Sweden and Germany
I've been using a few different crew finding websites for years now, Crewbay is a good one though. I've owned a number of boats and have sailed with so many different people. So why do I look for crew to join my sailing?
Firstly, it seems to me that owning a boat is a big responsibility, and a lot of materials and work have gone in to the making of it - so it is only right to then share it with others. Everybody on the planet can't own their own boat always.
Secondly, I'm learning still. The idea is to progressively work towards creating the ultimate boating experience for everyone. I need to know how to manage a project, and create the conditions where people can enjoy and contribute with ease. In future I intend to have larger yachts capable of more extensive cruising, and I'll need crew then too. This is all part of that dream.
New crew opportunity: Sweden (Karlshamn) to Germany and cruising in Rügen. Starting now Monday August 26th and for 5 days, finishing on 1st September back in Karlshamn.
The plan is open so we can decide where to go - as we go, and as the weather and wind decides too.
Shared expenses on board, and in my experience it is approximately €12 per day per person. Not bad for all included food, harbours, marinas, fuel etc. It's supposed to be possible for anyone on any budget to come sailing! I pay for all materials and maintenance of the boat - not the crew! Oh, and I should say that food is preferred vegetarian. Also, alcohol and cigarettes and such things in moderation or not at all please!
So far this year we have completed 1800 miles with the boat on the Baltic.
=== The Skipper / Captain ===
I am a RYA yacht master, trained in the Isle of White and in the Solent. I've crossed the Atlantic more than a dozen times, and work on sailing boats professionally. Usually on racing mono-hulls and multi-hulls.
I'm Swedish and aged 33. My languages are English and Swedish, but also French. I can more or less understand Spanish and German.
This advert on Crewbay concerns sailing on my spare time, so not as a job.
=== The yacht ===
This is a multi-hull (trimaran) of 39 foot over all - it's a Kelsall 39 design. Comfortable enough living for 6 people.
It is an ocean going vessel that has completed two transatlantic passages already. The yacht is also perfect for the shallow water areas, and the best anchorages and little hide-away harbours can be found with this boat.
=== The Conditions ===
This is a good trip for anyone wanting to learn more about sailing, and simply sail more miles. Walking, swimming and enjoying the good life as well of course.
We run a shared expenses deal on board. Generally ports and harbours are very cheap, so the expenses will never be high. As said before about €15 per day is the upper estimate and we will try to do it cheaper. If you want to see parts of Scandinavia and the Baltic states this is absolutely the budget way. And a good way!
Hope to hear from you, and maybe even see you on board soon!