Custom Classic 50' sloop - Longer term crew/boatsitting
Hi there, I'm Andy.
Latest Update as at 09 October 2021:
Further to the background information below, after two years in the Mediterranean we left Sardinia in July 2021 and have recently made our way back through the Balearics, to Gibraltar and north along the Portuguese and Spanish coasts to Galicia. We have been joined along the way by some fabulous Crewbay applicants (see feedback). Without exception we have enjoyed sailing with them all - some just for a few weeks and others for much longer. We are now looking at plans for the end of 2021 and 2022 and can once again offer a berth to the right candidate to join us for the adventure ahead.
Our itinerary is yet to be decided (and crew get a vote too) but we are keen to find potential crew members who be keen to join and sail with us. The boat is currently in Galicia and will stay there for the next few months although UK tax rules mean that at some stage over the winter we need to return her to UK to keep her UK VAT status but we will then probably immediately return to Galicia. We will return to her periodically for local cruising within the beautiful cruising grounds of the Galician Rias and Atlantic Islands National Park. For this period we’d be happy for someone to use her as accommodation and boat-sit in return for routine maintenance and keeping her clean and tidy with the freedom also to use the boat as a base to explore from. We are also now planning a more extended cruise after that (probably from May) and hope that you will also stay onboard for whatever sailing options we choose to pursue. At the moment it looks likely we shall head back into the Mediterranean and hopefully towards the Adriatic. We cannot guarantee destination but we can offer adventure, fun, lots of sea miles and to pass on whatever experience we can.
We are no strangers to longer, adventurous and ocean passages having previously brought the boat back from Hawai'i, taken her north to Svalbard and back and some more gentle cruising in the Med. We cannot guarantee where we'll end up going but we can promise to make it fun, exciting, safe and rewarding for those who sail with us.
What we ask from you is being prepared to stand watches, play your part in basic maintenance and normal housekeeping in exchange for time at sea and joining us for the adventures ahead. No experience or is necessary although some basic maintenance skills and a willingness to learn would be a bonus. We don't mind if you have tattoos or smoke (on deck only) but do ask that you are enthusiastic, keen to learn and determined to get the most from life. Note, as mentioned below, we are not looking for paid crew, delivery skippers, romance or partners. Our preference is to seek out the quieter anchorages rather than nightlife or parties. This call for crew is intended as offering opportunity rather than fulfilling a need. Several of our previous crew have found it a good way to gain experience, skills and sea time/miles before moving on to professional employment.
My wife and I have been cruising away from UK on our classic sloop from UK towards, and within, the Med since mid June 2019. The boat spent the last two winters in Cartagena (Spain). We have had friends, Crewbay applicants and family join us onboard for varying periods along the way. It is most fun and rewarding if crew can stay for an extended period and get settled into the wonderful rhythms and simplicities of life at sea. The yacht is a well maintained and fully equipped with modern and well maintained safety equipment.
2020 and 2021 plans were obviously more restricted than we'd have liked, although, despite Covid, we did enjoy some really enjoyable sailing with fabulous crew (male and female) found here on Crewbay. We hope we'll sail with them all again but are now looking to offer similar opportunities to others. We are not looking for a delivery skipper or paid experienced crew.
My wife has work commitments that prevent her doing longer passages. I'm happy to single-hand but it is more fun (and practical) sailing with like-minded souls who'd be keen to come along to gain miles, experience, stand watches and to enjoy the thrill of exploring by sea. In return, I pay onboard expenses and have done, and will do my best to pass on as much of my own experience as possible (I’ve circumnavigated the globe under sail (Whitbread) and spent time sailing to both the Arctic and Antarctica - I'm a commercially endorsed YM(Ocean) with over 280,000nm logged on sail and power vessels of all sizes and shapes. I do the odd delivery too and would hope that people who sail with us will form a pool of people we'd ask if we need delivery crew at any time.
Our ideal requirement would suit particularly someone looking to gain experience at sea and build miles on a lovely classic yacht, living and sailing in the sun but happy to enjoy the excitement of worse weather if and when it is necessary. We are looking for someone who will, in effect, become part of the family, who we can trust absolutely, stand watches as our 'eyes and ears', provide an extra pair of hands and possibly boat-sit for periods if I/we have to return to the UK.
I offer no formal wages but I would pay onboard living expenses and provide accommodation onboard. I'm not keen on schedules (and the COVID rules keep changing too) so the mood will be flexible and to go with the wind and whim; and to take time to explore places we find along the way. We enjoy sun and being in the water as much as sailing on it! Anyone joining us gets a vote in the plan.
The yacht is a steel sloop, sound, well maintained and equipped. She’s is a classic so there are no private cabins, little or no privacy and few mod cons like air-con, showers, freezers, washing machines or TVs.
The only real 'rules' are no drugs or firearms of any type please. What you do ashore is up to you - but not on (or from) the boat. You'll need a passport and, if applicable, visa for the EU.
We are free spirited and love adventure, being at sea (or in it) and enjoy the fun and freedoms of being unshackled from the conventions of life ashore and other peoples’ expectations; able to sail, to swim, sunbathe, read, sleep and think. Living barefoot, free from phones, technology, clothing, whatever. Free, for a while at least, to live in harmony with ourselves, those around us and the wonders of our maritime environment.