Key West to Baltimore
I'm looking for one crew member to help my girlfriend and me move my Catalina 42 from Key West back to Baltimore, MD. Here are the details:
When: Weather permitting, we are planning to depart Key West on Friday, April 16th. The trip took about a month on the way down and I expect it will take about that much time to go back up the coast. Ideally crew would be able to join for the duration, but if you can be onboard for a 2-week section, that would also be fine.
Itinerary: I plan to capitalize on the longer spring days by making coastal day hops with the occasional overnight passage; hence the reason the trip will take about a month. This is not a straight shot delivery from Key West to Baltimore, but rather a coastal cruise using a mix of offshore hops and the ICW. We'll make the decisions as a group about where to anchor/dock each night. A sample itinerary may look something like day hops from Key West to Marathon, to Miami, to Ft. Lauderdale, to West Palm Beach, to Ft. Pierce. Overnight to St. Augustine. Then day hops to St. Mary's inlet, GA, to Brunswick, to Savannah. Then ICW to Hilton Head and a day hop to Charleston. Then offshore overnight to Cape Fear Inlet. ICW to Masonboro and then offshore to Beaufort, NC. From there will stay inside the ICW to Norfolk, VA and hopefully catch some good sailing days in the NC rivers and sounds. After Norfolk a sail up the Chesapeake. The Chesapeake is my home cruising ground so I'm happy to stop anywhere crew likes. Obviously this is a very general itinerary we'll all be discussing the itinerary on a daily basis as we progress north.
The Boat: S/V B&B is a 2005 Catalina 42 MkII. She is nicely equipped for making a comfortable cruise up the east coast. She has 3 private sleeping cabins and 2 heads. Crew will be provided with one of the two private aft sleeping berths. Onboard Gear includes refrigerator/freezer, A/C and heat whenever connected to shore power, gas stove/oven, epirb, global tracking and radar. Draft is 5' and Air draft is 60' so she is easily ICW capable.
Ideal Crew: This will be my 3rd time making this trip so I have good level of comfort with it but need crew to assist with watches, line handling and other basic cruising tasks. I've been sailing for about 10 years and I'm happy to share my knowledge along the way, but for this trip I want crew that has some of their own experience. Crew should have command of boat terminology, points of sail and general sailing vocabulary. They should be able to read charts, use chart plotter and have experience anchoring, picking up moorings and docking. They should have knowledge of basic sailing maneuvers, e.g. tack, jibe, reef, etc and strength enough to secure gear to deck, hoisting dinghy and outboard. This will be a 3 person crew with you, my girlfriend, and me. I've found having much more than this and the boat gets crowded. My girlfriend works remotely from the boat, so there will often be days where we are handling the sailing and my girlfriend is below deck working.
This is a non-smoking boat. Drinking is OK... we are sailors after all!
Let me know if you are interested in joining.