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  • Phill365

    • 14m Beneteau Oceanis 473
    • Greece
    • Checked in 5 days ago

Long term travel companion

I’m hoping to find a full time female travel companion / crew member to join me in cruising some of the worlds oceans and being part of this adventure with me.
If you have a passion for being on the water, long term cruising, exploring new destinations, the ability to relax and live a simple lifestyle, without the initial outlay of a vessel, then this may be the perfect opportunity for you.
I would not expect anyone to commit to long term without first doing shorter passages to ensure compatibility with the yacht and the skipper.

Although some sailing experience would be advantageous a passion for the sea, willingness to get involved and learn is of more importance to me.
In order to help ensure the safety of everyone aboard, I require crew to have a minimum of “Competent Crew” certification (subject to previous experience) before any major ocean crossings.
If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, I will be more than happy to answer any further questions you may have.
I look forward to hearing from you.

I purchased the yacht in 2018 and immediately started on an extensive refit in preparation for full time cruising. Having had a few delays along the way the refit has taken longer than originally planned.
I will be back onboard around April 2025 spending 3 months in Greece before heading to Turkey for new canvas work.

The long term plan is cruise through the Caribbean followed by the Pacific with the end destination being South East Asia. I am open to any other destinations along the way.
As with all plans, “They are written in the sand at low tide”.
I have no fixed time frame and I intend to cruise until I am physically unable to do so.
I do not have an endless cruising budget and would expect expenses to be on a shared basis. Due to some previous respondents believing that this was going to be a free world cruise, i now start with the following questions for any potential long term crew;
Are you aware of the costs associated with long term world cruising? and, What expenses would you expect to contribute towards?
I am in the process of fitting out the yacht with all new safety equipment and electronics required for offshore cruising along with adding equipment which will allow the vessel to be as self sufficient as possible (solar, water maker & generator etc).
My preference is to anchor, using marinas only when absolutely necessary.
I am easy going, very organised and the safety of others is always of the highest priority.
Although being a bit of an introvert and I enjoy meeting and socialising with fellow cruisers, as we already have a lot in common.
I have no special dietary requirements and will try almost anything.
Being an Aussie, enjoying a social drink or two... is to be expected :).
I am not opposed to smokers, however I prefer no smoking onboard.
I started sailing at age 8 and have worked, owned and lived on boats throughout my life.
I am non religious and non political.
I am in no way a fitness fanatic, although I do enjoy long walks, exploring new destinations and paddling around bays on my SUP. I am a certified diver, although it has been a long long... time between dives.
I do respect the environment and will do my part, but I‘m not on a mission to save the planet. I’m just out to enjoy my remaining time on it.
On the vessel everyone will have an equal say in all the decision making. The skipper ultimately has the final say, although everyone needs to feel safe with any sail plan.
Crew must be able to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.
Extra crew will be taken on as required for longer passages.
For long term cruising and living in a confined space, I think there needs to be some compatibility, so this is the main pre-requisite I look for in any long term crew member.
Also the must be prepared to;
Have fun.
Pitch in and learn the ropes.
Learn from each other.
Become a watch captain when short term crew are aboard.
Explore new destinations.
Live off grid (with some mod cons, of course).
Have a sense of humour.
Listen to a lot of 80s music. Sorry that's my era :).
English is the primary language aboard. An understanding of the English language is required for clear communications.

SV Southern Star IV

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  • Crew positionFriendship

  • Availability 28 Apr 2025 for the foreseeable future

  • Expenses to/from vesselPaid by crew

  • Expenses onboardNegotiable

  • Team / SoloNot important

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  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • ClassificationDhoni

  • Make/modelBeneteau Oceanis 473

  • Length14 metres

  • Berth6

  • Sailing from Greece , Leros

  • Sailing to General (Europe)

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat descriptionThe vessel has been undergoing a continual refit since 2018 in preparation for long term cruising. All electronics upgraded (2023-4), all thru hull fittings and valves replaced (2023), standing and running rigging replaced (2023), all new safety equipment, extra bilge pumps added. Currently replacing all 3 toilets and associated plumbing. Work completed; Extra solar added, Lithium batteries, all lighting replaced with LED (2022), New solar arch/dinghy davit manufactured (2023), deck hatches replaced (2023). Mast cabling and lights replaced (2019) Before leaving the Med many other upgrades will be made to make the yacht more suitable and safer for world cruising. Accommodation: 3 double cabins, 3 heads with H/C shower. Additional equipment onboard: , Portable generator, washing machine, water maker, Dinghy & outboard, BBQ and 1 x SUP

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  • NationalityAustralian

  • Age59

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Qualifications 1st Aid
    Boat Operator Licence
    Commercial Driver
    Long Range Radio Certificate
    MRCOP (Marine Radio Certificate of Proficiency)
    RYA Day Skipper Practical
    RYA Day Skipper Theory
    Safety Boating Course
    Dive Master
    Rescue Diver
    International Certificate Of Competency (ICC)

  • Sea Miles 2,500 - 10,000

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