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  • XtaSea

    • 51, USA
    • United States
    • Checked in 11 hours ago

Engineer/Sailor/Diver, drug/smoke-free, ready for expeditions, fun sails, instruction, deliveries, yacht management

July 2021 update: USCG 100T Master credentials almost complete, awaiting finalization. (Aux Sail. Commercial Tow. Marine Radio Operator. First-Aid/CPR. STCW Basic 4 Modules. 10-panel drug test. Background check. Full medical/vision. TWIC. Covid Vaccination. All complete.)

Greetings, currently looking for catamarans & monohulls for long distance delivery, short term opportunities, and leisure excursions on boats with a positive atmosphere. I am a mechanically oriented electrical & electronics engineer with a career dedicated to marine, aerospace, and biomedical. Semi-professional photographer & videographer. FAA registered drone pilot. Can troubleshoot and often fix a diverse variety of issues that may arise on a boat.

Notable sailings included taking a cigar boat non-stop from Florida to Bahamas, taking all helm night shifts of a 56' ketch from Washington to California, working on dive charters in Turkey, sailing around the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, island hopping around Fiji and San Juans, crewing in sailing races in the Whitsundays and Columbia River, and double-handing a Caliber LRC around Hawaiian islands.

Have been described as dependable, charismatic, and fun to be around. Received recognitions for staying calm in emergencies and foul weather. Competent on power and sail boats with a personal affinity towards yachts in the 44’-54' range.

Received my first CoC (Certificate of Proficiency for Amateur Seaman) in 1993 for 20m (65 ft) & 50 GRT. Renewed it with a lifetime ICC (International Certificate of Competence) in 2007. PADI Divemaster since 1994. Had NAUI Instructor cert at one time, however no longer maintain it. Multiple First-Aid/CPR/AED certifications.

Lifelong passion for being on or under water. Open minded towards alternative lifestyles and diverse religious & political views. Have traveled in 21 countries, blended in well with the locals, and honed skills to rapidly adapt to customs and local regulations.

Would like to earn my Yachtmaster Offshore someday and therefore I am particularly interested in projects that have an instructor on board who can support this goal.

Love sharing my knowledge. Taught swimming, waterpolo, diving, rock climbing, GPS, boating, and wilderness navigation & survival to individuals and teams.

In addition to my individual engineering contributions, a majority of my career involved technical leadership and management. Very good at keeping progress on track and within budget. Have extensive experience in troubleshooting & repairing mechanical, electrical, electronic and hydraulic components on outboards, L-drives, cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Expert in sealants and adhesives used in applications where pressure, sand, salt fog and temperature parameters determine reliability. Competent in arc and MIG welding. Expert in connectors and troubleshooting circuits cards down to component level. IPC Certified in high reliability soldering strategies as well as wire terminations and cable harness routing.

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About me

  • Availability Available now

  • LocationUnited States

  • NationalityUSA

  • Age51

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languagesEnglish, Turkish

  • Basic knowledge ofSpanish

  • SmokerNo

  • Visible tattoosNo

  • VISAs None

  • Sea miles10,000+

  • Required position Mile building
    Competent Crew
    Captain/Engineer
    1st Mate

  • Expected arrangement Professional / Recreational

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Qualifications

5
  • Jan 1994 Dive Master Complete

  • Jan 1993 Rescue Diver Complete

  • Jan 1993 ICC Power/Sail Complete

  • Jan 2015 Boat Operator Licence Complete

  • Jan 2007 RYA Competent Crew Complete

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Skills

  • Bartender
  • Provisioning
  • Cooking
  • Microsoft office
  • Photo editing
  • Software development
  • Video editing
  • Waterskiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Climbing
  • Free-diving
  • Fishing
  • Route planning
  • Line handling
  • Watch-keeping
  • Sail repairs
  • Rig maintenance/Set-up
  • Fore and aft trimming
  • Rigging
  • Radio Operator
  • Weather planning
  • Navigation
  • Helmsmen
  • Crane Operation
  • Nutritionist
  • Helicopter Pilot
  • Tender driving
  • Photography
  • Marine First Aid
  • Drone pilot
  • Diesel engine repair
  • Car mechanic
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Welder
  • Fiberglass Repair
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Carpentary
  • Plumbing and Heating
  • General building
  • Varnishing
  • Polishing
  • Cleaning
  • Managerial Skills
  • IT Literate
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Q: What’s your funniest experience? Autopilot caused a sudden & unintentional 180 degree turn during a delivery on a snowy Winter night. While a large barge was approaching on the Columbia River.

Q: Gin and Tonic in a beautiful anchorage or trimming the sails to get an extra half knot? Trimming the sails so we can get safer & faster to the said anchorage to start the gin & tonic.

Q: What’s your favourite boating experience? Sailing around 12 islands of Fiji.

Q: What are your sailing ambitions? What’s the next challenge? Traveling the world and visiting every country that has a shoreline. Ocean crossing with the fewest crew possible.

Q: What is it about being on the water that makes you tick? Frequent loud music or TV in the background.

Q: What’s your worst boating experience? Not having a boat to sail on.

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