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    • 37ft Lavranos
    • Azores
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Crew needed for Azores to UK - July 2019

URGENT - One crew member dropped out so looking someone who can get to Azores by 10th July

The boat is a steel hulled, 37ft clipper, moored in Horta. The plan is to sail to London, setting off on or about the 12th July. Crew should arrive several days and up to 1 week prior.

We aim for 4 people on board, 3 crew plus skipper. All crew must be competent to stand watch. The norm will be 4 hour watches with two people on each watch - though if weather is very good we can switch to one person watches and catch up on sleep. This is not a race and the emphasis will be on a happy, safe passage. If the weather turns bad, we heave too, hunker down and wait. No heroics.

The boat is very solidly built, originally designed for high latitude sailing, and has just completed a refit. All safety equipment is new and much of the critical equipment is either new or fully refurbished (such as a complete overhaul of the engine and new stern gear). The boat has a monitor windvane as well as Pelagic electric self-steering. Cooking is on a Taylors kerosene stove. Passage plan available on request which also lists equipment carried.

There are two back cabins (bunks are 'cosy' for two people!) as well as 2x passage berths in the cabin, with lee cloths.

The trip is expected to take 10 days though we should allow two weeks. In the previous week, the skipper will finish some of the final bits of the todo list and undertake some day sails to shake out any bugs. It would be great if most of the crew could arrive a little early.

This will be the first ocean crossing undertaken by the skipper so he wants a solid, no nonsense crew which can work together as a team. This trip is not suitable for beginners. Couples welcome to apply.

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  • Crew positionCompetent Crew

  • Availability 10 Jul 2019 until 24 Jul 2019

  • Expenses to/from vesselPaid by crew

  • Expenses onboardPaid by skipper / boat owner

  • Team / SoloNot important

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  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • Make/modelLavranos

  • Length37 feet

  • Berth4

  • Sailing from Azores , Horta

  • Sailing to United Kingdom , London or Falmouth

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat descriptionAbout Yacht Totoro Totoro is a 37ft (11.4m) steel, hard-chine, cutter rigged sloop. The design is by Angelo Lavranos, a South African designer who made a name building blue water racers. The boat is a one off design, built in 1992 by the first owner for a round the world trip including high latitude sailing. As such, it is heavily engineered with 6mm steel below the water line and over specified rigging. It has a fairly long (but not full) keel drawing about 1.7m and a semi balanced, skeg mounted rudder. It is also foam insulated and should be warm and dry even in rough conditions. There is a small dog house (hard dodger) which provides protection when in the cockpit and allows some visibility without leaving the cabin. The engine is over specified, a 50Hp Beta Marine, which has recently undergone a major overhaul. The boat has new stern gear, including prop, shaft, stern gland and drive coupling. With 200Litre of diesel she should have good range under power. There is a 120 Amp alternator and charging system to a 400 Ah cabin battery. We are likely to need to run the engine for half an hour per day. The boat was neglected for a number of years and a great deal of remedial work has been done over the last eight months. Only a few jobs remain to be completed before the journey to the UK. The work included some welding work to the hull, refitting or replacing all through hull fittings, replacing all internal pipework connected to the hull or engine, rewiring the entire boat, cleaning and repainting water tanks, refurbishing winches and replacing the forestay furl units and so on. Victualling Totoro has tanks for 300 litres of fresh water, which is quite good for a journey of this length. Assume 4L per day per person to be conservative. We will also carry separate bottles in case the main tanks are contaminated; Say 600 nm 6 days back or to nearest port 6X16L is 100L i.e. 10 separate 10L containers in lockers. There is no working fridge. The stove is kerosene (Taylors) and there is an oven. The shower may be working, otherwise it is the submariner approach; a sink of water and washcloth. Navigation and electronics • Fixed VHF radio with DSC wired to the GPS • Handheld VHF radio • Class B AIS – send and receive, with external collision alarm and ‘radar screen’ type display • NAVTEXT weather receiver • The Primary chart plotter is built using a Raspberry pi computer running Openplotter operating system and OpenCPN as the plotter. This uses GPS data from the AIS. • To be confirmed, a fall back plotter on an IPad or Android tablet. • We may have HF / SSB. I have all of the kit but need to do a training course and get a new license – as well as finish installation. This may or may not happen in time. • Backup satnav / GPS. Old Simrad is fully working and can be reconnected if needed. We also carry a handheld / battery operated GPS in the grab bag. Charts and pilot guides • Reeds Small Craft Almanac 2019 • Shell Channel Pilot 2017 • Crossing the Thames Estuary planning tables • Imray 100 – North Atlantic Ocean Passage Chart • Imray E1 – Archipelago Azores • Imray C18 – Western Approaches to the English Channel and bay of Biscay • Imray C48 – Porto to A Caruna • Admiralty Charts English Channel Folio Safety equipment • 4 x Kru lifejackets with crotch straps – new 2019 • Storm sail • Bilge pump – new 2019 • Fog horn – compressed air and manual • Spare parts for engine; impellor, oil change, filters etc. • (To finish) Echomax EM230 radar reflector on mast • (To finish) Offshore flare pack • (To finish) Jack lines and harnesses • (To finish) Life raft – new in 2019

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  • NationalityUK

  • Age54

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Qualifications Long Range Radio Certificate
    RYA Day Skipper Practical
    RYA Power Boat Level II
    VHF Radio Telephony
    International Certificate Of Competency (ICC)

  • Sea Miles 500 - 2,500

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