Sailing crew wanted Baja to Cartegena
Experienced skipper, sixties, seeks energetic, agreeable person(s) any age or gender to crew on a passage from Baja California to Panama and beyond. Destination would be the beautiful, friendly, historic city of Cartegena, Columbia.
Our passage will take us down the Gold Coast of Mexico (which we have sailed many times) with likely stopovers at La Cruz (Puerto Vallarta), Barra de Navidad and Ziahuatanejo.
We will continue as part of the El Salvadore Cruisers Rally https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6R-...MUE/edit?pli=1
to the Bahia del Sol estuary for a stopover (and possible overland visits to Mayan ruins.) We next head toward a Panama Canal transit, San Blas Island hopping and terminate at Cartegena, Columbia. I expect the trip to last 3-4 months. I will accept crew applications for the entire voyage, or legs of at least two weeks or more.
Some sailing experience is desirable but not essential. A willing, congenial disposition is far more important. Your primary job is to stand watches. Beyond that, I can teach you everything you need to know to be a productive member of a sailing crew. This is not a paid position; crew will contribute toward their share of food and fuel. Figure per Diem USD 5 minimum 10 maximum.
The vessel is a Robert Perry designed Tayana 37, sleeps 6, cutter rigged, with a sea kindly motion, built to survive extreme offshore conditions. Our faithful Shamwari
Her displacement is 13 tons with 8000 lb. keel for ballast. (Think 4 Toyotas strapped under her for stability!) The skipper has sailed since the age of 8, cruised the Mexican Coast Acapulco to San Francisco for ten years, has crossed the Pacific and sailed small boats in lakes, rivers and the Atlantic Ocean. We carry liferaft, EPIRB, shortwave (ham/SS
radio, radar, backup vane steering, emergency tiller, and I will get you back safely.
Departure is February 1. Please respond by email with at telephone number if possible. You have several options: join us immediately in La Paz, Mexico. Or, one week later in Puerto Vallarta or somewhat later down the coast. I will also consider applications for the El Salvadore to Panama legs.
If you have every hoped or dreamed for a Pacific sailing getaway, the one-way air ticket to Mexico will be the best $200 you ever spent. Lowest cost is fly into "Cabo" (SJD) and take the Ecobaja van for $25 to La Paz. EcoBajaTours
Here is a 2009 passage. Mexico 2009
My daughers in these pictures will sadly probably not be aboard for most of our passage. My wife may join us for short periods, her work permitting.
To apply, please send a brief, three sentence description of yourself and experience. If we find good fit to bring you aboard, I will ask a deposit which is non-refundable once we have sailed, as the prospects for finding the right replacements underway is slim. When you arrive in La Paz you will have an opportunity to inspect the boat, ask me any additional questions, and if you for any reason do not want to join the crew, I will refund your deposit in full and shake hands, no problem.
Thanks for reading this long post.
Master, SV Shamwari