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Join Date: Sep 2005
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Head down to any nearby marina/yacht club, introduce yourself and get some experience crewing for others. This should be easy to do anywhere there's a casual racing program. And before you say "I'm not into racing" - it's the racers who need crew, and the learning curve is very steep if you're hard working, reliable and pay attention. Probably the biggest thing is to show up when you say you will, rain or shine.
You'll learn tons quickly, perhaps get to experience different boat types and be much more informed when the time comes to make your own leap/purchase.
Certainly you can achieve those dreams, but it's going to take time and it's going to cost some serious coin to do it right.
DO NOT answer a classified ad from someone needing a crew to head to the Azores right away... there's no place more confined than a small boat at sea, and nothing is more escape-proof if things go south.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)