Help aboard a 48' Sailing Catamaran in Panama, San Blas and Costa Arriba de Colon




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    The sailing catamaran is based at the Linton Bay Marina at Puerto Lindo, on the Caribbean side of Panama, near the historic seaport of Portobelo. The boat is first-class, modern, 48 foot long, 25 foot wide, built in France 2008, and is equipped with kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snorkeling gear, fishing rods, a guitar, yoga mats, DVD movies, and CD or bluetooth music, as well as books and magazines that are appropriate to learning and reading about sailing, navigation, knot tying, etc....

    Capt. Fred sometimes arrives at the marina with family or friends to stay overnight on the boat, and to sail in the area of Puerto Lindo. Occasionally we make a family and friends voyage to-from San Blas, which can take a few days to a week or more. We also take on guests that pay for private "charters" to San Blas of 3 to 7 days. On other occasions we take paid guests on shorter charters of 1-3 days in the area of Costa Arriba de Colon, between Isla Grande and Portobelo. Finally, we also take overnight guests rental style, who wish to experience a sailboat stay while the catamaran is tied-up at the Linton Bay Marina. These "hotel" guests are free to use the onboard water toys in the area around the boat, without actually sailing. The Workawayer is the primary person to interact with guests that are aboard, and is always busy, with duties such as creating meals for up to 10 persons, makeing-up rooms before guest arrival, general clean up, assisting guests with sports equipment, and of course to learn and help sail the boat. Because of this extra effort, there is remuneration and sometimes gratuities. More details below.

    When guests are not onboard, at the marina or at anchor, the opportunity involves living aboard while performing boat maintenance, and occasional shopping or errands. The time required for these responsibilities averages about 2 hours per day. If the catamaran is at the marina, there is plenty of time to enjoy Puerto Lindo, and nearby Portobelo, Isla Grande, Cacique, along with water sports, and getting to know and learning from others in the marina. If the catamaran is at San Blas, you have the opportunity to engage with the indiginous Guna Indians, snorkel the reefs, kayak, etc.... At these times, there is no remuneration, but accommodations and food are provided, along with use of the sports and entertainment equipment. Occasionally, there may be other crew, but on most days, you will be the only person living onboard.

    You will interact with many local, paid workers involved in such charters, who bring provisions from markets, clean the outside of the boat, maintain the boat mechanically, maintain the electronics, etc..., and at the San Blas islands, there are indiginous workers involved, to supply food (fresh fish and lobster), to build bonfires, to bring fuel and water, to sell their handicrafts, and to help clean and maintain the boat, etc... In short, is a large and varied sailing community to learn from, and who appreciate learning from you, your experiences, and knowledge from other parts of the world that you bring.

    Upon your arrival, some overlap with the outgoing Workawayer will be arranged for training, and at this time, when doing 1 or 2 charters together, the outgoing Workawayer receives the remuneration. Later, when you train the next workawayer, you will receive the remuneration. Altogether, including training, you should consider a stay of 3 months minimum, and 4 months maximum. Some Workawayers return, and returning Workawayers are given first priority.

    Due to limited berths, only one Workawayer can be accommodated at time, except when an outgoing Workawayer is training an incoming Workawayer. Couples please do not apply, as this is simply not feasible. Also note that the meals are not vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc... Also, if you suffer from motion sickness (car sickness, sea sickness) this opportunity will not be pleasant for you.

    Your security and the security of the boat and equipment is important. While at the marina or at anchor, only you, Capt. Fred's family and friends, charter guests, and other specific persons that are paid to perform work onboard are allowed onboard the boat. Other boats may invite you aboard, and there are social areas at the marina and at San Blas, but persons other than those named above are not allowed aboard the catamaran, which you are there to enforce. When alone, you are the only person permitted to use the catamarans recreational and other equipment in your free time. Most of the persons you will meet have access to their own sports equipment, which they also restrict, so this does not become a big issue.

    This opportunity is not for Workawayers looking for entertainment, nightlife, binge drinking, 'funsundays', etc... It is a serious community of sailors and supporting professionals that are interested in recreation, the sea, and the culture, who want to share this experience with you.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn to sail or exercise your sailing skill when the itinerary allows. Absorb the local history and culture. Time ashore will be available to explore Puerto Lindo and nearby Portobelo (where fortresses and cannons attest to the gold once shipped from the Americas to Spain, and the pirates that roamed to loot). Isla Grande is a popular holiday spot with cafes and a beach, is nearby the Linton Bay Marina, and is popular with folks visiting from Panama City. A range of PADI approved diving certification courses are available locally (Google "Reef Divers, Puerto Lindo, Panama" for course and cost information). While at San Blas, the rich culture of the indiginous Guna Indian population is there for you to absorb, and in return, they will learn from your more worldly experiences.

