things like YouTube, Facebook, any streaming media is banned, Email
back to family
with some small pictures is ok. We send all our emails in one batch even if they are connected to multiple accounts. If I catch anyone using YouTube or Facebook, I'll throw em overboard
People we are looking for in an ideal situation:
A single mother and daughter would be ideal, just to balance up the sexes on the boat, but this isn't a requirement, an ideal age for the child would be 5 to 15, so quite an open age range, but again this isn't a requirement.
My kids are informal nudists, mainly in hot weather
and when they go swimming off the back of the boat, so it is a requirement that this is not an issue with whoever we take.
Ideally I would like someone that I can share education duties for the kids with, I do have a tone of available educational resources, and will pick up more at every port we visit.
Keep an eye on this post as I might add an edit every now and then as I get replies.
To the site mods: I posted this in the kids forum as I am looking for people that are single parents, I understand if you need to split this topic into the crew wanted
section, but please could you leave a copy of it here as well due to the nature of this forum.