After years of crewing for others, I now own a beautiful and fast open ocean cruising sailboat. I will be departing Florida, USA on or about November 15, 2016 for 6 months of cruising in the Caribbean. I am looking for crew for the one leg that I do not yet have a crew – St. Kitts to Guadeloupe. After a couple of days in St. Kitts, we will do the very short hop to Nevis. The next sail is about 80 nm (overnight) to Guadeloupe. In Guadeloupe we will visit 3 or 4 ports/anchorages before ending the leg in Pointe A Pitre.

Currently I have no crew for this leg. I have two friends who may join me, but that is still to be determined. If they do, then I have room for only one person and that person MUST have experience standing watch alone at night. That means trimming sails, working a chartplotter and understanding what is displayed on the radar. You and I will be responsible for standing watch on the one overnight section (80 nm).

If my friends do not join me, then I will open the leg up to 1 or 2 more people but at this time I am only looking for 1 experienced crew member.

My experience crewing for others is 6000 nm coastal and open ocean plus 6000 nm skippering or crewing for others on San Francisco Bay and coast.

I believe that sailing should be fun, but I’m also very keen on safety. The one thing I hate when crewing for others is a skipper that micro-manages the crew. I give the crew a lot of leeway in how to do things unless they can damage the boat or are unsafe.

The boat, an Elan Impression 444, was commissioned in 2011 in Slovania where Elan manufactures its boats. The original owners sailed it across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and stored it on the hard in Trinadad for 1. 5 years before sailing it to Panama and then Florida where I purchase in August 2015. The boat is in excellent condition and well tested.

Although the boat is only 4 years old, I am finishing an extensive refit which includes converting to 120 VAC, expanding the DC system, adding an arch, davits, solar and wind generator, adding an SSB, up-grading the ground tackle, modifying the sails, and otherwise upgrading the boat.

By the time you join the boat, it will have sailed it from Florida to BVI, to Saba, to Statia and to St. Kitts on this cruise.

Safety equipment includes a life raft (recently recertified), EPIRB, PLB, SPOT, VHF and SSB with DSC, jacklines and other safety equipment. There is also a 4-person dinghy with 8 hp outboard.

The boat has twin helms, dodger and bimini. Crew will have their own roomy double aft cabin. There are two heads and one separate shower. The galley is nice with separate refrigerator and small freezer, stove top and oven.

Head sails include a roller furling 130% geneoa, 90% jib on inner forestay that allows sailing downwind with twin headsails, asymmetric spinnaker and storm jib. The mainsail has three reefs in it.

Under sail the boat is well balanced, The boat is fast with a hull speed of near 9 kts. 

Decisions as to what we do on any given day are made by the entire crew within the scope of the general plan. But when safety is concerned, the skipper is responsible for the boat and crew, and his decision is final.

In general the plan is to visit 5 or 6 places over the course of 2 weeks. Crew should be interested in anchoring out, exploring ashore, snorkeling and relaxing aboard ship.

All chores will be shared: standing watch, cooking and basic cleaning. Expect to eat some meals aboard but some ashore; eating ashore is part of the cruising experience.

This is a shared expense trip with the crew paying for their own transportation to and from the boat, and a share of fuel, moorings, food, any per person fees (don’t know of any), and personal expenses. I will pay for the slip in Pointe A Pitre where I will be leaving the boat for a month. It is expected that you will spend one day in Pointe A Pitre helping clean the boat after two weeks sailing in preparation for leaving it there.

Fuel is calculated based on engine hours and food is a best guess taking into account how much we eat ashore. Generally I tell people to expect $25 to $50 per day on the average. If this sounds like too much, then please don’t apply. You should also know that, if possible I would like to rent a car in Deshaies, Guadaloupe in order to visit the botanical gardens and maybe a waterfall. Again, if added expenses like this are a problem, then my boat is not for you.

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After writing all that I realized that I forgot to include the dates. Crew needs to be in St. Kitts on January 14 or 15 and depart the boat in Guadeloupe on January 31.

My friends are joining me so I am only interested in one person who is qualified to stand watch alone.

I'm interested, I will be available late Feb through March.  Lots of experience.  Please let me know.



Sorry, but the dates are mid January to the end of January. I also think that I have a crew but still waiting to know for sure.
Scott Morris said:

I'm interested, I will be available late Feb through March.  Lots of experience.  Please let me know.



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