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Old 08-03-2008, 10:14 PM   #1
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We live aboard our beautiful 52-foot staysail schooner Marguerite (blue-water boat, built in 1983, major re-fits in 2000 and 2007, coast-guard approved, comfortable and sea-kindly) and plan to take her to the Mediterranean in late spring next year.

"We" refers to Skipper Jim, First Mate Barbara, and First Mascot Sam. Despite her classic looks, Marguerite has modern equipment (roller furling jib, staysail, and foresail, in-mast furled main, state-of-the art electronics) that make it easy for the two of us, with occasional help by the cat, to sail her. For our transatlantic crossing (May/June 2008, via Bermuda and the Azores, with first landing in Portugal), though, we would like to have two additional crew members to share the experience and the watches. We are looking for experienced sailors who can stand watch by themselves and contribute to sailing and navigation.

Before embarking on the crossing, we would like to get to know our crew and give them a chance to check the boat and us out. We are currently (August 3rd) in Maine, will go to Nova Scotia for the rest of August, sail down the East Coast in the fall (NYC last week of September, Hampton, VA, last week of October), and then spend the winter in the Caribbean (Bahamas, Jamaica, plans still flexible) before heading across the pond, probably after a short haul-out/bottom paint in the Chesapeake Bay in early May.

Crew need to pay for their own travel and visas; we will provide food (and both like to cook) but welcome contributions to the beer/wine/rum budget if you drink. A couple will have a private forward cabin and head, two individuals will have separate bunks and share the forward head. Tall sailors welcome; we have 6'6" headroom.

About us: we are (or think we are) fun, playful, passionate and easy-going and feel very lucky to be cruising on our beautiful boat. Jim is 51 and American, Barbara is 43 and German, we don't smoke, drink moderately, like good food and conversation, and occasionally skinny dip when that doesn't offend others.

We'd be delighted to hear from you if you are interested; we are looking for a good match for the crossing, will happily answer questions, send pictures, and try to accomodate your schedule so that we can sniff each other out sometime in the next 9 months.
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:39 PM   #2
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We have been sailing for about seven years in Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada in our 36' sailboat. I would like to take this more seriously and experience some more adventurous journeys, get some sea miles and get ready to take some longer trips in the future on our boat. I would be interested in meeting with you and joining you on your boat for a period of time so that we can get to know each other.

I am 54 years old, retired professional, married but my wife would not be joining me on this trip. I am a non-smoker, social drinker, enjoy physical exercise and good conversation and like adventure.

I am available September through November and would be interested in joining you either in Nova Scotia or on your journey to the Bahamas.

Please let me know how this fits in with your plans and we can pick up our conversation from there.



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Old 08-06-2008, 01:42 AM   #3
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We would be interested in the trip.

We are about to retire (run off to sea). We have done lots of inshore miles and one major ocean passage.

Currently based in NZ.

contact us at



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Old 08-11-2008, 04:55 PM   #4
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Saw your seeking crew message here on a ZA Crewfinder and am very interested. My experience is extensive. Also, I've called your plans to the attention of a close friend, Dr. Selwyn Levitt, with whom I've sailed the New England to Caribbean route (and return) several times the last of couple of years and he wishes to add his name. So there's 2 of us.

We may or may not be the type of sailor you desire. We have a "delivery mentality" meaning that the voyage itself is what motivates us. Generally, we would arrive a couple days ahead of the scheduled departure date to assist getting the boat ready for sea. After arrival at the destination port we will generally leave you to happily cruise by yourselves after a couple of days, unless there's a boat problem requiring our assistance. When the next long leg of a cruise occurs, we fly in at our own expense and repeat the process. On the other hand, if you desire crew members to stay with the boat to cruise the islands with you, we're not your crew.

I've personally just come off a 3-year association with a 47' ketch owned by a couple, perhaps not to dissimilar to yourselves. The skipper's medical problems have caused him to give up sailing and, of course, they remain dear friends. I'd be pleased to put you in touch with him/ them as a reference. I know that characteristics of that ketch as well as my own boat, and she was the boat that I always juggled my schedule to sail.

I do a lot of Atlantic sailing and basically advance book myself for the Spring and Fall seasons. Right now both Selwyn and my September are open, though I'm thinking seriously of wandering up to Halifax to visit an old friend. Both of our October's are fairly well booked. We have tentatively agreed to crew in this year's Caribbean 1500 Rally (the annual pilgrimage from Norfolk to Tortola), which is a November 1 start. In 2006 I was a Boat Inspector and "first-timer" coach for Caribbean 1500. So, with a small amount of schedule juggling your timetable fits with our availability.

I'd love to chat with you to learn more of your plans and I'm sure you have tons of questions for potential crew. If you have already selected a crew or have no interest in our brand of "delivery sailing" please shot me a "talk you- no thank you" email.

Jerry Skoll

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Old 08-11-2008, 07:22 PM   #5
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Sounds like great fun. We would love to chat with you guys about the adventure. Robert my husband is 47 from UK (London) and been in the states 7 year and my self American 44 in two weeks are very interested. He has travelered much more of Europe than I have but the island around Greece are like a story book. He lived in Athens for 10 years before moving here and we have been several times. We look to gp to portugal and sailing it is as beautiful. We are both photograpers and he does websites and design so we love to travel and then put our adventures online for friends and family. This Labor we will be putting up a great trip in the keys I would love to send you link. We are currently in Jacksonville Florida.We would love to chat with you guys.

We prefer chatting via personal email so its easier to send photos and such. We did not load a photo here it was too large and just have not resized one but we have many and would love to hear about your adventures and see photos as well. We are always up for a 3 days weekend so we could meet up in any port.

