Cruising SW-W-NW UK & IRELAND.S,France. Portugal -Spain etc.
Deepbluesealife: Lots of information below
I am a avid sailor lived aboard several yachts of various sizes and undertaken many voyages both solo & with crew. Very laid back, good sense of humor, I,m not religious nor political, Life aboard is very relaxed .Anybody interested in some sea adventure this year please feel free to inquire.
YOU DO NOT need any prior experience,
This is a FREE place a UNPAID (NOT PAID, NO WAGE, NO FEE).
A life jacket is provided for all.
Yacht & all aboard Passenger or Crew Insured by Owner.
Gas & Diesel & ALL Mooring fees paid by Owner.
Leisurely Cruising crew types passenger, novice, beginner, competent, day skipper etc ideal for individuals building sea mileage for exams or just wanting extra experience.
Front fore cabin is two single or a double always reserved for crew.
Please do feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Such as can you come aboard for just one or two weeks the answer is YES. and you may join at one port and depart at another on the route.
Many have asked me questions by email to try save time here are a few below.
What skills do I need? : None your welcome to just come along for the experience. Be a Passenger, Crew or even migrate to Skipper.
Is there and age restriction? : YES for my yacht FULL insurance cover is only provided for adults aged 18-70 (Outside this age limit insurance is ¼ protection). Copy of Policy in PDF upon request.
Do you have a crew preference? : YES I prefer female aged 25-55 as crew they multi-task, learn, manage, acclimatize, adapt and make better sea companions. (The guys at sailing club will hang me for that statement) So that said Guys are also welcome as well. I do make exceptions occasionally taking a family, couple, friends etc. so ask me.
Can I bring my best friend ? : YES husband, partner,college,friend etc. Yacht can only carry five /(5) or six (6) persons comfortably so please advise on who is coming a week in advance!
Will I need to supply Life Jacket? : NO the yacht has six fully automatic ones.
What clothing & luggage can I bring? Bring what you can carry sensibly! both warm weather clothing and a water proof coat. (NO kitchen sink required!).
I am building sea miles for exams can this help me? YES bring your log book otherwise I will issue you a digital certificate stating what miles and other requirements that can help such as Distance, Nights etc.
Can I bring a pet? : NO.
What accommodation is provided? : The Fore cabin is kept for crew it is either two single beds or a large double bed. Own locking door. Saloon is six seating sofa (Can convert to double bed) with dining table. Sink, food storage cupboards and cooker, Skipper has separate Starboard cabin. 32" TV plays DVD,s and has 100+ movies available, Books to read various, FM VHF MW SSW Radio, Huge selection of music from 1970 to the current latest hits are on MP3 player, 200 plus pod casts stored. Headphones,Daylights and Night lights,Chart table, Fresh water, Kettle, etc.
What about sanitation? The Yacht has a sea toilet and shower. Marina has toilets, laundry, shower & facilitates available 24/7 to all crew. All rubbish aboard is sealed in black bin bags and placed in marina facility.
Is everybody sea sick? : NO it only a few people and I can advise on best methods to avoid it.
What cost & expense will I incur? : YOU are responsible for your own travel / transport to and from the yachts location. This is your own expense. FREE car parking space available at marina, Trains station ends at the Docks two minutes walk as does Bus station. The yachts owner (Myself) pays for ALL marina, harbour an anchorage fees, plus gas, electric (240v at harbour & marina), diesel. And a full stock of dried, preserved, canned and bottled food stuff. Fresh produce is taken on at each visited port. IF you have special dietary need / requirement or prefer your own foods I.E. Gluten free YOU MUST provided that food yourself.
Can I join for PART of a voyage / passage? : YES Let me know in advance where you would like to join the vessel and leave the vessel so I can arrange replacement crew.
Do you offer a trial or day sail ? : YES I use the Estuary & River for gentle introduction to sailing. Prior to open sea. ASK before assuming a date I cannot obviously do this if already on a passage / voyage.
Does the yacht return to marina each day? : NOT always! it can anchor, go alongside harbor wall, pick up a buoy, attach to a pontoon or just keep sailing none stop. All subject to weather.
What if its a long voyage and weather turns poor? : As Skipper I passage plan for ALL possibility's I include bolt hole ports, coves, islands etc. Aboard you will NEVER be more than forty (40) miles from a safe haven within the UK.
Can you sail passengers / crew to other country's? : YES so you need to bring your passport.
Is smoking & alcohol permitted ? : YES Smoking allowed outside and alcohol is never an issue although you may wish to avoid alcohol prior to 1st 24hrs at sea to avoid sea sickness.
What special needs can you cater for? : Yacht has five (5) steps so Disabled people may not be able manage them. Medically if you have medication creams, tablets, Ointments etc. bring enough to cover the journey. The yacht has two (2) first aid kits Two (2) ALL Purpose fire extinguishers & Fire Blanket.
Will I get a mobile phone signal at sea? : Most of the time YES however there are total blackout areas of NO coverage I.E. Crossing Bristol Channel its 87NM wide at point where I normally cross it so loss of signal for several hours. Communication is available via the ships radio during black out areas. ASK about intended passage.
How long may I crew for? : Difficult question so I shall say the average is two-three weeks. Yet some do a few days, some months, one over a year! ASK me!
What can you teach me I have no experience? Competent crew,, Day Skipper through to Yacht master level. In other words ALL the rules of the roads (Sea) regulation right of way rules. All the buoy markers cardinals safe water special markers etc. Day symbols & Night lights on every vessel , tidal heights& streams including Primary / Secondary ports, Meteorology (Weather) Passage planning, crew briefing, how to read and navigate a paper & digital charts which includes rocks,wrecks and all other chart symbols such as rips, eddies, tidal gates,etc. How to dock & depart in all weathers an conditions. How to Jibe & Tack a yacht in the wind. How to motor, Anchor etc. the list is endless I lived aboard several yachts for many years so have a gigantic amount of knowledge & hands on real life experience. Yachts digital library contains days of video seamanship lessons playable on the TV, notebook,android etc. You will still NEED to undertake any official examination with relevant authorized body such as MCA / RYA. for certification.
Will I have to do anything as just a passenger? : YES Enjoy the journey & experience. I can handle everything aboard the Yacht single handed and have done 1000,s of miles solo.
Who steers while you below deck? : Auto pilot. Or YOU ;-)
Can you guarantee seals, whales & dolphins? YES to dolphins they know the yacht assumes your on a three day voyage min.. Seals are quite shy and generally reside close to islands, rivers, bays an coves they are regularly seen. Whales ONLY in January except for small Mink type often seen on Bristol channel or St Georges channel etc. Leather backed turtles July & August (special location) seen for past three(3) years. Porpoise daily. Various birds Puffins, Gulls, Fulmars, Gannets etc.
Can I charge my phone at sea? YES Yacht has both USB output and cigar type sockets.
Is boat limited in distance ? NO I often sail for several days and nights none stop over huge distances its limited by water & food only.
Can I bring diving equipment ? YES advise before hand so extra storage space can be allocated.
Would it be possible to join the vessel a day or two earlier? YES providing its in a port ask.
Any more questions just ask I will reply as soon as possible.