Sailing boat looking for talent in: freediving, marketing, painting in San Blas, Panama



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

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    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 :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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 :)

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    —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..

    -Facebook groups

    *Art project
    -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

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is nothing but time here in the islands. I spend my days cooking, cleaning, fishing, swimming, kayaking, and visiting neighbor boats.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 937397313529