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  • Bartek Sońta

    • 39, Polish (Shengen) with B1/B2 Visa
    • Panama
    • Checked in 1 week ago

Offshore and long term cruising, friendship, deliveries and taking care of your vessel as AEC1&2 engineer. Sailed 22k+Nm

I'm an IT Security Professional, with lifelong passion for the sea, in Nov 2023 I've shifted my IT career over to long term leisure cruising, deliveries and taking care of your vessel - in a friendly spirit!

>>>>>Currently in Panama<<<<<

- Available - if not already at the sea (see tracking page : https://sailingscanner.pl)
- I'm not a professional seafarer with "gold straps" on my shoulders. I'm focused on fun sailing and not really getting paid. I know that I have logged some miles but happy to join any adventures as crew.
- 22k+ NM of sailing experience as skipper and crew with Yachmaster certification recognized by insurance companies (including 2x Ocean Crossing on 46ft and 59ft catamaran)
- full STCW Basic Sea Safety
- MCA AEC1 and AEC2 + hands on experience
- Tidy, healthy, no food-restrictions, no tattoos, no additions (well, may be two: sailing and sailboat repairs)
- EU Citizenship / Schengen Passport (exp. 2031), B1/B2 visa (exp. 2024)
- Own safety equipment like EPIRB, MOB, Garmin InReach, Iridium Go, PFD + own worldwide insurance including GEOS membership.

I will be excited to join your vessel regardless if its short (week(s)) or long term (years) cruising. Since 2009 I live in Barcelona where I enjoy outdoor activities like sailing, scuba diving, camping, hiking, snowboarding and mountain biking.

Life Is Too Short To Spend Most Of It At A ‘Day Job’ - so I quit my stable IT job:
Since some time I have been preparing my economical and small passive income sources like my own IT security company to close doors of my flat and go sailing for 3-6-12-∞ months. I'm open for any type of sailing and boat maintenance opportunities. I would love to learn from more experienced skippers and crews.

"McGyver" on board - with MCA AEC1 AEC2 certification:
I have some hands on experience maintaining outboard, diesel engines and electric, electronic, RF radio systems on the yacht as well hull maintenance. I feel comfortable with designing, configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting of electrical equipment like solar panels, charging controllers, gensets, inverters, power banks and battery management systems. I can manage refit projects of reasonable size and "mañana" like (difficult) providers. My rule of thumb is to leave yacht in better condition regardless if its charter, delivery or private yacht.

My passion towards sailing started as a teenager while sailing on the big Polish lakes - mainly on the the small ~23-27ft sailing yachts. Since 1998 I hold my Inland Skipper. Since 2011 I hold ISSA Offshore Skipper "certificate" (50GT, 100NM from shore, sailing yachts up to 24m) and in April 2022 I hold skipper license (issued by Polish Yacht Association, unlimited miles from the shore but yachts up to 18m/60ft) - Fully recognized by insurance companies e.g. for Atlantic crossing (I did my crossing in December 2022 on FP59 and November 2023 on Lagoon 46).
I took STCW Basic Security training and I have valid ENG1 equivalent cert.
I have logged 22k+ NM which is good starting point to learn more.

I own my safety gear like offshore-PFD, MOB1 (AIS), PLB (406Mhz SAR) and satellite communications devices like Iridium Go (ready for activation), Garmin InReach Mini ( https://share.garmin.com/bsasecure) and couple of hand held VHF radios ( SRC license). I have my own insurance that covers medical evacuation and active GEOS membership.

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About me

  • Availability Available now

  • LocationPanama

  • NationalityPolish (Shengen) with B1/B2 Visa

  • Age39

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languagesEnglish, Spanish, Polish

  • Basic knowledge ofCzech

  • SmokerNo

  • Visible tattoosNo

  • VISAs Schengen visa (or EU citizenship)

  • Sea miles10,000+

  • Required position Friendship
    Delivery Crew
    Competent Crew

  • Expected arrangement Professional / Recreational

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  • Jun 2011 Short Range VHF / GMDSS Complete

  • Jun 2016 PADI - Advanced Open Water Complete

  • Jun 2011 PADI - Open Water Complete

  • Jun 2011 ISSA Offshore Skipper license Complete

  • Apr 2022 Polish PYA - Yacht Skipper Complete

  • Jul 1998 Polish PYA - Inland Skipper Complete

  • Apr 2022 Polish PYA - Helmsman (Power boat) Complete

  • Aug 2022 STCW Basic Safety Training Complete

  • Aug 2022 STCW Fire Fighting Complete

  • Aug 2022 STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility Complete

  • Aug 2022 STCW 1st Aid Complete

  • May 2023 ENG1 cert. Complete

  • Apr 2023 MCA /RYA Approved Engine Course Complete

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  • Scuba diving
  • Surfing
  • Canyoning
  • Climbing
  • Route planning
  • Line handling
  • Filing & Fairing
  • Watch-keeping
  • Fore and aft trimming
  • Radio Operator
  • Navigation
  • Helmsmen
  • Tender driving
  • Marine First Aid
  • Diesel engine repair
  • Fiberglass Repair
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Carpentary
  • Plumbing and Heating
  • Varnishing
  • Polishing
  • Cleaning
  • Managerial Skills
  • IT Literate
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Experienced skipper, watch leader with great boat-technical knowledge


Met Bartek on a ~2 week delivery. His experience in passage making, skippering and watch leading capability shines through. Just as his interest and understanding of yacht mechanics and marine systems. He does not shy away from a challenge and strive to understand everything about the vessel he's on. On top of all that, he's also easy going, friendly and fun to spend time with at sea. Looking forward to future passages with him.

7th Oct 2023

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