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SV Esprit - 2023 Bahamas Cruise

January 1, 2023:
Still in Florida ... expect to leave Feb 1st, have a crew for the sail to Georgetown.

Please read down this posting to get my full story and sail plan for 2023. Hoping to hear from all of you who want to jump into the good life on SY Esprit.

December 1, 2022:
My sail plan includes Exumas South Bahamas, Nassau, Abaco Islands, Cuba, Canadian Maritimes and New England.

The last several weeks I have been making my way from New England to Florida and expect to arrive in St. Augustine around December 7.

I will be there until December 20, 2022 to meet prospective crew interested in sailing to the Bahamas but will also be looking to crew and cruise Esprit through December 20, 2023.

We could also meet in the Boston MA area after December 20, 2022. Private crew cabin with head is wide open for 2023 right now.

Clear communication and trust before and during a sailing cruise are necessary so that Captain and Crew can be comfortable and enjoy the experience. To this end I include the following thoughts for your benefit plus Esprit's 2022 - 2023 sailing itinerary. If you think this is a good fit for you, please contact me for a chat.

Thank you - Atlantic Jim

Esprit Style
Islands to explore, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, diving, Esprit meals at anchor, local cuisine meals ashore, new friends, music and quiet times at anchor and Esprit performing well in a fair wind.

Crew Expectation
Crew will travel to Esprit at their expense, present a current passport, proof of health vaccinations, share onboard duties and ½ cost of food and refreshment provisioning or less if additional crew aboard.

Captain’s Duty
Crew safety and general well-being, navigation, communication, insurance, business and financial affairs plus fuel, moorings, docking, boat maintenance and repair costs.

Crew Shared Duty
Standing watch, sail trimming, anchoring, docking; cooking, provisioning excursions. If your sailing experience is light, Esprit will be an opportunity to mile-build and learn more about boat handling with shared responsibility … jump in, learn, relax, have fun, go sailing!

Sailing Companions
Love the vibe that can develop between a man and a woman but it’s worth saying now that Esprit mission 2023 is to develop crew relationships with those who share a love for the ocean, have some sailing experience and offer a lightness of being. My expectation of crew is simply good company and shared onboard duty. Yet friendship, dating and a relationship could evolve … life is like that. Here’s to new friends, slo-cruising, island exploration, miles & smiles!

Sailing Motivation
In between sailing trips I’ve had a relatively successful career. Now it’s sailing full time and reveling in the freedom of the cruising life. Eventually I’d like to share my experience full-time with a like-minded spirit, an independent, intelligent woman, comfortable on the ocean and exploring new island cultures; someone I can laugh and chill with; and enjoy sunrise over coffee and breakfast discussing a sail plan or island excursion activity.

Esprit Readiness
Esprit is a ‘Little Harbor 44’ cutter rig center cockpit, Ted Hood design; well maintained in beautiful condition. Weighing 20 tons, she is very stable with less roll in big seas. Her draft is 5’.7” and with centerboard down to 10’.7” she holds her position well and tracks nicely in strong wind conditions. Her 75 HP Yanmar diesel engine and Westerbeke diesel generator are fresh with low hours and all navigation electronics are updated. 2 private cabins with 2 heads and a main salon cabin sleep 5 comfortably. With updated electronics Esprit is 'ship shape and ready to cruise!'

2023 Sail Plan
Currently in development as I begin reaching out to fellow sailors and organizing Esprit’s crew and subject to change as it evolves. I would appreciate hearing your comments and thank you in advance for any advice offered from your own Caribbean sailing experience.

July 2022
Plan - Boston USA, Halifax NS
Crew - Chris

August
Plan - Halifax NS, St Peters & Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
Crew - Colin

Plan - Baddeck NS to Magdalen Isles, Quebec
Crew - Tom

Bras d’ Or Lakes, Cape Breton Island
Plan - 5 day slo-cruise & swim
Crew - John & Helen

Bras d’Or Lakes, Cape Breton Island
Plan - Slo-cruise & swim
Guests - Candice & Mark, Colin & Ruth, Terry & Marilee, Tahlia

September
Plan - St. Peters, Cape Breton Island, Halifax NS
Crew - Single-hand

October
Plan – Halifax, Shelburne NS, Plymouth MA
Crew - Barry

November
Plan - Plymouth MA, Atlantic City NJ, Norfolk VA, Beaufort NC, Savannah GA, St. Augustine FL
Crew - Single-hand

December
Plan - Dock Esprit - St. Augustine FL
Boston MA - Family and business affairs

January 2023
Plan - St. Augustine FL, Bahamas
Crew - open

February
Plan - Georgetown Bahamas
Crew - open

March
Plan - South Bahamas
Crew - open

April
Plan - South Bahamas
Crew - open

May
Plan - Nassau / Abacos Islands Bahamas
Crew - open

June
Plan - New England
Crew - open

July
Plan - Canadian Maritimes
Crew - open

August
Plan - Canadian Maritimes
Crew - open

September
Plan - New England
Crew - open

October
Plan - New England to Bermuda
Crew - open

November
Plan - Bermuda to Bahamas
Crew – open

December
Plan - Bahamas to Cuba
Crew – open



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Position

  • Crew positionCompetent Crew

  • Availability 1 Feb 2023 for the foreseeable future

  • Expenses to/from vesselPaid by crew

  • Expenses onboardContribution on a shared basis

  • Team / SoloNot important

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Vessel

  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • Make/modelLittle Harbour Cutter Rig

  • Length44 feet

  • Berth5

  • Sailing from United States , St. Augustine Florida

  • Sailing to General (Caribbean) , Georgetown Bahamas

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat descriptionEsprit Readiness Esprit is a ‘Little Harbor 44’ cutter rig, center cockpit Ted Hood design - well maintained in beautiful condition. Weighing 20 tons under sail, she is very stable with less roll in big seas. Her draft is 5’.7” and with centerboard down to 10’.7” she holds her position well and tracks nicely in strong wind conditions. She reaches her 8.5 knot hull speed in 15 knots of wind. Her 75 HP Yanmar diesel engine and Westerbeke diesel generator are fresh with low hours and all navigation electronics are updated. 2 private cabins with 2 heads and a main salon cabin sleep 5 comfortably. Safety gear: Radar, AIS, Epirb, jack lines, Life Raft & dingy With updated electronics Esprit is 'ship shape and ready to cruise!'

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Skipper

  • NationalityUnited States

  • Age60

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Basic knowledge of Spanish

  • Qualifications USS Offshore Passage Making

  • Sea Miles 10,000+

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