Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Paris & London (Greece in the summer)
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Re: Sharing the ride
My two cents…
I have done that a few times, it depends on where, when and obviously with whom…
In general if you find the right person to sail with it’s definitely a positive experience, and of course you share the costs, which can be quite high for long trips…
My rules for shared sailing are the following:
• Good English/or other languages that you can both speak relevantly fluently (in my case Greek and French)
• Sailing experience (ideally a certification). You don’t want to teach someone how to do stuff on a boat, unless you have explicitly agreed in advance about that.
• No pets (that’s a personal thing, I know others wouldn’t agree)
VERY IMPORTANT: Get to know the person(s) before you set sail, particularly if we are talking about a long trip. You don’t want to find out that you don’t get along with them in the middle of the ocean.
Obviously the size of the boat matters as well. I have a Beneteau Oceanis 42 which kind of allows for a bit of privacy when needed.
How you find people who want to sail with you – that’s tricky, for me it’s mainly through friends and local sailing clubs. Some yacht charter platforms allow you to do that if you are a boat owner. One company I have used in the past is Click&Boat, they are quite strong in Europe. I have also heard about a startup in Britain that matches sailing enthusiasts, but they provide the boat and the skipper too, think it's sort of 'Tinder-on-a-boat' thing, so mainly for younger people.
I could go on and on…
When and where are you sailing btw?