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04-29-2010 11:37 AM
Originally Posted by tte9836t View Post
I was a member of OPO for 2 or 3 years. The only reason I dropped out is that I returned to work, yea it's sad.
Same situation here.

I joined OPO to get bigger boat experience than just the daysailers I was familiar with. Gained the knowledge & experience to bareboat charter in the BVI.

After you join, you regularly receive emails detailing the immediate opportunities as well as voyages that are planned for the near future.

Hank is a well respected delivery captain and I can recommend OPO without hesitation.
04-18-2010 05:39 PM
SVAuspicious I've been with OPO for a couple of years. I've sailed about half-a-dozen times as crew and few times taken crew on my own boat. Overall I'm impressed. If you're going to join only one crewing organization I think OPO is the way to go.
04-18-2010 04:24 PM
tte9836t I was a member of OPO for 2 or 3 years. The only reason I dropped out is that I returned to work, yea it's sad.
OPO did a good job in both screening captain and crew. Trips are posted from overnight moves of a boat to multimonth cruises... one I particularly remember was to Antartica.
I'll join again once my schedule becomes more flexible.
01-24-2009 08:59 PM
I agree

i agree it can be a bit scary as well, however after your first trip the captains send hank an informal eval of you. For the most part hank knows the captains and once you are a member he will give you honest feedback about weather that particlar captain would be a good fit. Hank does the same for the captains.

It really is a great way for people to get experience, honestly i have learned more from my opo experience and sailed more with opo than i did when i had my own boat.

If you don't know people to crew with you or if your looking to crew i can honestly say this is the best and "safest" way to go. It certainly beets all the adds by male captains here "looking for female crew"...great fantacy but jesus get real.

OPO is really a great service.
01-24-2009 03:29 PM
Faster This has to be a better way to go than simply answering an ad... as we have seen here in these pages such escapades can go very sour in a hurry.

I am personally aware of 3 of 4 such sad stories... sounds good at a distance, you arrive at the boat - it's "not quite ready".. just a few days (weeks) of work, stick around.... the experienced, nice guy in the email turns into Capt Bligh with a lecherous eye. The lucky applicants are those who bolt before leaving port.

Presumably this outfit will do some vetting, giving you security in deciding to go - the testimonials above are encouraging.

But even so, setting out to sea on a boat you don't know with a captain/crew you don't know is still a bit scary to me......
01-24-2009 02:13 PM
ericmeury i did the same opo trip and another thru hank..both non paying, and non paid. Worked out great.
01-01-2009 06:30 PM

Most opportunities are short notice. There are opportunities with lots of notice but most of these you will pay for the passage, $1000 to $2500 per week. These very from trans atlantic to a week cruising in the Caribbean.
12-17-2008 03:30 PM
TxLnghrn Sailor,
Thanks for the feedback, do you find that most opportunities are short notice or is there a significant number of opportunities with at least 6 weeks notice?

12-17-2008 12:40 AM
Offshore Passage Oportunities

I've been a member of OPO for over a year and impressed with the number of oportunities which are posted. Recently did a passage from Newport, RI to Saint Martens. A great way to gain experience.
11-20-2008 09:08 AM
SrSeabass Sounds good. Looking forward to the details.

Best Regards
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