We, that is me David Buller and my pal Mark Wibberley are undertaking a major rebuild on a 1943 Danish Sailing Trawler. We feel that these old Dames of the sea should be saved for us and future generations to enjoy. We are not really owners of these fine old ships but simply the present custodians. The boat, Vendia by name is undergoing her refit on the Caribbean island of Carriacou just north of Grenada, paradise!
Carriacou is as much "as the Caribbean used to be" in this world of change as is possible. Unspoiled by any big resorts or chain style hotels it is like stepping back in time.
Vendia is currently anchored in Tyrrell Bay awaiting a haul out into the new yard where we will be addressing some old planking issues. Sailing, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, beach or boat bbq's are the things that "just happen" over here with a lovely cruising community atmosphere one feels quickly at home and accepted.
As part of the refit we are going to be reconfiguring some of the living spaces so will be in much need of a carpenter (or 2). Plenty of electrical things need fixing/sorting/replacing in fact the whole electrical system needs rationalising. We also have some mechanical work so a mechanical and electrical engineer would be great.
Clearly we also have what seems like acres of paint and varnish work to do and all of that requires preparation ie scraping and sanding so we also need willing hands, skilled or not is no problem as we all work as a team and training can be given in all necessary work.
So, to recap. We need
Painters, carpenters,engineers, riggers and all together willing helpers to join us.
English and Welsh
Accommodation will be on-board Vendia. We have a single a double and a family cabin. When the boat is on the hard we will rent an apartment and all move ashore. We live as an extended family unit and all muck in to make it work for all. Sometimes, depending on what work is in progress life can be more or less luxurious.
As I've already mentioned swimming, snorkeling, sailing, fishing and just hanging out on the beach are always popular. We have a sailing dinghy which is perfectly capable of getting to the closer of the offlying islands around Tyrrell Bay and local boatmen can be hired to reach further afield, Union island and the famous Tobago cays are both easy day trips. A short. (1&1/2 hours) ferry trip gets one to Grenada a much larger island than Carriacou and great for a few days break from the dust and noise of the boatyard.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
With both Mark and Dave being sailing instructors anyone interested can get professional help and advice right here from beginner to ocean yachtmaster. There are 2 dive schools right here in the bay with beautiful dive sites all round the island.
If anyone is interested in traditional boat building techniques, across the island in a little village called Windward one can find a group of Scottish descended boat builders still building wooden boats right there on the beach. In fact we have 2 of these guy's helping us with Vendia right now.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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