Our email is robertsarahedges@hotmail.com

Looking forward to chatting and sharing stories

Sara and Robert
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:14 PM   #6
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Hello. Sounds like a great trip. I am a 24 year old male, currently working on Block Island, RI. I've only been back and forth from the mainland sailing a few weekends this summer so I'm looking to get some real cruising in once my job ends in a few weeks. I spent all of last summer working aboard a traditional, wooden schooner in Maine, cruising the Penobscot Bay and the area, taking watches and stuff, so I'm very comfortable at sea and love being there. My interest would tentatively be for some portion of the fall and then go from there. I would love to hear from you and maybe figure something out. It would probably be easiest if you just emailed me.

-Bill Truelove

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Old 08-15-2008, 04:34 AM   #7
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Hi, my name's Sassy. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity.

I'm 26 years old and have been sailing recreationally for about two years. I'm a hard worker, fast learner, team player, reasonably flexible and have excellent customer service skills. (I also have experience working solo on graveyard shifts.)

People tell me I'm easy going and have a good personality. And I get along with just about everybody. I'm low maintenance and friendly. And have been told I have a great sense of humor.

If you feel like I would be a good addition to your crew, please contact me at sassyfrass475@yahoo.com. Thank you.
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Old 08-25-2008, 04:35 AM   #8
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Hey Jim and Barbara,

Sorry for taking so long to get back to you, and thank you for your reply to our post. We have been in Mexico for the past few weeks and didn't think to check this site while away! Are you still looking for crew? If so, we would love to chat with you as soon as possible.


James and Mel

Please contact us at:

jamesboshier@yahoo.ca and plett_m@hotmail.com

Thanks! :
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:43 PM   #9
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I am well experienced in large and small sailing vessels. I am always

considered as asset on any vessel. My experience includes charter

skipper in the Aegean, a transatlanatic crossing as navigator in a 42'

sailboat, New Zealand to Fiji in a 46' sailboat, Fiji to New Zealand as

Watch Officer on Alvei a 38 meter main-topsail schooner, Chief mate on

Caribbean Mercy a 265' hospital/relief vessel, numerous sailings as mate

for the New Zealand National Maritime Museum on Breeze, a 65'

square-rigger, Chief mate on Glacier Bay Exlporer requiring close

quarters navigation among rocks, and beach landings in wilderness

locations, watch leader on Spirit of New Zealand a 45 meter barquentine,

and numerous other sailing vessels of various size and transits,

including extensive experience among uncharted reefs in Fiji.

Also licensed ship officer.

I am currently Norfolk, Virginia and may be contacted at


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Old 10-07-2008, 08:36 AM   #10
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Hi, my name's Carl and I'm a 23 year old shipwright/boatbuilder from Sydney, Australia and your schedule sounds perfect for me to maybe be involved. I will be on the south-west coast of the US from early Feb 2009, and my plan is to either sail cross-atlantic or fly to then crew in the Med. I have limited blue water experience sofar (just up and down around the coast near Sydney), but have my own boat which I sail on Sydney Harbour, as well as a pretty good ocean racing pedigree (my family is the Halvorsens). If I could sail with you guys for a while in the caribbean before crossing to gain some experience and see if you're happy with me to go, that would be awesome.

I also have no worries helping out with all the boat repairs, maintenance, haulout etc.

Look forward to hearing back if you're interested.


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Old 10-08-2008, 05:29 PM   #11
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Dear Jim, Barbara, and Sam,

I was pleased to find a posting that fit so well with the crew position I desire.

I have been racing j/105's in the Chesapeake for a bit over a year now and have done some bareboat cruising in the BVI and SVG. I currently sit behind a desk for a custom millwork shop and its driving me crazy.

I just turned 25 in August and have caught the cruising bug bad. I am outgoing, have a great sense of humor and live for an adventure. I am easy to get along with and am willing to work my butt off to make my time on board worthwhile. I like to stay in shape, be active, and learn as much as I can.

I worked in Panama for 4 months helping to develop biodiesel production systems, so perhaps 100% renewable, recycled cheap fuel would be of some help.

I can cook and love to eat new and different food.

I would love to join your party but if not then perhaps I could come down to Norfolk/Hampton before you depart and meet you all for a dinner and a drink. I would love to check out your setup and hear more about your plans.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thank you for the consideration.

Phil Strause

Richmond Va

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Old 10-16-2008, 09:11 PM   #12
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I have an ASA certification and racing experience. Ive also been employed as a cook and have a very strong technical aptitude - worked mapping with GPS/GIS systems and with computers. I have a wealth of experience and knowledge working with computers (worked many years as a Systems Admin. and Programmer) that I would be glad to share. Ive done a bit of remodeling and carpentry as well. I'm currently in Salem, MA and can be can be in NY real easily.

I also am a musician of sorts. I play the banjo, and some various other things.

matt (at) thepeterkas (dot) com


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Old 10-19-2008, 04:05 PM   #13
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Hello Marguerite,

I am 62 years old, have received my ASA basic keelboat certificate ( waiting for my basic cruising certificate ).

Have sialed the wee boats ( sunfish , etc. ), the twenty some odd ( o'days 22, 25 footers ) day sailing, and taken an eight day training cruise in the BVIs' on a 50 foot Beneteau.

Spent twelve years in the USN, over six on destroyers ( round the world in 1966 ).

In good physical shape. Layed back . Good worker. Can handle the helm, the lines ( both running and docking ). Basic navagation.

On the possible downside; I am deaf in my left ear and a bit of loss in my right.

If am considered; what would be the time table that I would be required?

Blue Skies...Richard

R. E. Weisner

Long Island, New York
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:26 PM   #14
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I would like to sail and work a leg of your voyage between Caribbean or FL up toward Chesapeake. Responsible 53yo empty nester dad seeking open water experience. Some near-shore experience. Please kepp me in mind if interested later. Thank you.


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