Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Clemson, SC
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Re: Seeking life wisdom, and an opportunity to crew on a passage
Hey guys, I really like where this thread is going. I enjoy a good discussion on these topics, and it is really starting to help me get a handle on some basic preparations.
findrichard: thanks for the book title. I will do some perusing online.
svzephyr: I really appreciate your input. I completely agree with you about contributions. I was also raised to show appreciation. I always bring beer/wine in the aforementioned situations. You bring up a great point about jumping on boats going along the east coast. Being in Clemson allows me to make quick trips to the coast for this situation, so that makes sense to me. It will also "get my foot in the door" so to speak. I suppose my original plan to just "hop on a boat" crossing the pond is quite impractical and probably ill-advised as you say. I have been in contact with a captain looking for crew from BVI to Turks and Caicos on his Lagoon 50+ft cat. this December. The sail is only about 5 days, but I think it will really give me some good fundamental experience. It will also be a downwind leg, so I'll get a chance to work with the spinnaker, etc. He said he will cover all food and drinks during the sail, I just need to cover travel expenses to/from the location. I may start another thread concerning that opportunity, but it is still a long ways off.
Argyle: thanks a ton! You make a great point about going up to the Beaufort/Morehead City area. I did my MS research in New Bern, and would take day trips to that area, it's beautiful. I could definitely see myself working/living there at least temporarily. I am going to keep attempting to find crew opportunities (right now searching for the summer time, because I may begin school in the fall). I never considered spring/fall migration, which also seems like a great way to build my experience. Thanks!