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|08-04-2009 09:44 PM|
shang hai (:D)
Just returned to Clearwater hours ago, just having the best diesel mechanic I can find look over my engine. Come by clearwater marina, soon as the engine gets a once (maybe twice) over and food restock we're ready, can have you sailing the gulf within days, New orleans in a week, and can talk about you staying or greyhounding back. If not, if you know anyone that would enjoy sailing send them over to clearwater municiple marina (someone who wouldn't go overboard) smarter the better and a great sense of balance, Shane Bruce.
|08-02-2009 10:04 AM|
I'm still interested in any trips I can take after September. I actually do have a little bit of experience now after spending 2 weeks on a wooden sailboat from the 1930's. I can't go without the cat though!!!
|07-27-2009 06:32 PM|
|smbruce||ok ms. williams, your on. Clearwater to NOLA and thereabouts, you just have to cover your food (in case daily canned spinach, spam and grapefruit juice every day isn't to your liking), and the cat's fare. expect 6 days, ready first part of August.|
|07-26-2009 11:50 AM|
|adventurer360||hey ill send you a message if you're still interested.|
|05-22-2009 10:21 PM|
Sorry to be negative but your biggest issue is going to be your cat. I don't know anybody that will be amenable to someone else's pet on board. And I know how hard it is to leave a loved pet behind. We have an Abyssinian who will go sailing with us when we go, no matter how much trouble he's going to be.
But I wouldn't accommodate someone else's animal.
|05-21-2009 12:51 PM|
Just one more comment. Have you considered the Coast Guard
or the Navy? Granted its not sailing, but you might get a chance
to see some real blue water.
|05-20-2009 10:08 AM|
Looking for work aboard
Good answer from Hellosailor.
Even small marinas sometimes have groups, sailing
associations etc that get out and race around the
bouy on weekends, and sometimes need crew.
You can learn from each other in this type of
enviornment. Hang around the marinas a little bit
and meet a few people. Find out when they have
their get togethers, which can be pretty casual.
As for myself, I agree about the pets. A cruising
couple on a long cruise, might have a pet or two.
Someone looking to be crew, I don't think so.
Also don't expect to get paid to be crew, and
expect to pay your own way for your food and
any extras. Unless you have an actual position on
a large yacht, cruise ship etc, or until you have
as much or more experience than the people who
are taking you on, you pay your own way.
(You might find a generous captain who will take
you on for free, but this is not always the case)
S/V Daruma One
|05-08-2009 08:53 AM|
|Bene505||Looks like MrWuffles (on other site) won't be able to spend July with us. I'll PM you, maybe we can work something out. NY, MA, RI is where we cruise.|
|05-08-2009 08:41 AM|
Originally Posted by JLynn View Post
You sound pretty easy going, and a bit of fun. Music is definitely always welcome on a boat, there is nothing better than sundowner's and goodtimes around a guitar with good company. I do have to say this - Please beware unscrupolous skipper's with perhaps alternative agendas.
You seem to have a good plan, learn a bit locally, and as someone has already said hit the sail clubs for opportunities to get out there and learn the craft of sailing.
If you ever get to my part of world (Australia) let me know, and I will show you some of the secret and amazing local breaks!
|05-08-2009 02:06 AM|
Hi Jess, and welcome to Alcoholics Anonymous. Oh, wait a minute, wrong forum.
Traveling to other countries with a pet--any pet--is going to be problematic. Cruising with a cat onboard, a stopper for many sailors who just don't want to know about livestock and litter boxes. And, sadly, cats don't understand "Stay out of the water when there's no lifeguard on duty!".
I'd suggest checking out the local yacht clubs to find out which ones have weeknight and weekend racing programs. Racers *always* are looking for pickup crew, and if you simply get to the docks before the boats are leaving (often an hour before race start times) wearing appropriate boat shoes, with your own sailing gloves, etc., there's usually someone who had crew cancel and is willing to settle for an eager willing body rather than nothing at all.
If you ask around, sometimes the clubs keep a "crew available" list, sometimes folks are willing to chat and just take you out for a day ride to help you get started.
Be honest about your experience, ask around, let folks know they can get you on short notice if they need crew, and you'll find you can pick up a lot.
If you're not interested in racing--do it anyway. Racing may have too much mucho and overdrive, but it also teaches you how to sail fast and sail well, and those skills transfer right over into cruising and daysailing.
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