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Young sailor from Cape Cod

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Young sailor from Cape Cod

Postby jpikulski » Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:17 pm

Hello all.

I've taken the liberty to join this forum in search of adventure, and feel inclined to briefly introduce myself .

My name is Justin, i'm from Cape Cod, MA.

I've been sailing for a just a few months around the surrounding islands of my home with an experienced captain on a volunteer basis, learning to sail on a 35' sloop. The art of sailing has captivated me almost immediately.

I've spent some time traveling the east coast, most of which during a backpacking adventure with two friends upon the Appalachian Trail, and city to city from southern Maryland to Orlando, FL.

In search of further more exotic travel I found myself a novice sailor, and I present you with my current plans:

Come December I am attempting to make my way to Florida once again, I've found a ride with a friend of mine with similar lifestyle passions, though his and I's paths will be split shortly upon arrival.

My goal is to travel to Florida with as much money as I can acquire between now and then, working my two jobs: IT Specialist by day, and line cook by night.
Upon arrival I plan to purchase my first vessel, ISO a near 30' sloop. From there I intend to sail to the Florida keys until late March where I will sail north on the east coast and eventually find myself near home to Newport RI where I intend to work through the warmer climate aboard a charter sailboat.

come late September of 2019 my plan then is to sail again south, this time to the Bahamas and hopefully the Caribbean, to likely return north at the same time for the same reasons and use that money earned on a yearly basis along with some other freelance income to maintain my lifestyle and vessel, as well as some "freedom chips.


This is a small attempt at presenting myself to this valuable community, I implore any of you who are in search of crew to reach out to me with any offers that may even slightly agree with my current plans, as they are not set in stone; I am merely taking the advice of my soul and the reading i have done; and of course Mark Twain: "Explore. Dream. Discover."

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Re: Young sailor from Cape Cod

Postby RTB » Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:45 pm

Welcome. I hope you find the adventure you are looking for. There is always a boat that could use crew. Just not easy to find. Walk the docks, and let people know you would like to crew. I got lucky once, made friends with a guy on another forum. I crewed on his catamaran from Green Cove Springs in Florida, to Cartagena, Colombia.
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Re: Young sailor from Cape Cod

Postby tex » Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:09 am

Welcome aboard. I found that crewing opportunities can be better found on specific boat brand owners forums and association websites. For example, I have a Krogen brand of boat. Owners are frequently asking on the Krogen site for crew help with larger yachts on seasonal moves north or south. Of course these are with trawler type yachts, not sailboats. Perhaps one could check Hinkley, Catalina, Island Packet, Hunter and such brands.
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Re: Young sailor from Cape Cod

Postby ka8uet » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:58 pm

RtB, I wonder if the cat you crewed on was the one that is now mine, or perhaps the larger one (looks like a Lagoon) that was next slip but one to me. I bought mine from a guy who kept her at Green Cove Springs, and he bought her from a friend who had used her as a dive boat in the Caribbean.
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Re: Young sailor from Cape Cod

Postby tex » Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:48 pm

Helen: I didn’t know that about your cat. Is the boat still equipped for diving? It could come in handy.
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Re: Young sailor from Cape Cod

Postby RTB » Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:21 pm

ka8uet wrote:Source of the post RtB, I wonder if the cat you crewed on was the one that is now mine, or perhaps the larger one (looks like a Lagoon) that was next slip but one to me. I bought mine from a guy who kept her at Green Cove Springs, and he bought her from a friend who had used her as a dive boat in the Caribbean.


The one I was on was a 48' Simpson catamaran. Cold molded and built in Germany. Her name was Imagine, and had red hulls and white decks. She was left on the Pacific side of Panama, and for sale after John Rodgers died from cancer in Florida. I have lost touch with his widow. Melanie was from the Philippines, and may have returned to her family there.

John was an inspiration to me, and why we decided to get "out there" while we had our health. I sure bet he has looked down on us and had a few chuckled at some of my decisions along the way!
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Re: Young sailor from Cape Cod

Postby janice142 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:27 pm

jpilkulski... you do have a plan. In that regard, I would suggest that you consider in your spare time studying diesel mechanics. A good place to start might be to purchase Calder's Boatownerers book. It's a Tome (probably 1000 pages) and offers insight into boats from a mechanical/electrical standpoint.

Sailing is sailing. Most sailboats run their engines A LOT. More than you can imagine from reading and watching YouTube videos.

Your goals are a guidepost. As you've accomplished a lot in your 30 years, this might just be the next part of your journey. Read and learn all you can about LIFE aboard a boat. It's not all sailing into a remote anchorage, smartly deploying the anchor which sets immediately, then cracking open a cold one while you listen to music on the radio.

You might end up here:
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The reality is both far worse and FAR BETTER. I love it. That said, even though my boat was not where she is today on purchase, I had a long-term goal with items on The List. Most have been accomplished, though now the list is longer than before I bought the boat.

Blatant Plug: You might find some practical Life-information useful to you on my website. Start at the Archive or simply wander around as things catch your interest. Good luck.

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Re: Young sailor from Cape Cod

Postby ka8uet » Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:45 pm

Tex, I think all that's left of her diving equipment are the benches. Of course, there are parts of lockers I can't get in, because I'd never be able to climb out! There are no tanks or air compressors for filling same. I do wish I could find one of the hookah things aboard! Then I could clean the bottom by myself!

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