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Transatlantic crew wanted

I have Pacific Seacraft 34 Cutter and need to get it from Florida to the UK.

The boat is full equipped and in good order.

I have no sailing experience so am looking for 2 level headed crew members, well experienced plus navigation skills with confidence for the crossing.

No wages but all expenses will be paid.
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When are you planning to do this voyage? We are getting well into Hurricane season so there is potential weather issue. Please send me your email address if you'd like to discuss further.
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Considering that you HAVE NO SAILING EXPERIENCE, what you need is a delivery captain and at least one experienced crew member...not two crew members. I doubt you'll get someone to volunteer to work a passage as a delivery captain for only expenses. Being the captain sets certain responsibilities on the person, both legal and moral.

I would point out that doing a long passage like that with only two experienced sailors is going to be pretty difficult on the two sailors, as they will be forced to do most of the watches at least until you get some experience, and a two-person watch system is pretty tough.

Mirari's point about the timing is also a good one. Generally, to cross from the US to the UK, you want to leave in April or May, preferably mid-May. Crossing anytime between now and mid-November is asking to get clobbered by the Atlantic Hurricane season, and this season is supposed to be a pretty bad one.

Also, is the boat new to you? Did you just buy or otherwise acquire it? If so, how do you know what shape it is in? Even a survey by best surveyor will often miss things that may be important when you are 1000 miles from land. Does it have an EPIRB, RADAR, GPS, a windvane, a watermaker, solar panels, etc.? How self-sufficient is the boat? Does it have the proper store of spare parts and tools for a trans-Atlantic crossing?


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Well mate,you have left it late. Florida no place to embark from to Blighty. You will need to get well north for the prevailing westerlies,and unless you leave right now,you run the risk of being caught,mid ocean by a hurricane.You dont want to be there mate! Sugest you make your way north this season,get your vessel outta there. Get used to sailing her.Does she have autopilots? Windvane? Safety gear? EPIRB? Liferaft? Charts? GPS? You need to be very ready to tackle the north Atlantic. Embark next year from N.E. USA or canada. June,after winter gales and before tropical depressions. Get the vessel professionaly surveyed by someone whos done it. Then I would consider going..Cheers BILL s/v ICE BIRD
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