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Mast Bending - What is the Correct Shroud Tension?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Wolf Nov 29, 2016. 1 Reply

It was an interesting weekend for the group I share a small sail boat with on Lake Travis. I was not on the boat, but the group took her out as normal and while tacking the mast gave up and folded in…Continue

Luna Rossa Challenge: Take-off!

Started Aug 7, 2013 0 Replies

Another great video shared by Miki Pryor, Thank you! Continue

Tags: cup, americas, Challenge, Rossa, Luna

Video Calling?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Bach Jul 19, 2013. 2 Replies

O.K. I have been looking into adding video calling to the site. It would allow you to talk face to face (video style) with your new skipper/crew before committing to join them or take the aboard. We…Continue

Tags: calling, video

Incredible broach on a sailing boat

Started Jul 8, 2013 0 Replies

Check this out!The skippers name is Bernard Stamm and I think he is alone. How does he recover from the broach?Continue

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Andrew Sanderson

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I am a
Crew member
Position(s) seeking
Crew, Deck Engineer, kitesurf instructor
About me
I learned of my love of sailing while on a sailing course with the Royal Air Force. Since that course I have taken part in a few races including the Tall Ships 2000 race from Southampton to Cadiz on board the Kukri. Since leaving the Air Force I have traveled around finding skippers that need a helping hand. I have met some wonderful people and some amazing times. I have been thinking of a website specific to the world of sailing and crew finding, that is not pay per view and is more than a message board. This is the start of that website. I hope you find it useful, lets get sailing.
If you have any feedback or want to get involved feel free to get in touch.
Sailing experience in years
Yachts/boats I have sailed on
Kukri, Nic 55
Magnum JS35
Swifan CO32
Bonny Blue, Hull
Aschanti IV
Languages spoken
I prefer to

Andrew Sanderson's Blog

Incredible broach on a sailing boat

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 16:34 0 Comments

Check this out!

The skippers name is Bernard Stamm and I think he is alone. How does he recover from the broach?



Float Plan Questions

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 16:56 0 Comments

We have now added the questions needed for your float plan to the profile questions. You can update and change the information at anytime by clicking 'Settings'. Don't forget to invite your family and friends so they can keep an eye on you!


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At 10:23 on January 14, 2014, Sylvia White said…

Hi Andrew,

I would like to comment on the new website if I may. Now, it is a very nice website with lots of things on there, however, myself and several other sailing friends agree, we much prefer the old format.  I hope you take the time to read this message - it is coming from a sailor who has used floatplan for at least 10 years.
It seems there are many over complicated websites out there to look for crew, and what we all loved about the old floatplan was that you could have just one page open, under the crew wanted section, and all the ads were there! No more clicking, just one page, scroll through and write down the email addresses you needed, and done! No graphics or photos or click throughs or too much text, or unnecesary comments and replies to read - just a simple brief message, with location and date and the skippers email. That is all you need. And then you can reply directly to them and they to you.
Additionally, when you are in Indonesia or Fiji or Papua New Guinea, or wherever else, looking for a boat or looking for crew, floatplan was the only website that you could actually load in an internet cafe! Now that has changed and it is almost impossible! The current crew wanted section has 125 ads over 13 pages - and each ad needs to be clicked on to get the details! How is that even possible in an internet cafe in the middle of the Pacific? It isn't! It is not possible!! That's why the old floatplan actually worked for real sailors and crew. This new version does not!!
We sailed around the Pacific and Asia for over 13 years on our sailboat, and took on well over 100 crew over that time. I would say the majority found us through floatplan. I used to recommend it to everyone as such a clean efficient website. The sailors loved it, the crew loved it. Only one page! Also, when your computer time is limited and hard to come across, I would want to see messages come direct to my inbox, not have to click through back to forums and discussions again.
We sold our boat last year, and I tried the new floatplan out recently, out of curiousity and found it incredibly time consuming to look through all the 125 ads to see if any would be interesting. Even on the fastest broadband connection! Compared to the old format, when you could scroll down the page quickly and find boats in your chosen location in a matter of seconds.
Very disappointed in the change. I found most sailors want to spend the least amount of time they can behind a computer, and now looking for crew or a boat has become at best a chore, and for many, impossible.
At 14:18 on September 9, 2013, Bruce Parnham said…

Hi Andrew,

 Thanks for taking the time to keep this web site working. I have used FloatPlan for several years and it has always produced the highest quality crew.

 I share the same curiosity questions as above.

 One suggestion, you now require casual readers to register before they are able to look through the postings, you may want to rethink that, as it could chase away some of the tire kickers who would later turn into real users.

 Thanks again,


At 16:31 on July 2, 2013, Andrew Sanderson said…
Thank you for the questions. You are the second person to ask so I am going to out together a set of FAQ's and put them on the library page, along with some safety guidelines.

At 17:41 on June 26, 2013, Carl Moot said…

1. what happened to the old floatplan website

2. does it still exist under a different web address

3. did you operate the old floatplan or did someone else

4. if someone else, did they choose to give up operating it

5. what happened to all of the old crew available and crew wanted postings


i'm just trying to get a handle on what happened, the history of floatplan

Carl Moot


At 14:26 on May 28, 2013, Drew said…

Re Above how can I delete this guys messages 1/5 of my discussion is his standard message getting anyoying


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