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  • davesmith774

    • 56, British
    • United Kingdom
    • Checked in 4 days ago

Sea gypsy

Hello, I've got to the stage in life with no dependents that going to work is starting to feel more and more like groundhog day. At the age of 56 life is becoming too short to miss out on what the world has to offer. I'm well aware that I may not have the fitness in 15 years time so I'm intending not to miss out. I'd rather be standing at the bar in my 70's talking about where I've been rather than I should have been. I'm a civil servant working for the MoD for the past 24 years as an instructional officer. However, if the right opportunity comes up I may consider retiring. This isn't going to give me a great pension so please don't ask for £50 a day for the cabin plus contributions as I simply cannot afford that. I have been sailing for the past 6-7 years and within my first month of learning to sail I went from a total amateur to Day Skipper (practical) within a month, I say that to hopefully show you that I have a genuine passion for sailing. Since then I have passed relevant courses associated i.e VHF, Sea survival, Yachtmaster theory and the RYA cat 'C' first aid. I am hoping to achieve my YM offshore in 2019-2020. I have chartered twice abroad; once on a flotilla in Turkey and secondly a bareboat charter in Croatia. I jointly skipper/race a 32ft (SJ 320) in the UK from a port called Scarborough and have competed in the North Sea Race to Holland 2017 & 2019. Currently my experience has been gained from over 3000 miles racing mainly on weekends on coastal and bay races. I'm more than happy to take night watches or partake in general maintenance. I don't get sea sick, one of the lucky ones, I'm more than happy to go from the helm, winches, main or standby the galley cooking a meal on the passage. Also just as happy to help plan or take my stint at the chart table. I have done some cruising on a catamaran in 2018, sailing down from Corsica to Sicily as part of a holiday with a member from Crewbay fraternity and again in 2019 sailed on 52ft Oceanis down the west leg of Italy. Thank you for looking at my profile and if you think I can help out in anyway then please get in touch. Dave.

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  • Availability Available now

  • LocationUnited Kingdom

  • NationalityBritish

  • Age56

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languagesEnglish

  • Visible tattoosNo

  • VISAs None

  • Sea miles2,500 - 10,000

  • Required position Deckhand
    Delivery Crew
    Competent Crew

  • Location preferenceMediterranean

  • Expected arrangement Professional / Recreational

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  • Jun 2013 RYA Day Skipper Theory Complete

  • Jun 2013 RYA Day Skipper Practical Complete

  • Sep 2013 VHF Radio Telephony Complete

  • Apr 2014 RYA Sea Survival Complete

  • Oct 2018 RYA 1st Aid Complete

  • Sep 2019 ENG1 cert. Complete

  • Sep 2019 CEVNI Progressing

  • Oct 2019 RYA Power Boat Level II Progressing

  • Oct 2019 RYA Yachtmaster Progressing

  • Nov 2019 RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance Progressing

  • Oct 2019 International Certificate Of Competency (ICC) Progressing

  • Sep 2019 STCW 95 Personal Safety and Social Responsibility Progressing

  • Apr 2014 RYA Yachtmaster Theory Complete

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  • Galley Assistant
  • Cooking
  • Microsoft office
  • Photo editing
  • Waterskiing
  • Canyoning
  • Fishing
  • Route planning
  • Line handling
  • Watch-keeping
  • Fore and aft trimming
  • Radio Operator
  • Weather planning
  • Navigation
  • Helmsmen
  • Marine First Aid
  • Teaching
  • Tender driving
  • Diesel engine repair
  • Cleaning
  • Managerial Skills
  • IT Literate
  • Provisioning
  • Sail repairs
  • Rig maintenance/Set-up
  • Fiberglass Repair
  • Varnishing
  • Polishing
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