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sv ALVEI Experience the Life of a Traditional Sailor

Crew wanted: Deckhand
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:38 m
Location: New Zealand
Destination: None
Logged in: 1 hours ago

July 2016


We have been sailing Alvei throughout the world’s oceans from 1995 to the present. We have logged over 200,000 sea miles and stood watch with over 500 crew. Now and again it becomes time to put Alvei away and do something different. This is one of those times. We will return to New Zealand and Alvei in November 2016.

In the meantime we are looking for a few new volunteers to join the crew. We are usually about a dozen, averaging about six men and women each. We don’t plan it that way, it just works that way. The average age is twenty to thirty-something with a scattering of people in their forties to sixties. Volunteers also join us from all over the world. In fact, we’ve had as many as15 people from 13 different nationalities on one crew alone.

We have three categories of volunteer crew, short-term, medium-term and long-term. On the average about a third of volunteers are 3 weeks to 2 months, another third 3 to 4 months and another third 1-2 years. Once a person accumulates one year of service (either continuously or several shorter stints) they are eligible to sail on Alvei at any time, free of charge. Preference is given to longer term crew.

Long-Term Volunteer Crew Anyone wanting to learn the way of a tall ship sailor would do well to sign on for a year or more. Sea Time will be officially documented and applied toward earning sea time credit towards certification. Once booked, many have pursued lifelong careers at sea based on their experience on Alvei.

Medium-Term Volunteer Crew Many people, who find their way to us through, tend to be keen on tall ship sailing and stay between 3 to 4 months. This is also a good option for gap year studies or retirees who have family or other commitments back home. Many return for successive seasons.

Short-Term Volunteer Crew This option is available for the average backpacker or similar traveller looking for the next island adventure. The typical stay is between 2 weeks and 2 months while sailing interisland in the tropics.

Both long and medium-term crew can include an approximate 4 to 5 week open ocean voyage to or from New Zealand.

2017 Itinerary
• November and December mark the last two months of our 2016 season. This is a good time for potential watch leaders to join the crew and gain hands-on learning/teaching experience guiding and directing less experienced crew. We are looking for potential watch leaders here.

• After the Christmas holidays we continue welcoming new crew and finish maintenance projects such as bulwark repair and painting, tarring the rig, sail repair and caulking the deck.

• Training begins in earnest in early March with lessons on sail and line handling, steering, lookout, watch standing and galley maintenance. We will need a solid 4 weeks of work, from all the volunteers, to prepare for sea. All crew should plan on being on board no later than March 1st.

• We set sail in April for the southwest Pacific islands. Specific destinations are yet to be determined as we generally choose where to go and what to do based on where we are needed most. Possible destinations may include islands from Tahiti, through the Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu.

• In October, we’re bound for Brisbane, Australia for our regular haul-out maintenance. This is 3 weeks of intense but rewarding work, scrubbing the bottom, replacing zincs and painting. This becomes an intense work time with a blow-out party at the end. There is no daily rate charge during the haul out time.

• Then it’s back home to New Zealand for the summer maintenance season.

No one is required to perform jobs they are not comfortable with, such as working aloft. We can accommodate up to17 volunteer crew.

It requires knowledge, experience, time and practice to learn the way of the sea.
Patience and a resilient sense of humour help when mastering the sometimes unexpected events of the day or night. Learning can be gained from reading books by working with your shipmates.

Along with that it can become a time of reward and accomplishment. You will learn things you didn’t expect to learn. (That is where the sense of humour part comes in handy.) And you will definitely have many stories to tell along the way.


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Voyage from NZ to Fiji or Tonga and back

Crew wanted: Deckhand
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:22 m
Location: New Zealand
Destination: Fiji
Logged in: 3 days ago

malamok: No contributions but help with maintenance work and some sailing experience required. Non-smokers, no vegetarians, male crew only, 18 to 30 years old.
There is a crew's contract (the ship's articles) to be signed and a redeemable bond to be paid before departure.


looking for to fill up ship on our great intercaribbean tours from jamaica.....

Crew wanted: Recreational Crew
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:38 m
Location: Jamaica
Destination: Colombia
Logged in: 4 days ago

steelrat: to cartagena COLOMBIA and later doing tours between san bls/panama and cartagena/colombia

we have a fix crew of 4 people on board and allways need some additional hands (payingwise= 80usd&day for short term untill 7 days and 60usd for longer terms untill 14 days........for a minimum of 3 month 20usd&day

the ship is a 114 years o0ld tallship *(staysailschooner) , steel, 240tons, 38meter lenght, in good seaworthy conditions......for thjos who like real tallship sailing:)


Delivery Deckhand for 145-ft, 3-mastered tallship

Crew wanted: Captain/skipper
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:44 m
Location: Belgium
Destination: United Kingdom
Logged in: 9 days ago

EOP: The 145-ft, 3-masted tall ship 'Earl of Pembroke' is seeking a delivery deckhand to assist with the passage from London, Uk to Gloucester , UK.
Departure date is April 17, 2017.
Vessel will cover transportation costs and all food costs while aboard as well as pay a daily wage..
Longer term opportunities could be available for great candidates.
All candidates applying must be in Europe.


