Last weekend we moved our boat from Glen Cove to Montauk. We spent the winter in Glen Cove (with occasional trips to Stamford) and the marina siad they had no room for us to stay an extra 3 weeks (for $1,000). Actually they said, "We'd love to take your money, but we have no room."
So I called DavidPM and he made the trip with my son, my son's friend, and me. Firstly, it was great to only have to make one call. In the past I've posted for crew on Sailnet and got good responses from competent crew. I knew we needed one more person for the trip this time.
Plan A was to stay in Port Jefferson overnight and depart at first light. Plan B was to go through the night. Our float plan with David's wife (and communications with my son's friend's parents) indicated those 2 plans ahead of time. Prior to departure, because of forecast lousy weather (rain) the next day, we decided to execute Plan B.
On my watch, I let David sleep a little extra. I needed to do some project clean-up before hitting the sack. After that, I simply thought he could use the extra sleep. There were no other boats on the sound except for the Port Jeff Ferry, whom I talked with, to make sure I was staying out of her way.
David took over at 11:30 PM. It started raining soon after. I brought him microwaved hot soup at 12:30. Then I slept. He had the helm while it rained.
David had the helm until 6:00 AM, letting me sleep extra. Either that, or he wanted to do Plum Gut on his own
in calm conditions. The rain had stopped; the visibility was excellent.
He's an incredible asset to any sailing trip.
David has logged many miles since he first joined us for the "Sailnet" trip 2+ years ago, where we had a crew gathered from this forum and 50 knot winds in the sound for most of the trip. He has a good sense of wisdom, and inherent caution. He's nickname is "The Sailing Sherpa" because he'll help get you and your boat to it's destination, while he builds sea-days for his captain's license.
If you want some help with a trip, I highly recommend him. For now, it will only cost you some sandwiches, canned soup, snacks and ginger ale. Once he get's his license he'll probably charge something more. I hope so, he's worth it.
Full disclosure: I'm not related to David, not related to any of his friends, etc. He didn't know ahead of time that I'm posting this.
There are some pictures of the trip in other people's cameras, just not mine.