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    • 50ft Beneteau Sense 50
    • Greece
    • Checked in 12 hours ago

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Mediterranean to the world

hi...little update to the below: Looking for a longer distance partner to sail and write/blog and really explore the whole world with. If you are truly free and unattached I'd love to chat to see how we get along. If you and I gel...and you can really assist with the filming/writing/sailing etc...boat is paid for so its just living expense...hope to hear from you soon...crossing the Atlantic in the fall...but will be in the med all summer.

This spring and summer grateful will be cruising all round the Mediterranean doing charters and training. I do intense high performance training which covers provisioning, sailing, engine maintenance, power and water systems, etc. You'll have the confidence to sail alone after spending a few weeks aboard Grateful.

3 years ago I dropped out of the work-a-day world, put it all on the line, bought a one way ticket to Turkey and connected with Grateful, a Beneteau Sense 50. Since then, this Sailor/surfer/writer/foodie has plied the Mediterranean 25,000 miles, and hosted countless crew and guests.

I write about this, and lots of other stuff on the nationalbusinesspost.com...(link below)

I have been planning this trip all my life, with the intention of circling the globe.

...where now?...Africa, Indian Ocean, South America?
Grateful’s ready. New sails, new engine...and there’s room for a first mate who’s ready to travel...and will love Athena the rescue dog from Olbia.

I do sailing charters…but it’s not full time.

If you have a wellness practice, the boat is a perfect place to bring your clients too. It’s a great way to travel and earn a living.

Here’s a link to my column, ‘Finding Grateful’

Since I’ve begun this journey, the boat has always been filled with adventurous souls, laughter, great food, music and good vibes …and I’ve loved every minute of it. .
See my ig grateful_travel.
or you can contact me on WhatsApp. My number is in the details.

Duane and Athena

I’m a highly experienced sailing teacher too, having sailed 20,000 miles in the past 3 years. You will (learn to) sail...

Other stuff:
I’ve been on the water in many capacities most of my life. I’m a highly experienced captain with a great track record. I’m safe and have a good social media following. Dedicated surfer. Used to be a builder/developer in America…now touring the world and writing all about it and lots of other subjects.

I also write a column for the Nationalbusinesspost.com called ´Finding Grateful´Check it out and send a message!

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  • Crew positionNovice Crew

  • Availability 1 Apr 2023 until 1 Sep 2023

  • Expenses to/from vesselPaid by crew

  • Expenses onboardNegotiable

  • Team / SoloNot important

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  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • ClassificationDhoni

  • Make/modelBeneteau Sense 50

  • Length50 feet

  • Berth6

  • Sailing from Greece , Corfu

  • Sailing to Saint Kitts / Nevis

  • 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! She sails herself...set the autopilot, set the alarms, and snooze all night.

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  • NationalityUSA

  • Age102

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Basic knowledge of Spanish

  • Qualifications ASA Basic Keelboat

  • Sea Miles 10,000+

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Chillest captain ever ?


Duane is super welcoming, friendly and ready to share his past experiences and what he’s learned from them. I learned a lot about living out of sailing and loved the experience even if it lasted only a couple of days. Hope too see you again Duane ?

2nd Aug 2021

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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