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  1. #1
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    Default Experiences with 'find a crew' etc. websites.

    Hi all,

    I've started Dinghy lessons. I've scheduled in a Competent Crew Course. But I want some experience before I buy my own boat.

    I've signed up to Find a Crew and made a profile. Seems to be a lot of older gentlemen looking for 'females 21-35' only, while others want 50 dollars a day to work, but there do exist some genuine opportunities to sail.

    Was just wondering what the forum's experiences were and if you had any advice

    Thanks!,
    Ross
    Last edited by ross84; 30-04-19 at 13:13.

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    Default Re: Experiences with 'find a crew' etc. websites.

    Sounds dark and foreboding these dingy (sic) lessons. Do you have to wear dark clothes?

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    Default Re: Experiences with 'find a crew' etc. websites.

    The Cruising Association runs a Crewing Service that I understand works well. Skippers looking for crew can consult a list of crew available with all their details. Articles I have read in Cruising magazine suggest a wide variety of sailing experiences by members, from weekend short distances to trans-Atlantic and long-term Med cruising. Cost £28 per year.
    Answers to some technical queries at new website http://coxeng.co.uk

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    Default Re: Experiences with 'find a crew' etc. websites.

    The solution used to be join a club. Depends where you are in the country and the available clubs. Most are sympathetic to learners and may not fleece you until you are hooked.

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    Default Re: Experiences with 'find a crew' etc. websites.

    If only YBW had a Crewing Opportunities Forum.

    http://www.ybw.com/forums/forumdispl...-Opportunities

    'Non-commercial listings for Crew/Boat-owners Power or Sail to help those loooking for crews, or people looking for boating opportunities'
    Last edited by LittleSister; 30-04-19 at 17:38.

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    Default Re: Experiences with 'find a crew' etc. websites.

    haha thanks!

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    Default Re: Experiences with 'find a crew' etc. websites.

    The facebook group "last minute crew wanted in the solent" is pretty active if you want to sail in the Solent

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    Default Re: Experiences with 'find a crew' etc. websites.

    IME, Crewseekers is the best place both to find crew and for crewing opportunities. At £100 pa for crew (free for boat owners) it's a bit pricey for what you get but I suppose this helps weed out time wasters.
    I'd rather be tethered to a pad eye than tethered to an iPad.

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    Default Re: Experiences with 'find a crew' etc. websites.

    Very few people use the crewing opportunities forum. Perhaps crews do not find this section as it is so far down the page.

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