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Seeking a solo skipper doing the live-aboard thing in the Caribbean.

Heaven is heaven is heaven is heaven... That's the way I've felt about the Caribbean from the time of my first experiences there. Thus, in my youth I haunted the place, living for varying periods in Virgin Gorda/BVI, in Bequia/the Grenadines, and in Providencia, Colombia. While I was eventually obliged to return to the States I did so with resolve that I would go back to the islands for my later years. That season is now upon me, and in the intervening period I have encountered nothing to change my impression or alter my intention.

While earlier I experienced the boating scene only as an observer, this time I wish to be a part of it. Much as I admire high-elevation skiers, and dauntless surfers – all, folks compelled to sport with the forces of nature as fully as human blood allows – I cannot say that the Perfect Storm is the society I seek. My preference runs to something more sedentary: living-aboard simply as a refreshing way of being present in the Southern Sea. A permanent arrangement is the target.

With this in mind I'm looking for a skipper of the same disposition who is soloing but might welcome a buddy simply for companionship... to share expenses... and help out with chores. “Soloing” is the operative word here. For me, more than two constitutes a melee. While I cannot boast sailing skills, the leisurely life I envision will allow plenty of time to acquire these for short, inter-island junkets. Hard sailing, as they say, is not something at this stage of my life I wish to tackle. Wouldn't we all love to retrace our steps and follow other trails, toy with tantalizing possibilities overlooked the first round? Certainly we would. But in the end we play the hand we're dealt and are grateful for the opportunity.

Peace and quiet are among my priorities, so living on the hook has great appeal. Scenics are key, and these we have in abundance among the islands. I enjoy writing and painting at all times, but currently world politics seem to demand our best efforts in trying to thwart dark forces at work. A conscionable person cannot give-up on humanity, but he can take steps to remove himself from the madness. Hence...

My research suggests that the island of Aruba is a superb year-round haven. All the Netherlands Antilles are out of the path of hurricanes, as are Margarita, Venezuela and Panama. Such spots seem ideal for undisturbed, day-to-day existence. If one is functioning within visa limits he might do six-months in the Netherlands Antilles, then six-months in Margarita, etc., etc.

This leisurely rambling of thought is presented merely to acquaint the reader with this individual I invite you to know as T-Dawg. Presently my home is found among the lovely mountains around Eureka Springs, AR. Soon I will return again to the fine old lands of the Caribbean Sea.

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Re: Seeking a solo skipper doing the live-aboard thing in the Caribbean.

Welcome aboard
You may try sailopo.com. Hank may be able to find someone to take you on.

I would recommend some short trips first.

You will have to come up with more personal information to even get someone to want to talk to you.
Hopefully you have some skills or experience to offer.
Good Luck.

Doesn't have to be a solo sailor either. Sometimes couples with children like to have a spare hand as caring for the boat and children can be difficult.
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Re: Seeking a solo skipper doing the live-aboard thing in the Caribbean.

For Davidpm

Now there's a sharp guy and swift. I only now just registered – and bingo! Nice looking couple on that profile.

Thanks for the welcome. A lot of solid advice there. Will talk to Hank.

Your beeswax dictum gave me a laugh.
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Re: Seeking a solo skipper doing the live-aboard thing in the Caribbean.

Looks like it is just you and me hear mr. dog.

There are lots of folks watching this forum.
If you care to divulge some more information you might get some interest.

If you asked some questions about how much it costs to live in the islands on a boat and what it is like you might find out some stuff that would cause you to change your mind.

You might want to try to get into the head of the people you are trying to get an invitation from.
Most of the boats that you might get to live on cost from 50k to 200k. Yes their are boats that are worth a lot more and some worth almost nothing but whatever the cost it most likely represents a large portion of the captains net worth.

The actual living space on these boats is somewhere around the size of a bathroom to the size of a bedroom.

That space has to contain all the mechanicals including engine, kitchen, bathroom, tanks for fresh water and fuel and septic.

The boat is very susceptible to being damaged by someone who doesn't understand boat systems. You could very likely cause serious damage on a boat just because you don't know how they work.

So you can see that if someone has invested a great deal of their fortune to live in a very small fragile space they are probably not going to be too excited about acquiring a stranger for a roommate.


I have heard that there are several guys that would entertain sharing their boat with a 26 year old yoga instructor who recently taught the diesel course for Max Boring and rounded off her resume with an ABYC electrical certification and and always packed a set of gauges for refrigeration in her luggage. A nitrox scuba certification with a couple years working for Brian Toss would be considered positives. Cooking, cleaning and laundry would of course be a given.


If you want an idea of what a skipper may be looking for check out this crew requirement list.
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2Dn...9VaGFUcW8/edit

In short you might think about what you could bring to the table that would tip the balance and focus on that when looking for a berth.

