It has to be fun.
Crew wanted: Amateur crew
Vessel: Sailing Boat
Destination: No specific country (Caribbean)
Logged in: 48 minutes ago
CaptRonAlan: The crew I am looking for will be fun, no drama. I want compatible people with a good sense of humor that can have intelligent articulate conversation. I want crew that will come through the occasional adversity with humor and desire to carry on. The crew needs to be physically fit, there is no windlass or electric winches on this boat, anchors and sheets are pulled in manually. The dingy may get rowed sometimes. There are no drugs of any kind on the boat, not even alcohol. I don't mind an occasional drink on other boats or ashore, but I avoid the part of the cruising scene that is saturated in alcohol. I go out of my way for fresh food. There will be cans to back up, but local fruits and vegetables are high priority. Under strained circumstances I will eat most anything, I expect the same out of the crew. If you have weird diet restrictions this is not the place for you. I do believe the AMA was correct when they tried several times to reclassify sugar as a toxin. I avoid sugar and processed foods as much as possible. Ultimately I want crew that has similar desires and beliefs. The crew needs to be good swimmers and not get sea sick easily. Since I have the expense of the boat and will do most of the upkeep I expect crew to do most of the cooking, cleaning and organizing. I expect crew to supply all their own personal items, plane fares, taxes, fees and share food expense and boat entry fees. It would be very helpful if crew had computer expertise of openCPN and other computer systems.
3 year old fast catamaran, no set schedule, probably spend the winter island hopping south to Tobago then west along S. Am. To Cartagena and San Blas islands. Diving, fishing and exploring remote/uninhabited anchorages. Ultimately want to be based in the Bahamas with the gorgeous water and fantastic sailing. The boat is being outfitted with this in mind. I am currently adding big solar panels, water maker, refrigeration and generator. The boat will actually be lighter because we will make water as we go, not carry big tanks, only emergency backup. If I have plenty extra power from the panels, I may add portable freezer also. I have a big full size awning for the huge cockpit. I have owned 5 mono-hulls over 20 years and sailed on more delivery boats than I can count. I have been across the Pacific and around the Caribbean, with many years in the Bahamas. I can do long passages but have little desire to. I have switched to catamarans as I no longer think mono-hulls make any sense. Previously I thought the average catamarans had poor performance, they were actually “Condomarans” or motor-sailors with twin diesels. Now I have discovered the Shuttleworth (and a few others) designs and realized a high performance catamaran can out sail a mono-hull to windward! In the past I noticed the biggest cruising expense was often gas for the dingy. I was constantly carrying jerry jugs full of gas along with the safety and dependability of a diesel engine. I have given up the weight, complexity, and upkeep of the diesel engine buried in the bilge and opted for a dependable 4-stroke outboard center mounted. The solar panels quietly replace the big alternator. Super efficient light weight equipment turns sluggish motor-sailing into luxury high performance sailing with way less motoring. Now the jerry jugs of gas supply not only the dingy out board, but the main engine and little Honda generator (emergency backup).