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    • 47ft Custom Stan Huntingford Sloop
    • Honduras
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Recreational Crew for passage from Roatan, Honduras to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

UPDATE: One of the available crew positions for the first leg from Roatan to Panama has been filled and both of the positions for the second leg from Panama to Mexico have also been filled.

This leaves one position left on Leg 1 and both positions still available for Leg 3 up the Pacific coast of Mexico.

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 mid to 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. Crew may join us for any or all of the legs, Leg 1 and leg 3 may also be joined for part of them as we will be near airports. 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. Divers will really like this trip, we are both PADI Instructors, the boat is fully equipped with dive gear and compressor and we plan to stop at our favourite spots.

The Journey
First leg Roatan/Panama
Leave Roatan first week of April, stop in Guanaja & Providencia for a few days each to relax and dive, stay in Bocas del Toro, Panama about 1 week while we get the Canal transit arranged, 2 days sail to Colon, 2 days through the canal, 3 days provisioning in Panama City, leave end of April/early May. About 4 weeks in total, 2 weeks of which are in Panama due to canal transit.

Second leg Panama to Mexico
Leave Panama City, sail to NW Panama Islands, stop for a few days to dive & rest, sail past Costa Rica with 2 stops to rest overnight in remote anchorages, continue to Bahia del Sol, El Salvador. Assuming conditions allow bar crossing go into Bahia and spend 3 days relaxing. Continuing on to Chiapas Marina, San Benito, Mexico to check into Mexico and reprovision etc. at Tapachula, a nearby city with airport. Total about 3 to 4 weeks depending on departure from Panama and weather windows, leave end of May. If we are able to leave Panama early and get good weather we may check into Costa Rica so we can stop at the Oso Peninsula and Playa del Coco to dive but if we are pressed for time we will skip that.

Third Leg Coastal Mexico Chiapas to Puerto Vallarta
Leave Chiapas 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.

These legs have been set up to be about 3 to 4 weeks each and provide easy access to & from the boat at airports. First leg would probably be best to fly into Roatan and out of Panama City; second leg into Panama City and out of El Salvador or Tapachula; and third leg into Tapachula and out of PV. Likely the best flights would be to book round trip tickets out of major airports and short local flights from within the countries to meet the boat. Crew are welcome to join us for any number of the legs, they can also join us for a portion of Leg 1 or Leg 3 as we will have easy access to airports for crew to come and go.

About Us
Zeppelin is a beautiful 47 foot custom Stan Huntingford 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 our charter business 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.

About You
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. Let us know which leg(s) you are interested in, crew may join us for any number of the legs. 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!

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  • Crew positionNovice Crew

  • Availability 1 Apr 2019 until 30 Jun 2019

  • Expenses to/from vesselPaid by crew

  • Expenses onboardContribution on a shared basis

  • Team / SoloNot important

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Vessel

  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • Make/modelCustom Stan Huntingford Sloop

  • Length47 feet

  • Berth6

  • Sailing from Honduras , Roatan

  • Sailing to Mexico , Puerto Vallarta

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat descriptionZeppelin is a custom one-off design drawn by Stan Huntingford, a terrific Pacific Northwest yacht designer whose designs include the well known Maple Leaf 42, 48 and 54, Rafiki 37, Slocum 43, Passport 42, and Liberty 49, as well as numerous others. All his boats have the reputation of being comfortable, fast, sea-kindly cruisers and we have owned two of them, a Maple Leaf 42 and now Zeppelin. She is a flush deck, centre cockpit sloop, measuring 47 feet overall with 15 feet of beam, 42 feet of waterline and 7 feet of draft. Her designed displacement is 30,000 lbs; she is about 37,500 in full cruising trim. She has a deep fin keel with shallow bilges and a fairly flat run aft to a full skeg and rudder. The hull is very powerful, with the beam carried well aft to a transom that measures 11 feet wide. She is constructed in fiberglass with an Airex cored hull and balsa cored deck and is of immensely strong construction. The flush deck makes for a dry deck due to the high freeboard, and also provides a terrific working and playing platform and a very large volume of space inside the boat for accommodations and storage. The centre cockpit design gives us three sleeping cabins, two heads both with showers, a large galley and spacious main saloon. We can sleep up to eight people in four private cabins while in port and have four offshore sea berths. The cockpit is partially enclosed by a custom designed fixed windshield with side glass panels and hard top and the rest can be partially enclosed by canvas. Zeppelin is sloop rigged, with a removable inner forestay and running backstays for ocean passages. She has twin backstays, roller furling jib, mainsail slab reefing, lazy jacks and cruising spinnaker gear, we have 4 headsails plus the spinnaker. All control lines for sail handling and reefing are led into the cockpit for safety & easy handling. The main engine is a Perkins 4-236 85 HP diesel with 130 amp alternator and Balmar 3-Stage Smart Regulator. Auxiliary charging for the 900 amp-hour main battery bank is through a 3000 watt Samlex inverter/charger with 130 amp charger, a Next Gen 5.5 KW diesel generator, and two 300 watt solar panels with MPPT controller. Fuel tankage is 110 US gallons and provides a cruising range of about 700 miles at 6 knots, maximum speed is 8 knots. Water tankage is 130 US gallons and there is a 25 GPH PRO reverse osmosis watermaker driven by the generator. Miscellaneous gear includes a 6 man liferaft in a valise and all required safety gear, offshore harness lifejackets, etc. Electronics: Comnav Commander hydraulic below deck autopilot Garmin Echomap 94sv GPS chartplotter/sounder Nexus Wind NX+ wind speed and direction Standard Horizon Matrix GS 2000 VHF with Ram 3 remote microphone, AIS display on both main unit and remote, Class B AIS receive unit Furuno Model 1715 LCD Radar, 24 mile range, mast mounted scanner unit Ritchie 6 inch Powerdamp stainless steel compass, binnacle mount Garmin GPS76 handheld GPS Icom IC-M34 submersible floating handheld VHF TCL 32 inch HD LED TV Samsung DVD/Bluray player Vizio Soundbar with active subwoofer Sails: Full battened Leitch McBride mainsail, 3 reef points, good condition Furling 135% genoa, Macken sails, sunbrella cover, good condition Furling working jib, Macken Sails, good condition Storm jib, hanks on to inner forestay, never used, new condition Windseeker light air staysail with internal luff wire, very little use, as new Tri-radial spinnaker, recut to asymmetrical for use as gennaker, good condition Rigging: Rig: Sloop with removable inner forestay and running backstays Backstays: 2 Shrouds: 2 spreader rig with upper and intermediate shrouds and fore and aft lowers Harken roller furling for jib Aluminum mast & boom Slab reefing, all lines led into cockpit Lazy jacks with stack pack mainsail cover Anchoring: Rocna Vulcan 73 lb. main anchor 200 feet of 3/8 BBB chain 150 feet of 7/8 gold braid nylon rode attached to chain Fortress FX37 stern/back-up anchor 75 feet of 3/8 BBB chain 150 feet of 7/8 3 strand nylon rode attached to chain Lofrans Tigres 1200 watt electric anchor windlass with foot switch Salt water washdown system

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  • NationalityCanadian

  • Age62

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Basic knowledge of Spanish

  • Qualifications 1st Aid
    Boat Operator Licence
    CPR
    PADI Instructor

  • Sea Miles 10,000+

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