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Getting help to move a boat

Hello,

I may be purchasing a used boat in the Galveston Bay area, Texas.

I live in Canada, and am in the process of selling everything in order to move onto the boat this summer. My goal is to cruise in the Caribbean for a few years.

The question I have is, how do I find someone to help me sail the boat from Texas to the leewards?

I don't have enough experience yet to do this alone.

Is there a resource website somewhere that I can visit to find this kind of help?

Thanks,
Tanny
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I think you can advertise for crew/captain on sailnet. There's also several other sites around that do this as well.
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Hej Tanny, me again..Not stalking promise!
It depends on where you want to cruise and your schedule mostly.
from Texas you could merrily cruise down the Mexican coast down to Belize and Panama and make some easting before having a great run north if your east Canada, or if your from BC, punch through to FL, go play in the Bahamas, either take the thorny passage through past Cuba and down to Jamaica/Panama or run out to the i65 (65th parallel) and head south for the BVI's/Caribbean
I have friend doing both right now. Ones from Alaska and transiting Panama right now, heading for Hawaii and then Alaska, the others are from Argentina/Columbia and they are just about to transit Galapagos bound.
Lots of options, but try to use the wind and give yourself as much time as you can afford (and then squeeze a little more). You won’t regret it- better life
Happy sailing and fair winds
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Oh, btw.. Facebook was where my Alaskan friend found all the sailing help he needed and it was FOC.. If you have a sound boat, and you are a sensible easy enough person to get on with, you should find no shortage of crew offers, often with tons of experience, which you will get in plenty of quantity and quantity when you get out on the water.
If you need some re-assurance, take an coastguard captains or RYA yacht master course. You will gain huge confidence from these courses and they are worth it for sure.

Have fun with your adventures
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