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  • alanbe

    • 14m Beneteau 461
    • Australia
    • Checked in 1 day ago

Crew Wanted.

Hello Crew,
I am cruising from the Manly Qld. to Lake Macquarie NSW. I'll be leaving Manley mid December.
This will be a leisurely cruise down the coast to Lake Macquarie stopping at various locations.
I am looking for good, fun crew, non smokers, no dietry issues (unless for health reasons) with or without experience though must have the right attitude and a thirst for fun and adventure. Must be able to commit for at least 2 weeks on a contribution/share bases. l am very experienced, easy going and not in a hurry though may do the odd overnight sailing to reach our destination at times. On the way we'll make occational marina visits to reprovision, fuel, crew charge and meet the locals at their watering hole, etc.
Should you have a thirst for this kind of fun and adventure, please drop message me anytime for more details.

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  • Crew positionFriendship

  • Availability 27 Nov 2023 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 461

  • Length14 metres

  • Berth6

  • Sailing from Australia , Manly, Qld.

  • Sailing to Local sailing , Lake Macquarie NSW.

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat description46 foot sloop with three double cabins two heads and one laundry with a washing machine. She holds 800 litres of water, 200 litres of Diesel, all saftey gear, Dinghy with outboard and me as your Captain/Cook. :-) She's not fast though comfortable.

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  • NationalityKiwi/Ozzie

  • Age70

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Qualifications 1st Aid
    RYA Coastal Skipper
    RYA Yachtmaster
    STCW Fire Fighting
    VHF Radio Telephony
    STCW Able Seamens
    International Certificate Of Competency (ICC)
    PADI - Advanced Open Water

  • Sea Miles 10,000+

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Amazing Skipper and Cook


I had the best time, although sadly I wasn't on Kia Ora for as long as I would have liked. The boat and bunks are clean and tidy, you feel right at home straight away. This combined with the fact that Alan is a great skipper and is more than happy to share his knowledge with you and let you learn by doing made it a truly memorable experience. His hosting & food is incredible and he has some amazing stories to share. If you're coming aboard, you have to try alan's painkiller cocktail!! I couldn't recommend Alan more, thanks for a great few days skip.

25th Nov 2023

My best Crewbay experience yet


I am finishing a trip now with Alan, Cairns to Flinders Group near Cape Melville via Lizard Is (return) with several top reef and mangrove creek Anchorage's enroute.. Alan is a highly experienced and very competent skipper who is fun to sail and socialise with. I am completely satisfied that my financial contribution to the trip represents a very good return on investment and my time (3 weeks) was well spent. I would sail again with Alan, no worries, if timing and location work out. Alan knows lots of yachties all over the world. This meant that on this trip we sailed in company with other boats, which we met en route, thus broadening the whole experience. Just do it! It will be fun.

29th Oct 2023



Had the privilege of spending almost a month on board Kia Ora travelling up the Queensland Coast with several overnight passages - Captain Al was relaxed but extremely proficient in the management of the boat at all times. With an adjustable spanner, a screwdriver (& a multimeter :-)), Al could disassemble the entire boat & put it all back together again - he literally knows it backwards :-) He'll also tell you if you're being a numpty, but make sure YOU know all the rules if he tempts you into a round of Monopoly where he's not above exercising 'creativity'. Thanks for all the great food, Al - you deserved a short break after I left! Would love to have completed the trip to Lizard but time was against me - I'm sure it'll go well with your new crew. Life is an adventure - join Al if you can and spend some time listening to his sailing stories from around the world. It was terrific to spend time on the ocean with such an interesting host. Thanks again Alan - it was a memorable and hugely enjoyable trip - hope to join you again when the opportunity arises.

7th Oct 2023



Alan is a very experienced sailor, knows his boat well, and is a master in the galley. My time on Kia Ora was great. Alan was very comfortable sharing duties and letting me have a go at stuff. He is not easily flustered and obviously knows how to live with strangers on a boat in such a way that everyone feels comfortable. Thanks, Alan. I hope to sail with you again.

13th Sep 2023

Everything we hoped for.


spoke to Alan via crewbay and a quick phone call to get a feel for plans. Made arrangements and a rough plan. Very laid back and easy to deal with, we were unsure of how long we could stay on board but that was no problem. Had the best time, fantastic sailing, great company, perfect mix of laid back along with still keeping busy and exploring. We stayed for 6 weeks in the end and will be back on board whenever we have the opportunity. Should also note that Alan is a genius in the kitchen and provisioning, as arranged we made a monetary contribution which would cover our expenses and we ate so well on board. Cant emphasise enough how well we ate every meal, this in itself was value formoney let alone all the amazing places we visited. As a wanna be sailer alan also allowed myself and partner to further our learning and take charge of the boat some days and was a great source of kniwledfe and happy to share. We had a great time and can't wait to come back! All together a great guy and wish you all the best! Ps we just quit our jobs and will be driving north in 2 weeks. Will be in touch! ? Thanks alot Alan

18th Sep 2020

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