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    • 50ft Beneteau Sense 50
    • Italy
    • Checked in 22 hours ago

Watch: The Grateful Sailor

Mallorca to sardenga

In Sardinia for a while. Come for a day or a few days. Anchoring and sailing.

Come with an open mind, heart...and itinerary...

The captian, Duane, also writes a column for the Nationalbusinesspost called ´Finding Grateful´Check it out and send a message!

For the past 2 years, 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.
Hundreds of Dolphins, Killer whales, Baluga whales, sea turtles, super fast downwind sailing, incredible sunsets...yep, this is sailing.

As always, looking for cool, like-minded people to share the ride! Figure 75 euro a day to share the expenses.
There are up to 4 spaces. Please be willing to pitch in with everything. Please don’t be a picky eater. Vegetarian is fine too.
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 too 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 4 aboard.
No experience necessary.
Boat is perfect and like new.
In the water.

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  • Crew positionNovice Crew

  • Availability Available now until 1 Jan 2021

  • 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 Italy , Palau

  • Sailing to Italy , sardenga

  • 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. follow the adventure on instagram too @grateful_travel 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

  • Age100

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Basic knowledge of Spanish

  • Qualifications ASA Basic Keelboat

  • Sea Miles 10,000+

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Lovely boat and easy going captain


I have been sailing with Duane on Grateful in Italy, from Puglia to Sicily and we had a wonderful time. He is a very trustable captain, talented surfer and swimmer. Always smiling and enjoying conversations. The boat is stunning.

2nd Jul 2021

Best experience


Duane is an experienced open minded tolerant captain, fun interesting and willing to share his knowledge with the less experts member of the crew. I would absolutely recommend him and his confortable luxurious Grateful.

4th Aug 2020

Unforgettable memories onboard of Grateful


The time spent onboard Grateful, has been an enchanting journey. First of all, Duane is an amazing human, great sailor, he's always up to share his knowledge, make you participate and get sure you understand the reasons of any action. Always in a good mood, he calmly find solutions for any problem that could show up. Enjoying life from the good side, being on board with him is the promise of great conversations, good laughter, amazing discoveries along the different stops and of course AMAZING sailing, with great sensations as this boat is magic and the captain knows really well how to handle it let it express its full potential. I will definitely get back on board when I will have free time as those two weeks were an awake dream ! If you are looking to learn how to sail, in a friendly atmosphere where you will learn a lot humanely as well, creating life lasting memories, don't hesitate, Duane and Grateful are the combo you need ! Wishing you both fairwinds, See you soon captain !

15th Jul 2020

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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