Delivery Crew - Temporary / Seasonal - U.S. Virgin Islands
Crew Wanted for Beneteau 50’ Departing USVI for Panama Canal July 1st
(The Passage) I am looking for volunteer crew with an opportunity to have their expenses paid by me on this delivery starting in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands on or around July 1st and is approximately 1,000 nautical miles of most likely non-stop, down-wind, offshore sailing. Our destination is Shelter Bay Marina at the Atlantic/Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal. Our exact departure date and progress will be coordinated with and monitored by our professional weather router. Part B of this delivery, which may be an option for crew, will continue through the canal and up the West coast to San Diego in November after hurricane season.
(The Boat) Is a 2008 Beneteau 50’ which recently received a $100K+ refit in the last year followed by a very recent (3 months ago) survey which will be made available to crew. She has received new life-lines, rigging and sails, awnings and dodger, new electronics, batteries, and solar. A new dinghy and the Yanmar engine and Onan generator were both overhauled. New through-hulls and bilge pumps, plus MUCH more. She is equipped with all the standard offshore safety equipment such as Epirbs, flares, life jackets, new 8-man life raft, sat phone, and much more.
(The Captain) Is a USCG Licensed 100 Ton Master that has completed a solo circumnavigation on a 30ft Sloop and since completed over 50,000 nm of offshore deliveries and sailing instruction. I teach underway.
(The Arrangement) This is a delivery and I am seeking volunteer crew. This is not a paid position nor would you have to pay anything. There will likely be three or four of us on board in total. On-board food and passage-related expenses, fuel, marina fees, etc, will be provided by the owner in addition to travel-related expense available to those with a reasonable amount of sailing experience. Flights would be in to Saint Thomas and then later out of Panama City, Panama upon completion. All crew are expected to help with all aspects of the passage including pre-passage preparation and post passage clean up. We are alcohol free underway and you should expect to help keep an active watch as required, usually on a rotational basis both day and night, helping with navigating, collision avoidance, weather analyses, sail-handling, cooking, cleaning, repairs etc. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to gain sea-miles and especially for individuals looking to gain offshore experience, confidence, and mile-building with the supervision and instruction of a well-qualified captain underway. What you don’t know you will be taught.
(Requirements for the crew) Please send me a message or email including your phone number and any other contact info. Let me know why you would like to take this trip and if you have you been vaccinated. Tell me about your sailing experience or attach a CV. Please mention any other experience or skills you possess that could be useful at sea (engineers, medical professionals, mechanics, cooks etc,). I tend to give preference to fully vaccinated people with at least some offshore experience. You should be available to arrive in Saint Thomas on or around June 29th and have an open schedule for the following 2 weeks.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!