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This is a guide to would be offshore passage makers on sailing vessels detailing the type of questions and answers one should seek, in my opinion, from Vessel Owners/Captains regarding the Vessel/Captain and crew for the intended passage. It has been compiled by myself from my own experiences, hardships, encounters, tribulations and listening to counless sailors at beach side bars complaining about conditions re the vessel or the personel on board,over 35 years of sailing on numerous types of vessels. I''M constantly asked how do I always seem to be on board good vessels and with excellent Skippers.

It is intended to help the would be passage maker from enduring, suffering and making the same mistakes similiar to the ones I used to experienced and perhaps you are going to experience,when deciding which, or whether to sail on a particular vessel or with a particular Captain. Particularly if you are unable to view the vessel, meet with the Captain and you are communicating via the internet by e-mail in response to crew wanted postings. It would still be valuable if you are able to view the vessel and meet with the Captain. It will guide you in what to look for and the state/condition of fittings, apparatus, equipment and gear, crewing agreements, terms & conditions on board, attitudes of Owners/Captains, expectations and liabilities.

It is extensive, informative, professional and not general or in vague terms, in fact a critical analysis. Time is money these days accordingly this guide will save you hours searching elsewhere if you can find it.

There is a small charge for this information of $30 U.S.

If you are interested in obtaining this information, please e-mail me at philclarke@ihug.co.nz and we can proceed from there.

You can check my credentials at my web site,


Cheers and have a better than average day.
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