Recreational Crew for passage from Roatan, Honduras to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
UPDATE: The crew positions for the first leg from Roatan to Panama have been filled and both of the positions for the second leg from Panama to Mexico have also been filled.
This leaves both positions still available for Leg 3 up the Pacific coast of Mexico. Crew will need to meet the boat in Bahia del Sol, El Salvador, this is about a 90 minute drive from San Salvador International Airport.
Zeppelin will be departing from Roatan, Honduras in early April, 2019 transiting the Panama Canal in late April and sailing to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with an expected arrival in late June. All together this will be nearly 3,000 miles, and will be done in 3 legs, each of which is expected to take about 3 to 4 weeks. There will be a balance of overnight and day passages with stops for rest days at various harbours along the way in each leg. We always hope to sail as much as possible however this route often requires a fair amount of motor-sailing in order to take advantage of good weather windows. Elly & Wayne, the boat owners, will be onboard and we are looking for 1 or 2 crew to help with the passage.
Third Leg Coastal Mexico, El Salvador to Puerto Vallarta.
Leave Bahia del Sol end of May with first good weather window for Gulf of Tehuantepec. Harbour hop up coast with possible stops in Huatulco, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Las Hadas/Manzanillo, Barra de Navidad, and other lesser known spots. Arrive in Puerto Vallarta/La Cruz during last week of June.
Zeppelin is an outstanding design that has been professionally maintained and is in excellent condition. She is a center cockpit sloop and is comfortable, fast and very well equipped for extended cruising, liveaboard and diving. We have lived onboard Zeppelin full time for over 18 years, with 24 years of full time liveaboard in total including our previous boat. We sailed Zeppelin from Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Roatan during 2009 – 2012 and have operated a successful Liveaboard Diving and Sailing charter business in Roatan for the past 6 years. We have over 10,000 NM of offshore experience, 35 years of sailing and boat ownership, extensive coastal cruising of the Pacific coast of North America, Central America, and the Western Caribbean, and coastal and offshore racing. We are both PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. We are now moving from Roatan to the Sea of Cortez and are looking for crew to help with the trip on a shared expenses basis. The crew will be asked to contribute $20 per day to help pay the trip expenses, including fuel, marina fees, customs & immigration fees, routine maintenance costs, etc. Provisioning of food and drink will be on a shared cost basis separately from the daily fee, we will do the shopping together for the trip legs and divide the costs equally to ensure that everyone has food and drink that they are happy with. Please, no dietary restrictions or special requirements.
Crew will be responsible for any of their expenses off the boat (restaurants, drinking, entertainment, etc.) and their travel expenses to and from the vessel. All crew are expected to help with all aspects of the passage including pre-passage preparation and post passage clean up. We are alcohol free underway and you will be expected to keep an active watch, sometimes alone at night, and participate in steering, sail-handling, cooking, cleaning, repairs etc. You may also participate in navigation and weather routing with the Captain if that interests you. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or a couple looking to gain experience, cruising confidence and mile-building on a well found, very comfortable boat with a well experienced captain.
Please contact us and tell us why you want to take this trip and about your sailing experience. Please mention any experience or skills that you possess that could be useful at sea, the ability to speak Spanish would be an asset. We are looking for crew who know they do not get seasick and we have a strict non-smoking policy while onboard the boat. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!