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Joining a Chartered Trip

Looking for info on how I can join a chartered trip. I have been around sailing for many years and sailed many small sailboats (single and multi-hull), ones that I could flip and not have to worry about it, etc. Anyway, I am interested in taking a vacation to the Carribean and being on board a smaller sailboat where I am basically part of the crew for a week. I'm in top physical shape and would like to be hands on, learn as much as I can while having fun and seeing pretty sights, then maybe going to an intense training camp for more formal training.

Any recommendations for places to look or ways to join in on someones trip. I'm super laid back, easy to get along with, etc. so I should be an easy match for a trip wanting to split costs.

Thanks for any info.
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Welcome to Sailnet. You did not say where you are from. I would check with local sailing schools in your area. Many larger sailing schools will charter in the islands during the winter months and sell out berths on a first come first served basis. It addition they teach during the time on the boat and therefore you get bare boat cert.
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I'm From Chattanooga, TN

So I would plan on just flying down to the Carribean, where ever I need to go.
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Here is a link to a sailing school from New Jersey that might be offering what you are looking for.
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I'm not a part of a local sailing group but do know some folks that are, maybe I would need to contact them?
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Seems pretty high price

I have taken on crew to deliver boats to the Caribbean and some have had no experience. Since I really only needed extra eyes while I was sleeping I had no problem taking them on. I have NEVER had anyone pay for the privilege of working on the boat. THEIR basic compensation was food and $100.00 a day plus return ticket. If they are going to pay to be on a boat then the boat is a commercial vessel and this changes all the rules. Beware because if you are injured you are on your own, also if left in a foreign port you also have no recourse. I guess this is the difference between a professional captain an some one who wants you to foot the bill for their trip.
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