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Need to bring your yacht back to the US from the Caribbean at the beginning of the 2012 Hurricane season?

I'm being transferred for work from Puerto Rico to Florida, looking for viable options for me and my wife to move our Great Dane, Branson, off the island and back to the states (he's too tall for commercial airline transport). Current options are by boat or private plane charter.

I am requesting to deliver your yacht from Puerto Rico, USVI, VI, or anywhere else in the Leeward Islands to Florida or along the SE Atlantic Coast or US Gulf Coast. This service will be provided only once, one-way, and will be for no cost; I am seeking that only basic provisions be covered by the owner (food, water, fuel, incurred port/ mooring/ docking/ customs/etc fees while en route, and airfare from San Juan, Puerto Rico (for myself and 1 crew member) to origin, if not Puerto Rico). Sailing route will include a stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico to be inspected by Customs and the Coast Guard, pick up our spouses, and a Great Dane. Crew size not to exceed three couples.

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Sail preferred, but motor yacht acceptable, any hull type. Minimum size: 32', 2 cabins. Max: 100' (based on my crew size and boat setup/rigging).

Delivery cruise dates must fall between 01 June - 31 July 2012 (25 June - 15 July preferred, pending forecasted weather).

A little about me:

I am a US Coast Guard Officer, graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy, with over four (4) years of sea time on both single and multi screw vessels up to 225' LOA, 2,000 tons, with sea service in the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Alaska (Inside Passage, Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Chain, Bering Sea). I am currently serving in the Coast Guard as a helicopter pilot (H-65 Dauphin), with frequent low level navigation experience throughout the islands in the Caribbean from St. Martin/St. Maarten, Westward through the BVI's, USVI's, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks & Caicos, the Bahamas, to Florida.

Additionally, I'm a sailor, having started sailing before I could walk, beginning racing when I was 5 years old and continued throughout my life on one-designs (Optimist, Laser, Laser II, International 420, 470, FJ's, Flying Scots, various size J-Boats) and other racing boats up to 65', and I've single-handed sailboats up to 43' LOA. Bareboating experience in the BVI's through the Moorings.

Yacht must be in compliance with all US Federal Laws and Regulations. Because of my profession, I will ensure that the yacht will be inspected by the US Coast Guard both prior to departing Puerto Rico (or in St. Thomas, if originating from a non-US territory) and upon reentering US waters in Florida. The sail plan will be submitted to the yacht owner, as well as all en-route US Coast Guard Sector Command Centers. Additionally, position and status reports will be submitted to the same, the pre-agreed upon frequency of which will be based on communications capabilities of the yacht (i.e., daily if sat-phone or sat-data (e-mail) equipped, or at each port call if not).

If interested, please contact me via Private Message in this forum.
 

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Coastie, you'll need a few more posts before you can use the private message function I think. Some use the song thread in "Off Topic" or some other frivolous thread. Good luck with your endeavor, thanks for your service, be careful up there. -JGS, former USCG Boatswain's Mate.
 

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JGS,

Thank you for your service as well; once a Coastie, always a Coastie!

I'll try adding a few more posts to see if I can get PM authorization; any idea how many posts it requires?

v/r,
LHM
 

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Smackdaddy,

Branson's not too talented in the galley, but he's a natural navigator. I think he's almost ready to try the sextant, nautical almanac, HO229, and sight reductions....
 

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Any techniques you care to share about Branson relieving himself while on the bounding main?

I imagine that is no small feat...
 

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If you can pull this off, I hope you'll take pictures and write a travelogue. I'm fascinated to hear how you make a voyage of such duration with a Great Dane.
 

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jameswilson29,

Branson responds well to training, and there are two methods I'm working on to getting him to relieve himself while on a boat:

1. for those times when swim call is appropriate, relieving himself while swimming is an option
2. for all other times, I plan on purchasing an item similar to this:
Pet Loo Indoor Yard Training System
 

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Glad you're enjoying the site, thanks for adding to it. You seem to have no takers here yet. Yahoo has a forum for cruisers in Yahoo Groups called World-Cruisers. You might also find something at Offshore Passage Opportunities, though that is a subscription site. Let us know how it goes.
 

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Branson and the loo

I'm trying to get my count up too...

I know of some people who have trained their dogs to use a litter box. Usually works best with smaller dogs though--depending on how good Branson's "aim" is. You might have success with some of the scented artificial turf products, although I have no experience with them.

Also, if you need an additional hand, I may be able to be avaiable, depending on the dates.

Gary
 

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Welcome aboard CoastieCruiser. Hopefully, someone replied via PM and you have things worked out.

Since most sailor I know are picky about what shoes their guests wear aboard, I'm skeptical about how many would welcome a Great Dane.

Another idea might be to post on a general aviation forum to look for a volunteer who is already going your way. You would likely have to crate and tranquilize your friend. I will bet you could find someone willing to help those serving their country. Good luck.
 
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