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  • BartekSonta

    • 37, Polish
    • Spain
    • Checked in 4 days ago

IT Security willing to shift my career and get into long term cruising, friendship, deliveries and taking care of your vessel

I'm an IT 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!

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

Since 1 year I have been preparing my economical and small passive income sources to close doors of my flat and go sailing for 3-6-12-∞ months. I'm open for any type of sailing opportunities. I would love to learn from more experienced skippers and crews. I plan to quit my work in November (depends on the opportunities) and go sailing. However I am open for further opportunities earlier in the year, so please do not hesitate to contact me to check my availability.

I'm not professional mechanic nor electrician but I have some hands on experience maintaining outboard, diesel engines and electric / radio systems on the yacht as well hull maintenance (teak, antifouling, re-fitting windows etc.). My rule of thumb is to leave yacht in better condition regardless if its charter boat or private yacht.

My passion towards sailing started as a teenager while sailing on the lakes - mainly on the the small ~23-27ft sailing yachts. Plastic license don't sail but: 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). I'm planning to take STCW training and ENG1 / Spanish Medical Examinations after high holiday season - so that your insurance company can see me more seaworthy.

Since 2011, every year I've chartered monohulls (40-48ft once Oceanis 62ft) and catamarans (Lipari 41 and Lagoon 440) and organized sailing holidays for my friends and family. I've sailed three times on Caribbean (Martinique -> Tobago Cays, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)- on the Mediterranean I've sail Croatia, Greece, Corsica and Sardinia and Balearic islands. Biggest offshore passage was delivery (1764 NM) of brand new 62ft Oceanis from UK to Barcelona with PYD company and crossing 1001 NM from Malaga to Canary Islands. Besides of well planned sailing trips, every couple of weeks I'm sailing with my friends around Spanish cost on Sun Odyssey 32.3ft.

I own my safety gear like PFD, MOB1 (AIS), PLB (406Mhz SAR) and communications devices like Garmin InReach Mini and couple of hand held VHF radios ( SRC license).

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  • Availability Available now

  • LocationSpain

  • NationalityPolish

  • Age37

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languagesEnglish, Spanish, Polish

  • Basic knowledge ofCzech

  • Visible tattoosNo

  • VISAs Schengen visa (or EU citizenship)

  • Sea miles2,500 - 10,000

  • Required position Friendship
    Delivery Crew
    Competent Crew
    Voluntary work

  • 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

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