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    Default Mile Building

    Some mates of mine lost their charter boat in hurricane Irma and have put in an offer for a replacement catamaran, which is Panama. Once all the moola and paper work has changed hands, they will be hauling out, doing some maintenance, adding equipment and so on and then bashing their way across the Caribbean Sea to the BVI. They will be looking for paying crew for the trip. He is RYA commercially endorsed and the boat complies with US charter regulations.She is a fantastic cook and will fatten you up with great meals.

    It is not going to be an easy passage - the Crabby-Ian Christmas winds should have kicked in, it's a catamaran, which won't go to windward like a monomaran does and there will be loads of slamming. Other than that, the weather will be warm and sunny.

    Any ideas where they might find people looking for a mile building passage of approx 1500NM, probably in December?

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    Default Re: Mile Building

    There is no doubt a good possibility that you might find a couple of crew on this forum who are crazy enough to pay for perhaps 2 weeks of continuous bashing.
    Alternatively maybe try Crewseekers?
    https://www.crewseekers.net/

    This does remind me somewhat of that famous advert by Ernest Shackleton re his voyage to Antarctica :
    "Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success."
    http://www.antarctic-circle.org/advert.htm

    Last year a pal of mine sailed singlehanded from Panama on her 33' monomaran heading eastwards hopefully - she was aiming for the BVI's. After 2 weeks of bashing, she fetched up in Jamaica. After spending some time there to fix stuff and have a rest she set off again.
    Three weeks later, she arrived in Aruba. After another lengthy repair and recuperation sojourn in the ABC's, another 2 weeks of bashing got her to St Maarten.
    Ok, she was singlehanded, and on a monomaran, but even still, if the trades hadn't been so ferocious she would have made much better time.
    Last edited by Bajansailor; 22-10-17 at 22:48.
    Here is a useful guide to Barbados - http://www.doyleguides.com/barbados/

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