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    • 40ft O'Day 40
    • United Kingdom
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Watch: Peaceful

Sailing from Southampton UK and away....

Due to the “Unspecified virus of unknown origin”, everything got messed up. I am still going to sail. I am going to leave this busy society and explore far places. Do you have what it takes? I’m fed up with rules and laws being implemented and more restrictions. Especially when it comes to travel. No later than Late summer 2022 of course all weather permitting too.

Not into drama. I want fun and sunshine. And explore the unknown of the vast oceans.

Sailing from Southampton UK, to the Isles of Scilly and further, much further. As in maybe but not guarantied, Azoren, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Caribbean, Cuba, Florida, through the Panama Canal, and keep going west into the Pacific, where there’s tons of islands left to explore for a lifetime. That’s at least the idea, reality is always a bit different. Doing some exploring on SUP, inflatable dinghy, Spearfishing and freediving, exploring, etc.

I am looking for someone fun, amateur crew who wants to learn or brush up their skills, or have a change of lifestyle altogether. Must be dog friendly. Human friendly a big plus too.
At least to me.

Sailing from England

So far a friendly dog (11yrs) and the skipper (friendly too)
Inquire for more info.

To answer a few questions, ahead of time.
I (not English, actually half- czech,half german, half American. Somehow making it 100%) have been sailing for over 40 years on and off and owning various sailboats. I still am an avid windsurfer. I have sailed this boat across the Atlantic ocean, passage from Boston USA to Southampton UK via the Azores in this sailboat and single handed without autopilot from the Azores to the UK! The boat has a newish- chart plotter, radar and VHF with AIS (commercial ship tracking), ham radio.
The boat does have now a windvane (Hydrovane) wind self steering doohickey, trimmed (tuned) sails and she goes on her own, so the boat, steers it self, if there’s wind at least. Easy to do.
New Refrigerator, new batteries (waiting), new solar (1 kilowatt) and much more. Watermaker is here now. She might not look pretty next to a brand new shiny sailboat ⛵️, but she is roomy and fast enough for an old girl and built very well, which makes her ultra stable in rough seas, actually better than most modern boats. She weighs in at nearly 9 tons. So light to be fast, but heavy enough to be stable in a storm.
I am very strict, when it comes to safety!!!
Safety first, fun later. Especially when in rough seas. No arguments, I’m happy to listen to you with good ideas afterwards, but when in a pinch, there are rules for a reason, to keep everyone safe!
I will not tolerate any nonsense when in rough seas! This is supposed to be fun. Loosing a life isn’t!
Only non smokers, and sorry vaping is smoking too, to me.
Alcohol can be consumed off the boat or on anchor or marina.
Be sober when retuning to the boat. This is a 100% dry boat! Makes it easier with customs too.
I don’t drink at all, but thats me.
Ask any questions. There are no stupid questions, just stupid answers.
So if I haven’t scared you away yet. Hit us up and come on down to have a sail and go from there. The hatch is always open for nice people.


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  • Crew positionFriendship

  • Availability 31 Oct 2022 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/modelO'Day 40

  • Length40 feet

  • Berth7

  • Sailing from United Kingdom , Southampton UK

  • Sailing to Guinea-Bissau , Far far away…

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat descriptionShe sail fast and easy, all lines lead aft into the cockpit. I love her ? Online Boat review: Bob Stringer and I boarded Jim Hunt's own O'Day 40 at New Bedford Yacht club on a hazy afternoon with winds forecast to be in the 10 to 15 knot range out of the northwest. As any sailor in these parts will tell you, that usually means the southerly onshore breeze will act against the northerly. Sure enough, when we motored out into the bay there was no wind, so we amused ourselves by raiding the galley and trying a few windless tacks, as well as by backing down and steering circles under power. With the Westerbeke 40 engine at 2,400 rpm we powered at 7.6 knots and turned in about two boat lengths. Just in time for the 6 o'clock start of the local racing fleet, the southerly came in, giving us about 10 to 12 knots of wind. Under sail the boat came alive. We sheeted in and tried sailing hard on the wind. In 15 knots of wind we were sailing at 6.1 knots, with an apparent wind angle of about 30 degrees. When I really concentrated, I could get boat speed up to 6.6 knots in the same wind speed and direction, so the boat has some speed. It would probably sail faster and point higher with a genoa, but we were using the topsail and genoa staysail that Hunt is experimenting with to see if is easier for cruising. Under sail the boat is responsive and tracks well. Although I did detect some weather helm, easing the main slightly eliminated it very quickly. Belowdecks this boat is very comfortably appointed. With its extra coat or two of varnish, it really looks like a high-quality yacht. As a person who enjoys cooking, I liked the large galley and huge icebox. I also liked the galley's location right below the main hatch. It allows for good ventilation and makes it easy to serve people both in the cockpit and at the dining table. Opposite the galley is the outboard-facing chart table. The dining area of the O'Day 40 is huge. The large aft double bunk or the double forward V-berth provide both privacy and comfort. The keel is solid lead and is securely bolted to the hull through transverse floors. The hull construction is solid fiberglass in way of the through-hull fittings, and elsewhere it has a three-quarter-inch balsa core with a strong glass laminate on either side. The deck has a similar layup to the hull, but with plywood in areas where the loads are likely to be high — under winches, for example. The mast is keel-stepped and uses Navtec rods from the underside of the deck to the spars are Isomat out of France and appear to be well-made. This boat has a midstay, as I expected it to. For the cruising sailor who likes to use all the cockpit space, the main-boom sheeting is on the cabintop and runs forward to the mast before coming back to the cockpit. All in all, this is a nice and comfortable boat that sails well. Specifications: LOA 39’ 7” LWL 33’ 6” Beam 12’ 7” Displacement 18,500 lbs 6’ 4” Deep

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  • NationalityUSA/German/Czech

  • Age54

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages Czech

  • Basic knowledge of French

  • Sea Miles 10,000+

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