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Current plan: We're currently in the Florida Keys heading to Bahamas for a month or two then on to Colombia and Panama.
This leg I'm looking for crew for about 2-8 weeks beginning around October 15th to join in Nassau or Georgetown, Bahamas to Panama. Eventually on to the South Pacific and Australia. But hey, that might take a year.
On Availability: I do not plan far in advance. It's simply impossible. The only problem is that I can only take you with short notice. So, It's almost always last minute, but can stay for a long time. If the calendar thingy is confusing, that's why. That's just boat life.
Sailing, diving, fishing, spear fishing, beach fires, dolphins, uninhabited islands, fun locals, beer, music, general fun with an occasional dash of terror (sharks, storms, or dodgy coral reef navigation).
Meet the captain: I worked for BP as an oil refinery operator in Texas City, Texas for 5 years. Think Homer Simpson’s job, but more lazy. Discovered a way to escape the rat race, bought my boat and have been sailing ever since. That was 7 years ago. Now I have over 20,000 miles of Caribbean island hopping experience, 6 Gulf of Mexico crossings, 2 trans-Atlantic crossings, trained over 50 people how to sail, and have become an expert Coconut Husker.
FYI, it's boat life; we spend a lot of time together, like ALL of it, so I'm very picky about finding people whom I think will fit together. Also, replies to messages tend to be terribly slow. We do a lot, seriously, we're constantly in motion, so the new crew slice is pretty small on my pie of attention. Don't be upset if you don't hear back from me or get a short answer no.
Whenever it comes to crew its basically a HELL YES! or it's a no.
Help with Eco Projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Cliff diving, scuba diving, free diving, yoga, aerial silks, lyra, pole-dancing, spearfishing, marksmanship, archery, cloud navigation, celestial navigation, reef navigation by eyesight, modern navigation, fishing, cleaning the animals you harvest from goat to fish to snails and how to cook them, wake-boarding, paragliding, power-paragliding, spinnaker flying, how to drive small boats, big boats, sail boats, navigating traffic, engine repair diesel and gasoline, fiberglass repair, wood working, welding, electrical repair AC and DC systems, refrigeration, distillation, beer brewing, wine making, pasta making, bread making, making coconut oil, making memories, making friends, making a serious lifestyle change, and for some, making it a new way of life.
This is probably going to be one of the most wonderful experiences of your life...
How this works: Crew, cleans, fishes, learns to sail (and sails), stands watches, helps with videography, and helps with general boat maintenance. I provide the boat, training, and I captain the boats.
What I require of you: Must be able to swim. Reasonably fit. Can cook well, like good. Cool with eating fish. Lots of fish. Your relationship status with sea sickness can't be bad or worse. Passport, obviously. You play well with others. Pull your weight with ship duties. And you must follow orders. Also, this is work away, not a holiday. You are expected to learn and help. I am not paying for your vacation (I was burned by my last workawayers, but I'm giving it another chance).
Most importantly, being a clean and tidy person is paramount in our small floating house. If you have unwashed dishes in your sink at this moment, you're probably not a good fit.
What I don’t require of you: Sailing experience. In fact, I typically prefer if you have none.
Nice skills to have: Cooking, cooking, cooking, filming, photography, cleaning (and general tidiness), cooking, and musicians are always wonderful to have. Cooking.
A note on diet: That is, if you have diet restrictions, I will not take you. It adds too much complication to an already complicated and delicate system. Sorry folks. Anddd it should be mentioned we occasionally kill a goat, so that too (you needn't be part of that process, unless you want to learn about protein harvesting.)
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About Windy: she is an ocean going 45 foot Beneteau Oceanis 440 sloop-rigged monohull. She has 3 rooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, living room, and large cockpit. However, you may not have your own cabin. Preference is given to crew with most time on Windy.
About Miss E: she is 56 foot Fountaine Pajot Marquesas 56 sloop rigged catamaran. She has 8 cabins, 5 bathrooms, a kitchen, bar, living room with cocktail area, large cockpit, and plenty of deck space. You'll typically have your own cabin on Miss E. She's basically a fast moving hotel.
More specifics: Fridges, freezers, stoves, ovens, air conditioners (though we hardly use them), generators, water makers, SCUBA dive compressor, 8 sets of SCUBA gear, spear guns, heavy fishing rods and reels, guitars, and a flying machine.
Money: I cover all expenses related to the boat and boat operations, including your place to sleep. Food is included. When ashore, you pay for your own meals/drinks, but you are welcome to stay on the boat and cook your own meals for free. Also, alcohol is not included in normal boat operations. This is typically divided among those who drink.
Destination and time: I typically have a rough idea of where I want to get to, but that is subject to change at my discretion. You also have influence in this decision. Therefore, the time is always subject to change. Moreover, we may not ever reach where we intend to go. (I once stayed in Mexico for a year because it was awesome.) You are welcome to get on or off at any time. I do not take crew with booked tickets, not can I commit to any plans more than a few weeks in advance. You must always be prepared to get off at anytime. Due to the nature of crew and boats, if our relationship or your relationship with other crew goes south, you will be asked to leave immediately.
Safety-ish specifics: SwitLik 6 person offshore life raft, 1 ship EPIRB satellite beacon, 4 personal EPIRB satellite beacons, SPOT messenger, Delorme InReach Satellite messenger, radar, and single sideband radio.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Despite being a boat, we are usually near land. And land usually has wifi or cell phone service.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week