Looking for crew to sail the Hawaiian islands/ remote South Pacific, USA


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    This is an opportunity to sail the Hawaiian islands as preparation for a longer trip in the South Pacific and beyond.

    If you only have a short time available to volunteer, even just a few days, there is always the opportunity to help with boat projects in exchange for accommodation and sailing lessons(food is not provided). This is very popular. There would be no ocean sailing but even just life at anchor in Hawaii for a short time can be an experience. No specialized skills are necessary to assist with boat projects. An extra set of hands is help enough. Projects are usually short and simple, about an hour or two of work maximum per day.

    The trip to the South Pacific is clearly a longer time commitment and time should be spent learning the boat within the Hawaiian islands first before the longer voyage. Sailing within Hawaii is a great way to find out if ocean sailing is something you would like to do. The focus will be on visiting the more remote locations that are rarely visited where traditional culture still exists. The route will be more a more northern one than the beaten path that most sailing boats take. Destinations will include Tokelau, Wallis, Tuvalu, outer islands of Kiribati and the Santa Cruz group of the Solomons. A re provisioning break may be taken in Fiji. There are many details and concerns about the South Pacific trip that are best discussed in person. At this time, there is not a set schedule for the departure from Hawaii.

    The boat is equipped with a tandem kayak and a wooden eight foot sailing pram. Both of these are excellent for exploring the current anchorage and surrounding area.

    An interest in surfing is a plus because if the waves are good, the boat will stay in one place for a bit. Two surf boards on board, 7'10 and 7'2". Spanish speaker also a plus as the skipper needs practice.

    The skipper is originally from the San Francisco bay area and has over 70,000 miles of sailing experience which includes a single circumnavigation.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is a great way to be exposed to the sailing lifestyle. The boat has snorkeling equipment /shallow water dive equipment, a tandem kayak, two surfboards, an inflatable and an eight foot sailing dinghy. The skipper has years of sailing instruction experience. If you are interested in learning about boats and how to sail, this is an excellent opportunity.

  • Help


    On passage the help needed is basic sailing crew duties like keeping watch, sail trim, and help with cooking and cleaning. Help needed with boat projects is being an extra set of hands. Boat project work is not physically strenuous and is around two hours a day.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Single dormitory type bed on a 38 foot sailing vessel. Limited privacy. Boat has a below decks private shower, propane range for cooking.

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    Hours expected

    1 to 2 hours per day everyday.

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