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  • IanB273

    • 38ft Hallberg-Rassy 38
    • France
    • Checked in 16 hours ago

Thistle Doo heading out from Europe and back to Australia

The decks of Thistle Doo are short of crew, and that she's about to head out soon - not a good state of affairs!!

Update: Currently at Brest, shorty leaving for Spain then Portugal where 2 crew members are waiting. Room for one more heading to Panama and beyond, via the Canaries.

Finishing up the installation of solar and wind generation systems, HydroVane steering and all running rigging ready for passage sailing. Heading off for proving-sailing and then across the Atlantic and Pacific - or the Atlantic and the Southern Ocean; just depends on what becomes most viable.

I can do it single-handed but just why? Much better to share the adventure and the rewards. One thing though, I need crew that knows how to sail; I can teach "Thistle Doo", but can't teach "beginner sailors". Please, if you can't sail, have little experience then please don't apply

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Just an update, not trying to be rude, evasive, selfish, just the coronavirus outbreak has lots of implications here and just how things go, are still not clear. But finally, things seem to be opening up.

But one thing emerges now, regarding entry to Australia. For some time it might be difficult for someone without residency or a visa, or a prepaid airline ticket, to enter so keep that in mind. It seems that an Aussies or Kiwis would have no such problems though. To sail with me, you must have a way of managing this situation.


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  • Crew positionMile building

  • Availability 31 Dec 2020 for the foreseeable future

  • Expenses to/from vesselPaid by crew

  • Expenses onboardContribution on a shared basis

  • Team / SoloNot important

  • Thistle Doo crossing the Atlantic

    Just an update to my previous advertisement. Currently at Cascais, shorty leaving for Spain then Portugal where 2 crew members are waiting. We need one more for heading to the Caribbean, Panama and beyond, via the Canaries. I'm leaving this week for Lisb...

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  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • Make/modelHallberg-Rassy 38

  • Length38 feet

  • Berth8

  • Sailing from France , Brest

  • Sailing to Australia , several and I'm open to suggestion

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat descriptionsolid, round-bilge, long-keel, blue water cruiser albeit old-school in ways Liferaft, EPIRB, 2 station vhf with AIS, jacklines, flares, radar, solar panels/wind generator, Raymarine Evo autopilot, HydroVane self steering, Chart Plotter... sleeps 8 but I don't want more than 3. She handles like a honey and storms in the North Sea and crossing and across the Bay of Biscay caused no panic in her. Her sails are heavyweight too. I would prefer to run all her lines back to the cockpit but that's not really possible unless I change the mast. Biggest flaw is that she reverses like a drunk pig

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  • NationalityAustralia

  • Age66

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Qualifications RYA Day Skipper Practical

  • Sea Miles 2,500 - 10,000

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