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Crew Opportunities

 

March 18, 2017

 

Update:

I now have a full crew for Silverheels' passage from Panama to Florida (described below). If you'd like to be considered for future voyages, please email me with all of the personal information requested below.

Thanks, and reef early!

                      

 

February 21, 2017

Sail aboard the ketch Silverheels from Panama to Florida ~ late March


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This late-March, I'm planning to sail the good ketch Silverheels from Bocas del Toro, Panama non-stop to Green Cove Springs (near Jacksonville), Florida, USA. I'd like to take along 2 or 3 crew for that 12-day offshore passage, male or female, but (sorry) no couples. Both Silverheels and I are experienced ocean voyagers. Check out my resume for details.

We'll set sail on or about March 25th, subject to the usual caveats: weather forecasts, jump-ups, karma, etc. Our route will carry us about 1,600 nautical miles from Bocas del Toro to Jacksonville, much of it running with the Gulf Stream. In addition to the 12 days of sailing, there'll be a couple of days at each end of the trip for preparation, decompression and straightening up, so plan to be aboard for a little over 2 weeks altogether.

  • Crewmembers pay for their transportation to and from the boat and chip in for groceries. The captain pays all boat expenses.

  • Non-US citizens MUST have a valid visa or visa exemption for the United States, and show it to the captain before moving aboard for the trip.

If you're interested in making this offshore passage, please email me with ALL of the following information:

  • A summary of your sailing experience

  • Any applicable skills you possess (mechanic, chef, medical, fishing, etc.)

  • Three (3) applicable references

  • Dietary restrictions/preferences (vegetarian, vegan, kosher, etc.)

  • Your physical description (sex, age, height, weight, physical condition, nationality, and recent photo)

  • Your schedule restrictions. (Can you wait around for a more favorable weather window? Do you need to get back by a certain date for work, school, etc?)

  • Where you saw my crew-wanted ad

  • Plus anything else you can think of to give me an idea of how you'd fit in and fare as a crew member.

One other thing: Please do not ask to come on this long ocean passage unless you know from actual experience that you don't get seasick offshore. It's OK if you use medication - pills, patches, whatever - to suppress the effects of seasickness, as long as you know in advance that they work for you without knocking you out, with the net result that you are not sick and can stand your watches, help sail the boat and cook when it's your turn. Seasickness is miserable; in rare cases it can be fatal, and there is no getting off the boat and onto land during an offshore passage. For your sake and everyone else's aboard, don't come if you don't know. Thanks.

I look forward to hearing from you,

 

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