Re: Crew, Captain and Owner Feedback
I write to recommend Rockdawg as capable crew to all captains. Here are some details.
I met Rockdawg on sailnet. After sailing single-handed for 3 years without any modern equipment or electronics (not even roller furling headsail), I realized that it was challenging, and certainly educational, but the more you learn the more you realize that single-handing offshore, or even coastal cruising requires some unnecesary risks. Although, I have no hesitation to single-hand, and will undoubtedly do so in the future, having a crew like Rockdawg makes any trip more enjoyable and relaxing.
I sail a Passport 37' sloop and have sailed about 500 miles with Rockdawg as my only crew during the last year or so, on several trips, including offshore from Rhode Island to the Cape May, New York to Cape May, and inside between the Chesapeake and the Jersey coast.
Rockdawg is a Chinese-American who is a doctorate level professional. He is a consumate gentleman, and is a renaissance-type individual who has a wide variety of skills that are particularly useful on a sailboat. His mission to become a solo-circumnavigator has already brought him to cross the Gulf Stream 4 or 5 times in the last year as crew on other sailing vessels, and his accumulated knowledge of every major mechanical and electrical system on sailboats is impressive. Did I mention that he is an accomplished chef and can prepare an above average meal in a rough sea?
Rockdawg is a reliable, knowledgable, polite, loyal, and skilled sailor, who is always advancing his education and experience in the world of sailing. He has an ingenuity and work ethic that is uncommon nowadays. He is comfortable with both taking the captains directions, or taking the initiative in making independent decisions to advance the objectives of the passage in a safe and skillful manner. "Reliability" cannot be underestimated when you pick a crew member...especially when you only have 1 crew! Rockdawg will be the last man standing when the going gets rough. He would always rather be offshore in a sailboat than most any other place.
Rockdawg has become a valued friend of mine with whom I hope to share future sailing adventures. Whenever I sail now, I will call Rockdawg first, and if you are fortunate enough to find him available as crew on one of your trips then you can rest assured that you will be getting a first class gentleman and sailor to help make your passage safe, happy, and successful.
I welcome any specific questions or inquiries about my experiences with Rockdawg as crew, and close by simply saying that I give him my highest recommendation and reference to any sailor.
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