hi...little update to the below: Looking for a longer distance partner to sail and write/blog and really explore the whole world with. If you are truly free and unattached I'd love to chat to see how we get along. If you and I gel...and you can really assist ...
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Fluent languages English
Basic knowledge of Spanish
Qualifications ASA Basic Keelboat
Sea Miles 10,000+
being there is better that being good
25,000 sea miles and counting...
About your captain:
Ive raised row crops to fruit orchards, small and large animals, and 3 kids thru college; survived a several non-licensed firearm encounters in Los Angeles during the 80’s;
owned and operated small to very large machinery, flown large and small aircraft into and out of domestic and foreign spaces, both friendly and hostile; escaped certain death thru shear improvisation of manipulating mechanical systems, otherwise not well defined in the operators manuals of engineered machines; created domiciles for at least 1000 human beings and countless domesticated animals; been published in several sailing periodicals; I am a well versed cook and a decent conversationalist.
I keep a very fine selection of spices, wines and stories of all the countries visited.
Specific accolades, accomplishments and degrees:
Bought, operated and sold millions of pounds of gasoline, diesel and air powered machinery.
Encountered full engine failures in large aircraft, offshore sailboats and earthmoving equipment, and successfully ushered all crew and passengers to final safety without any harm or injury.
Automobile Drivers License
Heavy machinery operators license
Multi Engine, Instrument Pilots license.
Hold a process patent for automated manufacturing of NET-ZERO, no waste buildings.
I love to explore and be where most would not
Make/modelBeneteau Sense 50
Language spoke aboardEnglish
Boat descriptionGRATEFUL will make you feel just like the name says. She is capable and beautiful. Have you seen the Beneteau Sense 50’s? Here’s a link https://youtu.be/dRh6I_nh4QQ. follow the adventure on instagram too @grateful_travel This boat is one of the only clean sheet designs that have hit the market in decades. She’s a 2012, and has been kept in like new condition. She looks and sails like damn near new, is clean and dry. Cruises well at 7.5 kts, but she likes 9 kts too! She sails herself...set the autopilot, set the alarms, and snooze all night.
Lovely boat and easy going captain
I have been sailing with Duane on Grateful in Italy, from Puglia to Sicily and we had a wonderful time. He is a very trustable captain, talented surfer and swimmer. Always smiling and enjoying conversations. The boat is stunning.
2nd Jul 2021
Duane is an experienced open minded tolerant captain, fun interesting and willing to share his knowledge with the less experts member of the crew. I would absolutely recommend him and his confortable luxurious Grateful.
4th Aug 2020
Unforgettable memories onboard of Grateful
The time spent onboard Grateful, has been an enchanting journey. First of all, Duane is an amazing human, great sailor, he's always up to share his knowledge, make you participate and get sure you understand the reasons of any action. Always in a good mood, he calmly find solutions for any problem that could show up. Enjoying life from the good side, being on board with him is the promise of great conversations, good laughter, amazing discoveries along the different stops and of course AMAZING sailing, with great sensations as this boat is magic and the captain knows really well how to handle it let it express its full potential. I will definitely get back on board when I will have free time as those two weeks were an awake dream ! If you are looking to learn how to sail, in a friendly atmosphere where you will learn a lot humanely as well, creating life lasting memories, don't hesitate, Duane and Grateful are the combo you need ! Wishing you both fairwinds, See you soon captain !
15th Jul 2020
Unforgettable experience on Grateful. It's a very well maintained and equipped boat. We sailed over 800nm together from Spain over Marocco to the Canaries. Duane was always really kind and it was great fun with him. Thank you for everything! Hope to see you again!
23rd Feb 2020
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Chillest captain ever ?
Duane is super welcoming, friendly and ready to share his past experiences and what he’s learned from them. I learned a lot about living out of sailing and loved the experience even if it lasted only a couple of days. Hope too see you again Duane ?
2nd Aug 2021