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I've realized that it's not possible for me to cruise solo. A female partner would be ideal. But if only crew that good too.
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You might consider giving at least one detail, other than looking for a female, if you are serious.


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Sure no problem; I sail a Cape Dory 36 Cutter and I'm looking for one or two crew. Returning to Annapolis, MD from Southport, NC. Limited experience is OK as I plan traveling via the ICW. Leaving Southport mid-March.

Came from Annapolis late October solo and need crew for return trip due to medical issue. Inner ear problem (Menieres disease) results in vertigo. It's not a critical problem but the occurrence is unpredictable and I'm no good at the helm until I recover. Otherwise, I'm healthy.
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I sail a Cape Dory 36 Cutter and I'm looking for one or two crew. Returning to Annapolis, MD from Southport, NC. Limited experience is OK as I plan traveling via the ICW. Leaving Southport mid-March.

Came from Annapolis late October solo and need crew for return trip due to medical issue. Inner ear problem (Menieres disease) results in vertigo. It's not a critical problem but the occurrence is unpredictable and I'm no good at the helm until I recover. Otherwise, I'm healthy.
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You asked for feedback in the crew/captain thread. I hope you will forgive me for choosing to post a response here.

First, I did an owner aboard delivery for a gentleman that had a similar problem to yours. He's doing better now. My customer didn't have Ménière's, just similar symptoms. I hope you have hope of improvement with time.

I suggest that looking for a partner makes some crew candidates less likely to respond.

Pictures of your boat would probably help you.

Listing responsibility of your crew would probably help. In your situation, what is your recovery time from an episode? Frequency? What financial arrangements do you anticipate? Cooking? Cleaning? Cruising plan? Will you be pushing for distance or dawdling and visiting?

There will be a different response for "I have one or two episodes per month and recover in an hour or so. I'm a retired chef with 3 Michelin stars. Get to and from the boat and I'll cover everything aboard" and "I have four or five episodes a week and take four or five hours to recover. I have lots of cans of Hormel chili on the boat. Split costs on everything aboard - food, fuel, mooring, repairs."

You just have to let people know.

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Thanks, I appreciate the feedback. Your right I have left out too many details. And, I think my posting in the Looking for Companionship forum was mostly due to frustration.
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My plan is to leave Southport about the 15th of March and travel at an easy pace.
Six or seven hours a day is max. I'm not in a rush and would like to make Annapolis by the first week of April.

I'm looking for volunteer crew (this is not a paid position).

The vertigo episodes are usually not too bad or frequent. It normally takes me an hour or two to recover. It only happened twice on the way here. Once in the Camp Jejune gunnery range (Swansboro to Swan Point) and I just pulled over to the side of the canal and dropped anchor. The second time was the next day and I was lucky enough to get crew from another boat to help me for a few hours.

1. Wrightville Beach (anchor)
2. Swan Point Marina
3. Swansboro (anchor)
4. Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
5. Oriental, NC (anchor) or Broad Creek
6. Belhaven, NC marina
7. Alligator River (anchor)
8. Coinjock Bay (anchor)
9. Pungo Ferry, VA (anchor)
10. Norfolk, VA (anchor)
11. Salt Ponds marina
12. Mobjack, VA (shallow anchorage)
13. Reedville, MD
14. Solomon Island, MD
15. Annapolis, MD

The Cape Dory is a traditional design and the cabin space is small. Also the dinghy is small and we may need to shuttle with more than on crew.
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Re: Looking for Crew/Partner

I've seen stranger things happen, so good luck. Women that barely met the skipper days before and hop aboard to cross Newport to Bermuda. I wonder what they're thinking (other than getting to Bermuda). I guess some guys have a gift.

If you get someone to be your "partner" for a two week cruise up the ICW, you have to let us know. It keeps me from taking anything for granted. Less surprised, if you find voluntary crew, but that's a pretty boring trip for sailing bums that are looking to build a resume.


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So negative...
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If you get someone to be your "partner" for a two week cruise up the ICW, you have to let us know. It keeps me from taking anything for granted. Less surprised, if you find voluntary crew, but that's a pretty boring trip for sailing bums that are looking to build a resume.
It would certainly be interesting but stranger things have happened. I know a number of people that have become crew and even partners over the Internet.

Of course there are two parties to every relationship, and the skipper/owner should be as cautious as potential crew.

Life is full of risks, including big ones like stepping into a bathtub.

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Re: Looking for Crew/Partner

If the objective of OP is clear and well defined and his objective is to move his boat in a safe manner and least with risk, then gender is a non-issue. Without know all the details, my experience is that male crews are much easy to find and sleeping arrangement is often easier. It is just because there are more males out there wanting to sail or gain experiences. Either gender can be a good crew.

If OP wants to shoot two birds with one stone, the objectives of finding a crew and a partner will become more difficult if not impossible given amount of time and many other things.

Sailing or motoring in ICW is boring to many, but for those who have not done it, it is an experience that worth the time. So go ahead to find a good crew, check their references. OTOH, be sure to be honest about your ability and boat condition. So no parties will have any surprises.

Good luck on moving your boat.
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