I'm reposting my original crew wanted
message since I have been able to sail the boat
and am currently headed to the port of Bundaberg. I plan to stay in Queensland
until the Cyclone season forces me to sail back south, likely headed to Tasmania and then New Zealand
. It is possible going North of the cyclone zone could happen but that would depend on the situation with Covid and access to other countries.
In Queensland, the plan is to sail the various Island chains north to at least the Whitsundays. Knowledge of this area would be a bonus.
It would be ideal if you are already in Queensland and if not, you must be able to travel to Queensland.
My original crew wanted posting
is below and contains many details of my boat
, plans and desired crew capabilities.
I'm looking for a crew member
to share the trip from the Sydney Australia
region (Pittwater Bay) initially around Sydney
and then north up the east coast
to the Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef
and Cairns. At that point, it will be a joint decision to choose the next destination
which could be New Caledonia
and Polynesia, Indonesia
, continue to circumnavigate Australia
or many others. My long-term plan is to slowly go around the world.
is a 2006 Hylas
54 which has been well outfitted and has had an extensive refit
to bring all systems back to full working order. equipment
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, life raft, VHF
and HF radios, AIS
, etc. are onboard. The boat
has a large battery
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and freezers along with large diesel fuel
capacity to be self sufficient for long trips. There is a full inventory of sails
and sail handling equipment
primary and secondary winches, mainsail
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and staysail and code zero
and a downwind spinnaker
I'm looking for an enthusiastic, adventure seeking and physically fit man or woman with offshore
experience who is ready to share in all aspects of the voyage including watches, navigation
and daily maintenance
As crew your opinions will help shape the voyage plan. You will be expected to share in sailing, watchkeeping, boat maintenance
and most other onboard jobs.
It is expected that you will pay for your own onshore expenses and share in any sightseeing costs for onshore excursions you participate in. You will also contribute your share towards on-board food
and mooring/docking costs and will be consulted whether we anchor
or incur the expense of a mooring
Being safe, having a good time and enjoying the adventure are the most important priorities. I expect you will respect the authority of the Captain
but will suggest a better solution to a problem if you think you know one. We are all learning
and there’s lots to know about sailing.
I am a 60-year-old man and have recently retired from the IT industry. I'm now ready to embark on my life-long dream to see the world by sailboat taking the time to fully enjoy the trip and destinations. As much as possible, passages will be planned to take advantage of good weather
windows and no unnecessary chances will be taken. It is important to me to have a happy, fun crew wanting to explore new destinations, cultures and experiences.
My experience includes extensive sailing during my youth with CYA (now Sail Canada) sailing certifications including instructor certificates. I taught sailing for many years and races extensively at a high international level. More recently, I obtained Sail Canada
cruising and navigation
certifications and IYT International Certificate of Confidence certification
. I have been living aboard
and sailing in Australia
Pittwater / Broken Bay / Tasman Sea region since mid January 2020.
Outside of sailing, I also enjoy SCUBA diving
, hiking, and nature and prefer off the beaten path locations.
If you are interested in the crew position, please contact me by personal message on this forum and we can exchange contact details.