Chinese Sailing Junk for Tall Ships Races and Film Charters

Crew wanted:
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:30 m
Location: China, People's Republic of
Destination: None
Logged in: 10 days ago

MarineXO: 30m Chinese Sailing Junk currently being built in China. Early sea trials mid 2017, Fit out to be completed in 2017/8 with continuing sea trials during 2017/8. Delivery voyage to Hong Kong October / November 2018 (1000NM). Approximately 1 year of shakedown cruises and charters in Hong Kong before sailing to Europe for Tall Ships Races. Need all sorts of competent crew to do sail training and film charters. See for more details and photographs.
Contact me directly with CV
Dr. Wayne Moran


Mile Maker Tenerife to Porto Santo

Crew wanted: Delivery Crew
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:33 m
Location: United Kingdom
Destination: Portugal
Logged in: 13 days ago

SailJDL: A fantastic opportunity to join us on our Traditional Wooden Tall Ship. We will be sailing from Tenerife to Porto Santo, with a stop in Madeira on the way (wind allowing). Allow 7 days for the trip but you can arrive a few days earlier or stay on in Porto Santo for a short while. We do not require any experience as we can train you along the way. This is an ideal mile builder in tidal waters, with night hours & will qualify towards your next RYA qualification. Please contact us for information.


Tall Ship Cruise

Crew wanted: Deckhand
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:100 f
Location: Australia
Destination: Local sailing
Logged in: 24 days ago

TallShipSkip: If you've always wanted to sail in a tall ship or looking to develop your tall ship skills - this is your chance. The company SYDNEY HARBOUR TALL SHIPS has three historic sailing ships and a wooden ferry which cruise regularly on Sydney Harbour and occasionally offshore. Our job is to share the excitement and romance of tall ship sailing and the delights of Sydney Harbour with local and international visitors.

We are looking for crew who love working with and serving people. Enthusiastic and willing to learn. Not afraid of heights, since part of the job is 'laying aloft' and furling the sails. The job is multi-faceted and every day is different - excellent customer service is paramount and a high regards for cleanliness. You will be serving food, serving at a bar, sailing the ship and doing some maintenance jobs. You have a friendly nature, are responsibly minded and enjoy the satisfaction of making people happy. Sailing experience is valued but definitely not essential - your willingness to learn is more important.

Non smoking policies apply at Sydney Harbour Tall Ships.

An Australian Holiday Visa or Working Visa are required. Crew are also required to obtain a NSW RSA (Responsible Serving of Alcohol) certificate. This can be obtained online at

If you're considering a maritime career or just looking for adventure and enjoy being part of a friendly community this is a great opportunity for you.

Live-aboard positions are available (with all meals provided) plus $150-$250/week. Please send an application with your CV and photo to Capt James Parbery.


Cook needed for voyage to Scotland

Crew wanted: Chef
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:30 m
Location: United Kingdom
Destination: Local sailing
Logged in: 25 days ago

Trinity1892: Trinity Sailing Foundation is looking for a cook or chef to sail in our 30m ketch "Leader" for a voyage from Falmouth (Cornwall) to Oban (Scotland) from 22nd May to 2nd June 2017.

This will be a cruise with an absolute maximum of 19 people (all adults) on board (this number includes the crew).

Although we do offer some sail training voyages for children and young people, this trip is ony open to guests aged 18+

If this works out well for all concerned, there are also other opportunities for paid work with us later this season.

Please contact us on 00 44 (0) 1803 88 33 55 or email if you are interested.

Please also feel free to check out our website


1st engineer wanted

Crew wanted: 1st Engineer
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:25 m
Location: United States
Destination: Canada
Logged in: 95 days ago

caravanstage: The Caravan Stage Company, a non-profit theatre company touring and performing on a 100 ft ship, is looking for an engineer.
CSC is a experimental political theatre company that tours with an international cast of professional artists: singers, actors, dancers, theatre technicians. The 2014 tour is from Jacksonville Florida to Vancouver Canada.

Applicant must have previous engineering experience. Must have a sense of humour; Self-motivated.

Location: Jacksonville FL

Duties include:
1. Maintain 4 Perkins Diesel engines: 2 propulsion 120 hp & 2 generator engines 80 hp.
2. Come on tour with the company, keeping the engines working and in ship shape
3. Work backstage during the show.

This is a 7 month touring position, starting early April to the end of the tour Oct 1, 2014.

This is a fun experience and a chance to live and work in an intense creative environment in a community of professional artists from all over North America and Europe.

PAY: travel expenses, Room and Board (home cooked meals on board the ship), and a small stipend during the rehearsal period in April & May, and equal profit share during the tour.

Please send a letter of introduction, a resume with references and photo to
For more information on the company, visit



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