Ahoy and Ajoy, Old Salts, Fresh Salts, and No Salts.
Going at this again, after a year or so of delay.
Starting a fresh Thread for sanity.
Thanks for reading.
I am looking for a crew person or two to join this adventure: You know how these thing go. Usually there are many people required, different folks, on different legs, according to vacation
schedules and what some would call real life.
Singles and couples are welcome.
I’d like to have 2 other people on the boat
If you are interested, then please let me know a bit about yourself and the timeframe you are available.
Other folks, family
and friends of mine will be joining the boat
along the way, so it is also possible for you to fly in to Nassau
, for example, and get on board.
Here's the general sail plan:
April 2020 - end of June 2020.
- When Hurricanes are not blowing like h*** out there (early Spring). Then a couple weeks bouncing around the islands, shaking down, and enjoying prime island hopping time. Sailing as easy as we can make it.
Departing from Jacksonville
or Fort Lauderdale Florida
Crossing to Bahamas
Back to the US before Hurricane
Season, heading to Maryland
for the Summer.
44 Pilothouse Ketch
. She is a well equipped, heavy old lady. A bit of a pig of a sailor, some say, but big, roomy, and safe and solid. She is a comfortable, sea-kindly boat with a deep draft
and 14,000 lbs of lead, they say. I have not personally measured it.
Hank on Stay Sail.
Main and Mizzen in Lazy Jacks.
, plenty of fridge space.
pays for boat expenses. Folks on board share the cost of their groceries.
Land and other transportation: By future arrangement. Crew joining the boat should expect to pay for their transport to and from the boat.
, Duties, and Border fees
: Expect to Pay your own way, Captain
could help, if needed.
We will focus on comfortable, low risk, low stress sailing. The weather
and ocean will give us enough un-planned excitement to deal with and enjoy, so we will not press in to foul weather
or any other risky business. This means crew should be very flexible with time schedules.
All safety gear
is up to date and functional.
Smokes, Drinks, and Other:
No tobacco smoke on board, ever.
Some non-tobacco items may get burned from time to time
light is the drinking light. No consumption
under way at all. But we will have a well equipped bar and beer
stock.. Two rules of boating
.. never run out of beer
or cookies; although, the Captain drinks very little to no beer/alcohol.
. Yes please. It’s better than sunscreen.
This is mostly for the Bahamas, and certainly most of you reading this are already aware, that many visitors to the Bahamas view clothing
as an optional situation. This is not a "nudist" boat at all, but people on it may be exposed to various nudity on or off the boat. If the glorious human body offends, then consider carefully what you get yourself in to.
Otherwise, if you do not have foul weather gear
, then you should expect to buy some for yourself.
This is supposed to be a drama free boat. Believe me, there will be enough drama without we bring a bunch with us.
About the Captain:
52 Year old man. Healthy, Energetic, non-snoring, non-smoking, non-drinking (mostly), guy who likes to sail.
45 years sailing experience aboard 16-52 foot sailboats. Yep, started young, with Dear Old dad and Mom. Great Lakes
, Eastern Pacific (San Diego area), Western Atlantic, Bahamas, with the majority of experience in the Bahamas, with many courses at the fictional, but very real, Hard Knocks Sailing Academy.
Skilled and experienced in all boat auxiliary power systems (motors y'all); Gas and Diesel
, HVACR systems, electrical
, - there's nothing on the boat I can't fix (or throw away and replace ).
I love to snorkel and spear fish
. I am a very good cook. I love to explore the local scene, meet the people and get in to the cultures of visited places, so I tend to be wandering type explorer. All day on a random beach, to me, is a good use of a day.
I have a rock solid personality, not easily ruffled, calm under pressure, and am easy going and laid back. At the same time, I a have a loud, command voice (thank you Army), and can be very intense.
I am not a doctor or anything, but I am skilled at first aid, trained in CPR, first aid, recovery, and know how to treat many conditions - I got my broken ankle healed in about half the time it should have taken this year.
I am also an excellent trainer/teacher and coach, so if you have no experience, but otherwise fit, lets talk. Don't count yourself out.
Ideal Crew qualities:
friendly, coffee loving; creative cook, bold, brave, level headed, positive energy and attitude, a bit of a hippie, excellent communication abilities, in great health
, non-smoking, not grossed out by fish
guts, stable at sea, some experience with sailing preferred, a light packer, excellent problem solving skills, a cheerleader (and I don't mean pom poms and a short skirt, I mean a person who is excited and energetic when facing challenging tasks and not, how do you say in this country, b*tchy about it), non-snoring (I don't mean to exclude based on stuff like snoring, that you really can't help, but I have a thing with snoring, and I can't sleep if it is going on). You should otherwise be in good health
General Timeline is end of April 2020 to end of June 2020
Thanks for reading. Let me know if interested. We have a lot to discuss.