I am seeking 3-4 crew, at least one with blue water experience, to assist in shakedown sail of my yacht "Love of Gaia" commencing early November in Morton Bay, and proceeding in easy steps through Southport , Coffs Harbour, Port Stevens, possibly Newcastle, and then various locations in Sydney. We'll proceed North and then East thereafter slowly, avoiding cyclone season, and thence to the Pacific.
The yacht is a steel cutter rigged Roberts 53 sloop with brand new spars and rig being installed next week, new radar, ultra-sonic weather station, GPS5012 plotter. A new home designed self-steering rudder is being commissioned and needs tuning. Heaps of green power (10 x 80w solar, wind gen, 1800Ah batt) and 6Kw genset for backup. The yacht has rather rugged but spacious interior (head room throughout), more of an adventure style vessel than a luxury yacht. The cabins, one single berth, one twin, and one double. Two watertight bulkheads, the forward V berth being configured as a workshop.
Some gear, including sea-anchor, large dinghy, SSB radio, AIS B transponder, freezer, and a better cooktop than my current metho stove is yet to be chosen and fitted.
Food will be provided for the experienced crew who assists in finalising the fitout and shakedown. The idea here is to find a more or less permanent live-aboard sailing partner.
Less experienced crew coming for the ride will be expected to share food costs. Marina fees, fuel, and other boat expenses will be covered by the owner.
Smoking inside is not permitted but it's ok in the open. The occasional alcoholic drink is fine but I'm not interested in regular drinkers.
ME: I'm 55, male, have done lots of dinghy sailing, but don't have much blue water experience. I'm a terrible cook and don't know how to fish! I'm into diving, and will be seeking an activity in the Pacific Islands helping local people. I smoke (wish I didn't) but don't drink.