Help us to re-fit a classic sailing schooner, moored in Rome, Italy



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    Well where do we start....Our boat....... Sandra (the 1st mate a professional Chief Stewardess for the rich and famous) and Steve (A marine engineer/Captain) happened upon this mighty vessel laying rusting in the Tiber looking a little sorry for herself in 2014 during our worldwide quest for the ideal adventure ship. One hazy evening moons ago an idea formed (possibly influenced by some wine) to buy a worthy vessel affordable within our means...and come hell or high water using our skills make her the finest vessel to grace the seven seas..A foolhardy plan one may admit...but a bloody good idea nonetheless.

    Well now we have her...what to do what to do...or more realistically what not to do.

    Stage 1....fix her.

    Stage 2....initially we planed to sail her around world as a charter vessel.
    Our ideas have evolved, seeing the world wake up to the crisis we are faced with with regard to the environment, we have decided to do our bit for the planet and focus on efforts into becoming a sustainable ship dedicated to missions in helping combat climate change.

    We are not sailing yet, as we are working hard in the ship yard to make safe and sound. We plan to take her into the big blue by the end of this year.

    A huge part of what we do now, is documenting our progress as we work, get the boat ready, live our day to day lives and prepare for the missions ahead.

    Who do we need?...obvious skills are boatbuilders, carpenters, engineers, painters (the list of boat jobs goes on) thing to consider...5-6 people in a small, cleaning and general upkeep come top of the pile as far as skills go.

    Hugely desirable attributes currently would be film making/editing, column writing (to help us document it all).

    Dedication & Aspiration...Ladies and Gentlemen....We could say hey...workaway stipulates 5 hours a day.This is a little different...sure you might be working dusk to dawn being shown how to get the perfect finish on a piece of timberwork, you might carry on into the wee small hours learning the true meaning of splicing the mainbrace....however you will also take some valuable skills from that experience learning from your fellow work-awayers and the regular procession of skilled professionals we have spending time on-board, you will be proud of what you achieved and a feeling of genuine satisfaction in a job well done and a skill well learnt is something money can't buy...that said it's not all work and no play.... you are becoming a sailor...everyone knows sailors have more fun than most, all work and no know the rest!

    Please please please feel free to get in touch. We wish I could say yay to every request, and will try to take as many people on as practicably possible.

    We look forward to hearing from you all and we look forward to meeting as many of you as we can.

    Steve & Sandra

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Opportunities outside Guys and Gals they are abundant...we are moored in the world famous Tecnomar shipyard...not famous for gin palaces and expensive cocktails...famous for real people the world over, a true blue water sailors retreat. The characters you will meet are...well they are characters by accomplishment. They talk, they travel, they party and they sail. Several previous workawayers have left with new career in hand, have sailed on to the French Riviera on the finest classics afloat and lived to tell the tale. That much is up to you.

    And what of Fiumicino, try a google search or two...35 minutes from Rome Centre...5 minutes from the best of Rome...

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    She is a boat...the list of marine professional skills which she could enjoy in her refit is almost endless. If Port & Starboard are terms you remember from pirates of the Caribbean you will leave us with more nautical terms than you could shake a tiller at.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Gaelic (Scottish): Fluent
    Lithuanian: Fluent
    Russian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have 3 spare cabins on board, two twins and one four berth crew cabin. Take your pick before joining the rest of the crew for dinner in the crew mess.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are just a few kilometres form Rome Fiumicino airport in a quaint traditional Italian family Tiber river shipyard. The nearest Roman ruins are less than a kilometre away, the Romans spend their weekends in the beach at the end of our road, and if you want to hit the colloseum a quick walk, 5 minutes on the bus 20 minutes (ish) on the metro and you are there.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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