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Some of you post may be interpreted as you are looking to be lazy. I'm not saying you are since I don't know you.
And while kicking back and enjoying life is a worthwhile goal you may be surprised to know how much work it is to just live aboard a boat in the islands especially if you are anchored or moored out.
Just taking care of your daily necessities food, water laundry etc is a lot more work than in an apartment.

A lot of captains are worried that borders will add to their work. So while I understand your goal you may find it prudent to while you are looking for a berth to focus on what a hard worker you are rather than the kicking back and enjoying the sunsets part.
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Re: Seeking a solo skipper doing the live-aboard thing in the Caribbean.

For Davidpm

That much ink isn't spilled by skeptics. Skipper, you have a flair for interspersing charm with bellicosity, which, as you intend, is a winning combination. However, the site only offers valentines in one size.

Thankfully, I see through surfaces, and am willing to cull morsels of genuine helpfulness from occasional mischief. There are many worthwhile thoughts among your comments, and these are appreciated.

I have read widely on this subject for some while, and sailnet.com attracts a wealth of meaningful material. One picks-up a lot merely by browsing. Not least is the humor and spontaneity.

Thus far we have been alone in this thread because my writing marks me as a high-minded person. Not many folks identify with this. When a connection is made it will be precisely for this trait. My gravity and capability are self-evident. A fine man recognizes a fine man. It can't be otherwise. Your interest speaks well of you.

The success of my agenda does not depend on this site. We draw to ourselves the people we need. By appearing on forums such as this I am deliberately placing myself in traffic to make things easier for Providence. My encountering you through chat is, itself, a special gratification.

But none of this is intended to suggest that a dream-maker need be pleased with the result of his efforts. One has to wonder if the Deity could possibly be pleased with mankind. A humorist might say, life is a series of missteps. The best Educator is experience, and too often even this is overlooked or disregarded. Despite blessings and advantages, I have found that life is no cakewalk. I can recall only brief passages I would care to repeat. So, David, I know quite well there is no gold at the end of the rainbow. That is a given. We can only proceed by pursuing a sequence of ideas.

Thanks for being you. Thanks for the good luck of having you as a contemporary.
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Re: Seeking a solo skipper doing the live-aboard thing in the Caribbean.

Take ASA 101, 103 and 104 somewhere and maybe a CPR class, it'll make you more marketable and more of an asset while onboard
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Re: Seeking a solo skipper doing the live-aboard thing in the Caribbean.

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Looks like it is just you and me hear mr. dog.

There are lots of folks watching this forum.
If you care to divulge some more information you might get some interest.

If you asked some questions about how much it costs to live in the islands on a boat and what it is like you might find out some stuff that would cause you to change your mind.

You might want to try to get into the head of the people you are trying to get an invitation from.
Most of the boats that you might get to live on cost from 50k to 200k. Yes their are boats that are worth a lot more and some worth almost nothing but whatever the cost it most likely represents a large portion of the captains net worth.

The actual living space on these boats is somewhere around the size of a bathroom to the size of a bedroom.

That space has to contain all the mechanicals including engine, kitchen, bathroom, tanks for fresh water and fuel and septic.

The boat is very susceptible to being damaged by someone who doesn't understand boat systems. You could very likely cause serious damage on a boat just because you don't know how they work.

So you can see that if someone has invested a great deal of their fortune to live in a very small fragile space they are probably not going to be too excited about acquiring a stranger for a roommate.


I have heard that there are several guys that would entertain sharing their boat with a 26 year old yoga instructor who recently taught the diesel course for Max Boring and rounded off her resume with an ABYC electrical certification and and always packed a set of gauges for refrigeration in her luggage. A nitrox scuba certification with a couple years working for Brian Toss would be considered positives. Cooking, cleaning and laundry would of course be a given.


If you want an idea of what a skipper may be looking for check out this crew requirement list.
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2Dn...9VaGFUcW8/edit

In short you might think about what you could bring to the table that would tip the balance and focus on that when looking for a berth.

PS
Some of you post may be interpreted as you are looking to be lazy. I'm not saying you are since I don't know you.
And while kicking back and enjoying life is a worthwhile goal you may be surprised to know how much work it is to just live aboard a boat in the islands especially if you are anchored or moored out.
Just taking care of your daily necessities food, water laundry etc is a lot more work than in an apartment.

A lot of captains are worried that borders will add to their work. So while I understand your goal you may find it prudent to while you are looking for a berth to focus on what a hard worker you are rather than the kicking back and enjoying the sunsets part.
I really don't have anything I can contribute to help the OP in his endeavor but I did want to thank you for posting a link to that questionnaire. The wording of that document not only shows some serious experience (both good and bad) with having dealt with crewmembers but should be a must read for anybody new to sailing that is looking to gain experience as crew on someone else's boat. It really highlights the importance of being realistic and brutally honest with expectations rather than living in a fantasy world inspired by Captain Ron and hoping for the best. Thanks for the post!
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