  • Help


    Most of the time, the Workawayer time needed averages 2 hours per day at the marina or at anchor nearby the marina. Food and accommodation aboard is always provided without charge to the Workawayer, along with expendables such as towels and linens, shampoo and conditioner, sunscreen, etc...

    When sailing, each day requires 8 hours watch-standing at the helm (a rotation with others of 4 hours on, 8 hours off), therefore the day becomes full time.

    When "charter" guests are onboard (guests that are paying to be aboard by the day), there is remuneration for the Workawayer of $100 (for San Blas) or $75 (for Costa Arriba) per day for the same number of days that the guests are paying for. For the extra effort to help prepare for and clean up after guests, you will receive an extra $100 (San Blas) or $75 (Costa Arriba) per charter. So, for example, charter guests pay for 4 days at San Blas, you would receive $500. Two days at Costa Arriba would be $225. Occasionally, you will receive gratuities from such departing guests.

    When there are "hotel" guests onboard who pay for overnight stays in the marina, there is remuneration of $50 per day to assist them for the number of days (nights) that the guests are paying for, including preparation of breakfast and help with water sports. For the extra effort to help prepare beforehand and clean up after departure, you will receive an extra $25 per charter per room occupied. If additional meals are requested by guests and prepared by you, you will receive $5 per person for lunch and $5 per person for dinner (we don't charge room or meals for children under age 3). So, for example, 4 adults and one 2 year old child occupy 2 rooms, stay 2 days, and order lunch and dinner onboard during one of those days, you would receive: $50 x 2 days, plus $25 x 2 rooms, plus $5 x 4 persons x 2 meals = $190. Occasionally, you will receive gratuities from these departing guests.

    When Capt. Fred together with family or friends are aboard (persons who are not paying for a charter or hotel stay), when sailing to any location, or during stays in the marina, the remuneration is $50 per day or partial day that they are onboard, including preparation before arrival, meals, activities, and clean up after. This is basically the same job for you as when paid guests are aboard, but there is no revenue for the boat. If the person aboard is Capt. Fred (without family or guests), another crewmember, or another Workawayer, they are there for work and your assistance is needed, but there is no remuneration.

    When an outgoing Workawayer is training an incoming Workawayer during charter, the renumeration is for the outgoing Workawayer.

    Prior sailing experience is of interest ** but not required *** so please be clear about any prior sailing or boating experience in your inquiry. Also, please indicate your ability and experience with creative cooking, which is at a high level when guests are onboard. If you have any other specific experience that you are willing to share (such as with computers, mechanical or electrical maintenance, painting, woodworking, etc...), please also explain. There is also the possibility to work on the website, video editing, Instagram and Facebook posting, etc... so if you are interested and have that type of experience, please also include that. In any case, we will tailor the opportunity to suit your interests as much as possible.

    There are return possibilities.... some Workawayers have returned within a year from their first opportunity, and some have returned several times. Returning Workawayers get first priority for future openings.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

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  • Accommodation


    A private cabin with private bathroom when available, which is generally when at a marina or at anchor. When a large number of guests are aboard, accommodation may only be a single crew bunk or sofa inside, or a hammock outside (your choice), with limited shared bathroom facilities. Food for you will be the same as for the group aboard, or as you like to prepare at times when you are alone.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You may enjoy swimming, snorkling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, sun on a beach or the catamaran trampoline, snooze in a hammock, drive the outboard dingy, fishing, etc... (what you can do will depend on your interests, the location of the boat, and schedule). The snorkeling equipment, paddleboards, kayaks, fishing rods, and a dingy with outboard motor are provided onboard. Plenty off books and magazines related to sailing. Practice new recipes for cooking during upcoming charters. Help sail a big sailboat. Make friends within the sailing community and within the indiginous Guna indian population. Read, enjoy fresh air and sun!

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Average 2 hours per day when alone, more when sailing, and more with remuneration when guests are onboard as further detailed in the opportunity.

Host ref number: 415872424819