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Hi, I'm Jess from Florida. I'm a bit new to the sailing world, however i've always been VERY interested in it, and especially in owning my own boat eventually. Sounds silly, but I grew up living in preserved state parks, surfing, scuba diving, fishing, etc, so i've always made the ocean a huge part of my life, and to me, the ultimate thing for someone as free spirited as myself is to travel and live via sailboat! I'm currently living out of a suitcase, so i'm leaving no real ties behind, except for a vehical and lots of surfboards in storage.
I'm currently looking for work in the Cocoa Beach or St. Augustine area with or around boats, just to learn as much as possible, and I'm also looking to sail with anyone who needs a hand keeping the boat clean and tidy. As long as i'm not paying anything and i'm making a little bit of money and learning, i'm happy. It can be long term or short term. the sky is the limit.
I'm also a surfer, a musician (singer songwriter guitarist) so the guitar comes along, and i have a beautiful siamese himalayan cat less than a year old who actually isin't too bothered by the water. She's been going to the beach since she was born.
I'm up for traveling to other countries, and i do have a passport ready to go. Anything I can find to help me learn as much as possible (and of course help me pay for food, etc) is appreciated.
Thanks for having me!
Jessica
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Sup J'ly? Welcome to SN. I'm sure you'll find something.

BTW - what kind of guitar?
 

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Jessica, change your email to read irishserf_at_hotmail.com or you may end up w/ a lot of spam.

Welcome, you could also keep an eye out on this link for tall ships
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Welcome to Sailnet. I'd highly recommend you read this POST to help you get the most out of sailnet. I'd second what zz said about the e-mail address.. unless you like spam. :)

Be aware that small sailboats can be a relatively hostile environment for a guitar. :)
 

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Thanks

Thanks for the help everyone, I'm checking these links too.
As for the guitar, I'd only bring an older guitar, acoustic of course. It's actually a Texarcana (which are very cheap guitars) but the sound is awesome! But no worries. That thing has been through it all. If a sailing trip kills it, that's ok. I have others.
 

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JLynn

Welcome to SailNet

I edited your email address in your post so that the search engine spiders and spam spiders don't harvest your email address from the post you made.

Folks who want to get in touch with you will figure it out.

:)

ps: Cocoa is a nice place. I surfed there a few times when I lived in NSB back in the 70's.
 

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Umm... edit your first post and get rid of the mailto: link in it... you can see that by clicking on the
in the advanced editing mode... otherwise, the spambots will still pick up the e-mail address. :) The
switches between WYSIWIG and code views...

The admin missed the mailto: link... :(

Thanks for the help everyone, I'm checking these links too.
As for the guitar, I'd only bring an older guitar, acoustic of course. It's actually a Texarcana (which are very cheap guitars) but the sound is awesome! But no worries. That thing has been through it all. If a sailing trip kills it, that's ok. I have others.
 

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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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i've always made the ocean a huge part of my life, and to me, the ultimate thing for someone as free spirited as myself is to travel and live via sailboat!
irishsurf at hotmail dot com
Absolutely Jess! There is a an awesome world to be discovered and experienced and I reckon there is no better way than by Sailboat :)

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!
 

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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.
 

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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)

Walt440
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S/V Wunder
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Still Interested

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!!!
 

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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.
 
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