Here is some clarifying and coordinating information for folks considering this trip.
I have been sending this to people by PM, but I believe it is more helpful here.
One thing to keep as a rule
of thumb and transition from regular, deadline driven life on shore: Sailing plans are plans. Flexibility is key. Island Time is a real thing.
I am back in Fort Lauderdale and back on board. I stripped the boat for the big Storm and am now getting her put back together. Then, I will make some repairs
. There are a few critical repairs
that I am aware of now. I expect those will take at least 5 days.
I would like to leave for the Chesapeake by August 15th, so that is a target date.
The trip to Maryland is about 10 days at sea.
If we need to duck in for weather or some other reason, then we will. Otherwise, we want to stay in the gulf stream. We will go around Cape Hatteras by a wide margin, so we will be 150 or so miles off shore at that time. The Gulf Stream goes that way, when the conditions are right, and hopefully it will be going that way when we want it to. Once past the Cape, we press on until it is time to duck in to the Chesapeake.
Once inside the Bay, we will make for Solomons Island, where we will have a dock to tie up to. This is a regular dock with regular features: shore power
, bathrooms, etc.
Ground transport in Maryland:
Once we get their, we will have a car to drive around and get to where we need to get to.
Guest crew duties:
People joining the crew will have regular duties on Watch and Galley
. We will figure out exact duties based on individual experience, skill, strengths, and disposition. Safety
is first, so those with limited experience will have duties in line with their skill level, and we will not imperil the crew or boat. People who do not really know how to sail can observe and learn, then try, and practice. It should be an excellent time for learning
how to sail a larger sailboat in coastal, nearshore, and offshore
Training: for folks with limited sailing experience.
I am an excellent trainer and coach. I like easy, no stress situations where people learn at their own pace. I like the Crawl, Walk, Run style of training.
This means I demonstrate how to do new tasks. The trainee observes.
Then there is a thorough explanation of the task.
Then the trainee can try it out, practice and correct until they can do it.
Then they do it on their own, under observation.
Then, Bam, they can do it all by themselves.
Sometimes this process takes 5 minutes. Sometimes it takes 3 months.
Crawl, walk, run.
For folks with a lot of sailing experience, I will be your student
I have just this past few days been an observational student of a professional captain
in charge of a beautiful, brand new Jeanneau
64, and learned many things watching him prepare his boat against the threatening hurricane
Crew should expect to pay their own way for groceries and personal needs.
I will handle boat expenses. I mean, I am not looking for people to help cover the cost of the passage
I usually give Dad the big, aft, Captains cabin
when he is on board, and that is my plan for this trip as well. I will take a couch bunk in the Pilothouse.
Guest crew on board will get the Port side of the forward, V berth. The forward cabin
has a V berth, and a private head
. Private, as in, the door closes to the rest of the boat.
We will keep a rotating watch with hour overlaps as needed. We will determine watch length with a crew meeting and vote.
We will have a rotating galley duty that synchs up with the watch schedule.
When a person is on Galley Slave duty for the day, they are responsible for washing
dishes, putting dishes away, making lunch, and making dinner. Breakfast is an individual thing.
Near shore, we have cellular.
Off shore, we have radio
and SSB radio
Globally, we have Garmin
In Reach. I Rent a satelite phone
for passages, but not for this trip. The Garmin
will let people track our trip in real time and send messages back and forth. It is pretty cool.
Lots of other info in cruisers forum threads on this subject, mindset, priorities, erc, etc.
There is a ton of information about me, the boat, typical sailing info, in threads that I started a long time ago on Cruisers Forum. Reading through those for nuggets of interest would be a very good idea, and also save me from writing it twice or copy and pasting.
Please feel free to ask questions.