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  • Bartek Sońta

    • 38, Polish (Shengen) with B1/B2 Visa
    • Spain
    • Checked in 1 day ago

Offshore and long term cruising, friendship, deliveries and taking care of your vessel as engineer. Available!

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

- Available - if not already at the sea (tracking: sailingscanner.pl)
- 14k+ NM of sailing experience as skipper and crew with Yachmaster certification recognized by insurance companies (inc. ocean crossing)
- STCW Basic Sea Safety and in April 2023 I have scheduled AEC1 and AEC2.
- 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, PFD + own 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 1 year 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 and not yet certified Mechanic:
I'm not professional mechanic nor electrician but I have some hands on experience maintaining outboard, diesel engines and electric, electronic, RF radio systems on the yacht as well hull maintenance (teak, antifouling, re-fitting windows etc.). I feel comfortable with designing, configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting of electrical equipment like solar panels, charging controllers, gensets, inverters (Victron, mastervolt etc), power banks and battery management systems. My rule of thumb is to leave yacht in better condition regardless if its charter boat or private yacht. In April 2023 I'm planning to get AEC1 and AEC2 (on Palma / Mallorca).

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 proper 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 22).
I took STCW Basic Security training and waiting for my ENG1 / Spanish Medical Examinations.
As December 2022 I have logged 14k+ NM which is good starting point to learn more. If required, I'm happy to take additional STCW trainings like Fast Rescue Boats, Advanced Fire Fighting, GMDSS etc. I would love to work next yo your engineer and move my carrier towards MEOL certification.

Delivered (last 3 years):
Feb 2023: Lagoon 42 from Les Sables to Turkey 2726NM in 27 days
Feb 2023: Bali 40 Catspace from St. Peters Port (Guernsey) to Roscoff France (1 day)
December 22: Atlantic crossing on new Fountain Pajot 59 Samana and 3466NM took us 25 days.
September-October 22 I've delivered as crew brand new Fountain Pajot 51ft from La Rochelle France to Didim Turkey - 2806 nautical miles in 22 days.

Since 2011, every year I've chartered monohulls (length 40-48ft) and catamarans (Lipari 41 and Lagoon 440) and organized sailing holidays for my friends and family.
I've sailed three times (2x as skipper) on Caribbean (Martinique -> Tobago Cays, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)- on the Mediterranean I've sail Croatia, Greece, Corsica and Sardinia and Balearic islands + crossed whole MED from Gibraltar to Turkey.
Another offshore passages was delivery (1764 NM in 12days) of brand new 62ft Oceanis from UK to Barcelona with PYD company. Other offshore trip was "mile building" crossing (1001 NM on Sun Odyssey 509) from Malaga to Canary Islands.
Besides of well planned sailing trips, every couple of weeks I'm sailing with my friends around Spanish coast on Sun Odyssey 32.3ft.

I own my safety gear like offshore-PFD, MOB1 (AIS), PLB (406Mhz SAR) and satellite communications devices like 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

  • LocationSpain

  • NationalityPolish (Shengen) with B1/B2 Visa

  • Age38

  • 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 95 Basic Safety Training Complete

  • Aug 2022 STCW 95 Fire Fighting Complete

  • Aug 2022 STCW 95 Personal Safety and Social Responsibility Complete

  • Aug 2022 STCW 95 1st Aid Complete

  • Aug 2022 ENG1 cert. Progressing

  • Apr 2023 MCA /RYA Approved Engine Course Progressing

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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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