Karen Tucker
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  • Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • United States
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Simon Spiekhout left a comment for Karen Tucker
"Karin, Nice to reed your experience looks very good, but Ostsee and Sweden is Europe! Will be difficult to come on boart. All the best  Simon"
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Karen Tucker is now a member of Float plan
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Profile Information

I am a
Potential Crew
Type of boat
Sailboat, Sailing/Motor Yacht
Position(s) seeking
Crew, Mate, Deckhand, Stew / Deck
About me
I'm an experienced blue-water sailor from Hawaii (now residing in Northwest Florida) currently seeking sailing contacts/opportunities in/around the Destin - Fort Walton Beach - Gulf Breeze - Pensacola area.

I'm an upbeat, active, attentive, safety-minded and team oriented crewman, who's also good-natured, friendly and hospitable as well! My sailing experience includes @20 years of recreational sailing, weekly racing (HYRA PH I,II,III), regattas, cruising, island hopping, charters & deliveries. I've also crewed a few luxury yachts, dive boats, research & salvage/recovery vessels as well. (Below I've listed boats I've crewed on regularly/repeatedly). I've also completed several Trans-Pac long hauls, including racing & deliveries of TP race boats (Hawaii > Cali), and co-piloted a multi-hull power racer that set several maritime records (San Fran > Sydney).
Qualifications
Competent Crew, Silver Services, Water Sports instructor
Other qualifications
I'm an alert, astute, skilled, cooperative and responsive mariner who's both technically and mechanically inclined. I'm a fast learner but still have a lot to learn, so I'm eager to work with others who'll share expertise, knowledge & sailing skills!

SKILL SETS: I can read a compass, nav markers, sails, weather, tech docs, schematics and blueprints. Also handle lines, grind, set sails, steer & trim a steady/changing course, handle docking & anchoring; also read charts, do logging, charting, dead-reckoning; and operate electronics, safety/emergency and other equipment. I enjoy learning, configuring/programming & trouble shooting electronics & equipment; also trip planning and system/process engineering as well. I love working the deck, cockpit, trimming/tweaking sails! And having fun, catching/eating lots of fish, and kicking back/relaxing at appropriate times! I'm not a great cook, but happy to do my share, and also help with galley work, serving, clean-up, provisioning, stowage, etc.

TRANS PAC'S: After a few mainland deliveries of race boats (Hawaii to Cali), I was honored to be hired as one of the two crew of the Yanmar Endeavour; the only boat to ever cross the Pacific Ocean solely under outboard power (San Francisco>Sydney)! The Boat: a 40ft ultra-light semi-planning tri-hull of spun carbon fiber. The Mission: an R&D, humanitarian, and eco/enviro project to help remote islanders (sponsors: Yanmar Marine USA & Baltek Duracore). The Power: dual 27hp diesel outboards. The Results: benchmark records for speed, distance, and fuel consumption! The Reward: Affordable, high efficiency, low-maintenance, fire safe, marine motors designed specifically for remote islanders/fisherman!
My Duties: Co-pilot & Engineering (burn-in's, shakedowns, troubleshooting, R&R Autopilot, fuel mgmnt, etc).

WATER SPORTS: For years, I taught swimming, life-guarding, water safety &survival (WSI & WSSI certs by AMRC, USMC, USN); and skin/scuba (PADI OW/AI); also windsurfing & springboard diving (YMCA & YC's).
Sailing experience in years
@20 years
Yachts/boats I have sailed on
Day SAILING, CRUISING & CHARTERS;
Columbia 56; Capt Tom Buck (Marathon & Key West FL)
Erickson 38; Capt Kim Johnson (Hawaii Yacht Club)
Custom Ketch 56; Capt Lucern Dixon (San Diego, Honolulu, Phuket Thailand)
Custom 78; Ferro Cement; Capt's Tom & Jen (Seattle, Honolulu)
Custom Trimaran 80; Capt Ian, (Sydney, Australia)
RACING:
Erickson 30; Iwalani; Capt. Skip Landeau (Waikiki Yacht Club)
Ranger 33; Laniwai; Capt. Leonard Chung (Waikiki Yacht Club)
Morgan 38; Capt's Tom & Leslie (Waikiki Yacht Club)
J/44; Siren; Capt. Chuck (RIP) & Tommy Freitas (Waikiki Yacht Club & Waianae Harbor)
Santa Cruz 70: Merlin (Capt's Bill Lee, Dan Blick, Richard Morris)
Yanmar Endeavour 40 Ultralight (Capt Steve Shidler (Waikiki Yacht Club)
DIVE, RESEARCH
Scarab 80; Capt Ron; Buddy Leech (Key Largo)
Boston Whaler 32; Prometheus; Capt Rick (Key West)
Languages spoken
English (fluent)
Learning/Basics: Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, French, sign-language
I prefer to
Sail, Motor, Private, Charter, Permanent, Temporary
Smoker?
No
Gender
Female
Trip expectations (leaving from, going to, leaving date, leaving time, return date, return time)
Northwest Florida: seeking local day sailing; and
racing opportunities for 2017 season (along with cruising, deliveries and other maritime opportunities globally)!

PERSONAL BRIEF

I'm a happy, healthful, youthful girl with an adventurous spirit! I'm American, but lived, schooled & worked overseas most of my life (background is below). I love meeting good people of all ages, from all cultures, from all walks of life... sharing smiles, laughs, thoughts, ideas, perspectives, life experiences, activities, strong shoulders & helping hands!  I enjoy sharing all kinds of nourishment (including a nightly glass of beer/wine and the like)!

MY  PROCLIVITIES: I love to do, go, explore, and enjoy people, places & things (far & wide, simple to complex, ancient to futuristic; rural to metro, rustic to Ritz)!  I'm partial to good people, natural environs, and learning more about the worlds natural, temporal, and spiritual workings (physics/metaphysics: systems, structures, processes, tools, proclivities, potentials, etc). I'm simply fascinated by life, nature, sciences, maritime endeavors, (r)evolution(s of) spirit, ideas, cultures, industry, and personal perspectives (especially yours)!

BACKGROUND: My parents were career US Air Force aviators; my brothers and I grew up in NJ, CA, VA, NC as kids, then in Japan throughout our teens (graduating High School in Okinawa, Japan). I trained, then worked during high school as a Red Cross lifeguard, then WSI/WSSI & PADI AI (water safety & survival instructor; & PADI assistant scuba instructor) for the US Marine Corps. Later stateside, I worked my way thru college (as a lifeguard, diver, marine lab tech) and completed marine navigation school in Key West before I sailed off to Australia on "working-holiday"! After sailing & trekking Austral-Asia & the Pacific for @3 years, I settled in Hawaii where I furthered college, raced sailboats, had a corp/tech career, and did various work/volunteer projects worldwide (business, health/safety, eco/enviro and humanitarian [Red Cross/Crescent, USO/SMC's, Marimed, Endeavour, +]). Recently, I moved to Florida to help my family (ailing father & brother with cancer); meanwhile I bought/remodeled a home, and work/volunteer as an advocate for the disabled, Veterans, and dyslexics. Recently my father passed away, and I can't wait to get back out on the water!

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At 21:10 on May 18, 2017, Simon Spiekhout said…

Karin,

Nice to reed your experience looks very good, but Ostsee and Sweden is Europe! Will be difficult to come on boart.

All the best 

Simon

 
 
 

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