I'm James, 25 yrs old and travelling on and off for the past 5 years. I'm an active guy who loves to dream. One of my dreams was to sail and so I bought this sweet little sailing boat in 2018 without knowing the first thing about sailing! I spent a few months practicing in Puerto Rico before setting sail for Colombia to help a friend get her scuba diving shop going. Then I took some time off the boat, travelling Colombia, Europe, and back home for a bit. It has been almost a full year since I saw my boat, and I'm sure that there's lots to do, and I'm excited to get to work. And I'd be even more excited to have some good, fun help with me!
My boat, is back in order and in the water since the new year! Special thanks to ET, another Workaway host who helped me for the last month :). The goal now is to start teaching people how to sail - doing 3 day and 7 day courses here in the san Blas (Kuna Yala). For this I would love help taking nice photos, artwork in the forward cabin, and in marketing the project.
——Update March 3 ——
Everything is going well. Projects getting done nearly every day and have received some bookings for the sailing school, woo! The next thing is to become better free diving. Any instructors out there who’d like to trade time on the boat and sailing lessons for free diving lessons? Let me know :)
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Computers/ Internet
I've participated on work away on the volunteer side and met some amazing people. I hope that I too, can give you a great experience of living on a sailing boat. It’s close quarters living and communication is super important. There are so many important life lessons that living on a boat has taught me. Responsibility, courage, creativity, and its a LOT of fun!
I’d like to exchange 1 or 2 weeks of sailing the san Blas for help getting my little sailing school going. Mainly with marketing and we share in cooking, cleaning, and general maintenance. Ideally you would leave knowing how to sail a boat, and I would have a beautiful website and marketing material to welcome guests.
Send a message if you’d be a good fit! Thanks, James :)
—Update January 21,2020—
The boat is, for the most part, all fixed up and sailing well. There are a few projects left and a few new ones. The most important are first..
-Paint mural in forward cabin
1. Clean clean clean! ✅
2. Paint hull (Artists welcome!)✅
3. Sand & varnish woodwork — in progress
4. Reinforce rigging
5. Secure the forward wood frame & fiberglass in place✅
6. Check condition of sails and repair as needed (I'm a terrible seamstress!)✅
7. Service diesel engine✅
8. Rebuild dingy engine (it went under water :( ) — in progress
About the boat:
She is a 27ft (8.5m) Halcyon from the UK. She was built in 1972 and is a super tough boat that handles well in heavy weather. She's not too fast, but small and easy to handle. She can be sailed single handed. Inside there is room for 2-3 people. Solar powered, lots of water and fuel storage. She's got a small fridge, and an amazing stove that moves with the ocean. She's just a dream to explore in!
I always give guests the forward cabin. It’s a sweet little space with some privacy and enough space for 1 person and your things, or a couple. I generally sleep in the galley or on deck. The ocean is the shower.
There is nothing but time here in the islands. I spend my days cooking, cleaning, fishing, swimming, kayaking, and visiting neighbor boats.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week