Motivated EMT searching for a boat to help fix and sail
Hi there, I’m Erik. Born and raised in Minnesota, I have always loved being in and on the water, but chose to focus on building a property maintenance company during my younger years. I’ve finally gotten myself to the point where I am financially stable and able to step away from my hobby (work) that makes money to pay for life and am looking to do a bit more exploring. In my spare time I am an avid scuba diver and have my PADI Master Diver certification and have been sailing on local lakes while obtaining ASA certifications, Basic Keelboat ASA 101, Basic Cruising ASA 103, Bareboat Charter ASA 104.
And that is why I am on here, looking to exchange my hard work ethic and passions in hopes of gaining sailing knowledge and experience. What I lack in sail experience I hope might be off set by the skills and training I do have. I have worked as an EMT on a volunteer ambulance service since 2006 and have taken my NOLS Wilderness EMT cert as well. I have been a volunteer Firefighter, rescue diver/swift water rescue with 8 yrs experience and formerly on MN task force 1 (firefighter cross trained for Hazmat, confined space, trench rescue and rope rescue on a state response team) for 3 yrs. I am comfortable working around machinery and electrical systems and doing light/simple repairs and willing to learn and get my hands dirty on any occasion. Growing up I was instilled with regular chores and to keep my place clean, qualities that are a part of me to this day and that I recognize as a necessity aboard a boat. I am self-sufficient and can rough it on MRE’s and peanut butter sandwiches as well as be creative in the kitchen given a few simple ingredients.
I don’t have any allergies (food or drugs), prefer water, tea and coffee to soft drinks, drink alcohol occasionally and in moderation. Will enjoy a cigar from time to time in enjoyment but don’t need nicotine.
Personality wise I am an ambiverted introvert (INTJ), any questions, ask ? I enjoy the challenge of hard work and learning and the pride from accomplishment. I enjoy social time with people, but am content with a good book and on my own as well. I am an early riser, usually 6-7AM.
Update: Since I have read a number of Captains/boat profiles on here making mention of their political positions with regards to the crew they would like: Between 2016-2020 I was proud that unemployment was at record lows for ALL demographics; and that the number of people needing welfare had gone down. That our military was strong again and our troops were being supported; and that no new wars or conflicts were started while Trump was in office. Just as in sailing and arriving at a new country, I believe one ought to check in with customs and enter legally, I do not support ILLEGAL entry. And I find it wonderful that the U.S. was the ONLY country that had actually met the Paris Climate reduction numbers, and we were not even a part of it anymore. In my opinion, a person’s actions Trump their spoken words or words on a piece of paper, and that is how I live my life. If you see race and racism as the most important issue going on today, support BLM and that driving an electric car is going to change the worlds climate, and have no knowledge of the amount of real slavery going on today, the destruction that the BLM movement is doing to communities or have an understanding of what industries substantially contributes to the amount of CO2 we are probably not a good match for a confined sailing journey.
If you are interested in a motivated and excited person to join you on your boat as crew for a week or two for transit, island hoping or delivery crew, I would interested in chatting with you.