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    • 30ft McGruer Lorne Class sloop
    • United States
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Watch: Nymph Sails the Salish Sea

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

LET'S BEGIN NOW...this cruise is postponed until 2025, but let's sail together and start planning the trip in this 2024 sailing season! Come to Friday Harbor (San Juan Islands,WA) this spring, summer, and/or fall....to visit, cruise, and day-sail. Send me a message here.
I am seeking 'able' crew * to sail from Friday Harbor, WA to/from Glacier Bay, AK, via the Inside-Passage...with some offshore passages.
Go one way? Juneau airport is within a 3-day sailboat transit from Glacier Bay, the northern limit of the adventure. A one-way trip takes a month or so, without rushing.
I am a heterosexual male. I prefer one female as crew. For a long cruise Nymph is really a 2-person boat.
I get along best with women....have always chosen women to share an adventure with, and as doctors and bosses. I am a gentle man, and dislike confrontation, competition, and yelling. No yelling! Besides that, I'm a cripple: I'd be easy to evade. You won't have a 'me-too' moment with me.
My strong, intelligent, successful mother and four sisters are one reason why I relate to and respect woman most.
My career as an earth scientist has allowed me to explore and understand the planet. I've studied and charted the seafloor globally, and been involved in many scientific projects in environmental protection.
I've done the 1500-mile one-way trip south from Glacier Bay single-handed, taking 42 days, in 1996. I have a good idea what to expect, though I'm sure much has changed.
I’ve sailed as much as possible for almost 60 years. I've raced one- designs, but enjoyed cruising most.
I now use a wheelchair on land (last 18-years). I backpacked extensively in my youth. Now sailing gets me immersed in nature. My sailboat is a magic carpet! I can't walk, yet Nymph allows me to go anywhere, gracefully.....WITH YOUR HELP.
I can’t sail alone now. I stay in the cockpit when we're under-way. You'll need to operate the manual windlass, change head-sails on the fore-deck, and reef the mainsail, etc.
I don’t need a nurse. My electric wheelchair folds, weighs 60-lbs, and resides in a waterproof bag on a side-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 Inside Passage anchorages (I explore in the dinghy).
On the boat, I stay in the cockpit and pilot. 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 after I gain confidence in them.
I'm open to input on better ways to do things. HOWEVER, I insist on tasks be done my way FOR A WHILE. For example, I need anchoring to be done as I say because I can't see the fore-deck, and only know how anchor, chain, etc., are left if you do it my way, so I know things are ready for an emergency. PLEASE READ THIS PARAGRAPH AGAIN. DON'T WASTE OUR TIME.
This will be a challenging trip. Cold water, lots of rain, with long days and short nights (high latitude in summer). Twenty-foot tides, very strong currents, whirlpools, gusty winds.
Many beautiful days too, Awesome views. And the wood-stove burning in the cabin in the mornings and evenings to keep us dry and comfortable.
I want to feel and see these waters again because this is a profound, life-changing experience. It reinforces my bond with, and highest regard for the natural environment. Wildlife of every kind, stunning views, and some days with never a sight of anything associated with humanity. The towns and villages are interesting too, though.
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.
* 'able' crew in this case means: listens well, can hoist, reef, and furl sails, handle anchor and manual windlass, assist in docking and line handling, keep gear tidy and accessible on deck and below. Basic cooking too. And smiles!
. More details about the boat are at:
. http://jackschooley.com/NYMPH/
At the bottom of page 1 on Nymph's website, you'll find my email address. Send me a note and we'll begin.
. Let's chat now! Jack.

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  • Crew positionCompetent Crew

  • Availability 13 May 2025 until 15 Sep 2025

  • 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 description Nymph 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 17-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....but not at all a 'push button' cruiser. She has cruised several thousand miles (>6k) in the Salish Sea region. .... More boat details at: http://jackschooley.com/NYMPH/ ... At the bottom of page 1 on Nymph's website, you"ll see my email address. Send me a note now! ...

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  • NationalityUSA (Irish-Scottish-English ancestry)

  • Age62

  • 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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