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    • 50ft Beneteau Sense 50
    • Portugal
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Watch: The Grateful Sailor

Vilamoura, Portugal

June 11, 2020 update:
For the past 18 months, Grateful has been all thru the Mediterranean and out to the canaries. I am a full time live-aboard. So far there have been dozens of crew and passengers on this boat, and everyone goes away with the biggest smiles on their faces...nothing could make me happier.

Meanwhile, after 8000 NM in 18 months, here’s where we are:
At the moment we are moored in a marina, after an exhilarating fast ride of about 750 nautical miles up the Atlantic from Canaries to Portugal. Hundreds of Dolphins, Killer whales, Baluga whales, sea turtles, super fast downwind sailing, incredible sunsets...yep, this is sailing.

So, now its time to cruise portugal for a month or so, then head east, into the Med.
As always, looking for cool, like-minded people to share the ride! Figure 50 euro a day to share the expenses.

We have space for 4 more crew. Please be willing to pitch in with everything. Please don’t be a picky eater, unless you want to always cook and clean for yourself.
Stay for a week or more, just message me to find out what’s available...now...

We love to experience everything from the historic villages, local foods, making new friends and finding old friends too. Deep and shallow anchorages, and sailing!! We love to have the sails out in all conditions from gentle breezes to fast heavy winds and bigger seas. The Sense 50 is very strong and powerful, yet graceful and elegant in the water. The whole experience is just amazing.
I am looking for crew that can contribute ideas, music, cooking, cleaning, photography, conversation, digital media assistance,etc.

YOU WILL (learn to) SAIL!!
We share expenses. This is an extremely luxury boat. Usually there are 2 to 6 aboard.
No experience necessary.
Boat is perfect and like new.
In the water.

One of the main goals of this adventure is to fully immerse into all the water sports. Sailing, surfing, diving, kiting etc.
I am hoping to find just the right partner who can compliment my lifestyle as we journey around the globe. We have produced many videos to date, and I want to fully capture and share the whole experience ala La Vegabond or Delos. If you think you would be a good match with me in this adventure, by all means reach out!

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  • Crew positionNovice Crew

  • Availability Available now for the foreseeable future

  • Expenses to/from vesselPaid by crew

  • Expenses onboardContribution on a shared basis

  • Team / SoloNot important

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  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • ClassificationDhoni

  • Make/modelBeneteau Sense 50

  • Length50 feet

  • Berth7

  • Sailing from Portugal , Vilamoura

  • Sailing to Spain , Valencia

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat descriptionGRATEFUL will make you feel just like the name says. She is capable and beautiful. Have you seen the Beneteau Sense 50’s? Here’s a link https://youtu.be/dRh6I_nh4QQ. This boat is one of the only clean sheet designs that have hit the market in decades. She’s a 2012, and has been kept in like new condition. She looks and sails like damn near new, is clean and dry. Cruises well at 7.5 kts, but she likes 9 kts too! Stay a few days of a week or more. Share the costs and expenses as we go, (ie,plan on contributing 50 euro per day,) and experience an amazing adventure aboard Grateful!

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  • NationalityUSA

  • Age58

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Basic knowledge of Spanish

  • Qualifications ASA Basic Keelboat

  • Sea Miles 10,000+

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Amazing experience


Unforgettable experience on Grateful. It's a very well maintained and equipped boat. We sailed over 800nm together from Spain over Marocco to the Canaries. Duane was always really kind and it was great fun with him. Thank you for everything! Hope to see you again!

23rd Feb 2020

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