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Sail the Inside-Passage - Puget Sound to/from Glacier Bay

LET'S BEGIN NOW ! but this cruise is postponed until 2022 due to COVID. Let's start communicating and planning NOW.
I am seeking able crew* to sail from Friday Harbor, WA to/from Glacier Bay (s.e AK), via the Inside-Passage...with some offshore passages.
Go one way? Fine. Juneau airport is within a 2-day sailboat transit from Glacier Bay, A one-way trip takes about a month, without rushing.
I've done the 1500-mile one-way trip south alone, taking 42 days. I have a good idea what to expect.
I’ve sailed as much as possible for more than 55 years. I now use a wheelchair on land (last 15-years). I can’t sail alone now, and need minor help ashore also....mainly getting off the boat. I don’t need a nurse.
The electric wheelchair folds, weighs 60-lbs, and resides in a waterproof bag on deck. It is hoisted onto the dock using the main halyard. I'd likely only take it ashore in towns since it can't deal with the rough terrain at most anchorages.
On the boat, I stay in the cockpit, navigate, and steer ('piloting'). I’m good at explaining what needs to be done and how. I’m very careful on the water and considerate of crew. I'm glad to share the piloting with crew that I gain confidence in.
This will be a challenging trip in cold water, rain, with long days and short nights (high latitude in summer). Twenty-foot tides, strong currents, strong winds. Many beautiful days too, and the woodstove burning in the cabin in the evenings to keep us dry and comfortable.
I want to feel and see it again because it is a profound experience for those that have the highest regard for the natural environment. Wildlife of every kind and stunning views, and some days with never a sight of anything associated with humanity.
There are many aspects of this cruise which can be decided before departure. The weather-window implies a start here in Friday Harbor after May 1st, and end here before September 15th (3 or 4 month weather window).
* able crew means - listens well, can hoist and furl sails, handle anchor and windlass, assist in docking and line handling, keep gear tidy and accessible on deck and below. Basic cooking too. And smiles! I'm a straight male.
Details about the boat are at: http://jackschooley.com/NYMPH/

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  • Crew positionCompetent Crew

  • Availability 13 May 2022 until 1 Oct 2022

  • Expenses to/from vesselPaid by crew

  • Expenses onboardPaid by skipper / boat owner

  • Team / SoloNot important

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  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • Make/modelMcGruer Lorne Class sloop

  • Length30 feet

  • Berth3

  • Sailing from United States , Friday Harbor, WA

  • Sailing to United States , Various - Glacier Bay & back

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat descriptionNymph was built in Scotland in 1963 by McGruer Yacht Builders. She came to the Puget Sound region on her own bottom in 1980, via the Atlantic, the Canal and Hawaii. After a 15-year project to refit and restore her, Nymph is now in excellent condition both aesthetically and structurally. She is strong, beautiful, and able. Nymph is a traditionally built wood boat, that feels good to voyage in. Nymph is completely equipped for comfortable and safe sailing and has cruised several thousand miles (>5k) in the Salish Sea region. . More boat details at: http://jackschooley.com/NYMPH/ .

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  • NationalityUSA (Irish-Scottish-English ancestry)

  • Age61

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Basic knowledge of Spanish

  • Qualifications 1st Aid
    Safety at Sea/Sea Survival
    USS Celestial Navigation

  • Sea Miles 10,000+

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