How can you sail the world without owning or buying a boat? Hitchhike aboard the sailboat of course!
Do you want an unlimited adventure, seeing hard-to-reach places, diving in coral reefs in remote places, enjoying different cultures and learning new skills all with a limited budget! In some rare cases even get paid for it! How?
Easy! Let me answer some immediate questions in your mind!
Q. Do you need a sailing experience?
a. No … all you need is the right attitude, and be easy and keep up to learn and pull your weight.
Q. What is likely to cost?
a. Donate for food, sometimes fuel, but remember the wind is free … which you'll have to pay anyway, and it's cheap for the cost of a plane ticket and stays at destinations!
Q. Where can you find a yacht that needs a crew?
a. Marina bulletin boards, yacht clubs, online, on bulletin boards at Packer Inn go back and go to moorings and talk to sailors there.
Caught your interest? Want to know more!
My three experiences:
1. I needed a crew accompanying me across the Tasman Sea from New Zealand to Australia so I posted a notice at a yacht club in the Bay of Islands. A young woman from Israel answered him. Orit had no sailing experience and was roaming around the world … she was a great asset in the trip. Orit's position and willingness to learn and co-take command and hours made her a respected staff member and prepared some great meals.
2. In Australia, when I was sailing on the East Coast to Whitsunday Islands, I placed a notice in two houses of "Back Packer", and I never had a couple from England to accompany me. They had no experience.
3. She was sailing to the Pacific Islands on another person's yacht, five of us, one of whom was a young girl who applied online, traveled from Auckland to Tonga and then the ship jumped to another yacht to continue her journey around the world. Her only experience was a cruise on a long ship where she learned some basic skills.
That's how easy it is! The main thing that you will need is the correct time and position!
How to make yourself a desirable crew mate:
Go to your local sailing club or yacht club and discover the time for midweek races or any other "fun" races and be there early … I guarantee that there will be many yacht owners happy to receive additional crew.
If you have time to go out for a few weeks in a row and make it known that you are keen on a sailboat crew … even coastal. Like those that fly from one city or island to another. Many of the owners deliver to owners who can fish with a sailboat for delivery … and some pay or provide meals.
Learn as much as possible about being on a sailboat … The commander will ask you to do the basic "things" on the boat … and raise the sail or on the winch in pulling a few sheets … and this leads me to something else …
Learn the terminology … because it is a completely new language … You can learn some of these things on the Internet so that it is not a complete doll when the leader asks you to pull out the main card or set the traveler!
Do you have any usable skills to make you more willing? Are you a good cook or at least you can have a delicious meal? Do you have any hairdresser, other unique skills, diving instructor, or anything else to put you above the rest? Maybe you speak another language or know fun card games? Are you keen on fishing and can take a few meals?
Be aware most of the time you will not be sipping cold drinks. Everyone on board helps out with our daily sailing missions. Maintaining the boat clean and well maintained, cooking, navigation, and even taking a rudder / wheel and guiding the boat despite the presence of an autopilot most of the time.
One of the most important things is the watch list, keeping your eyes open for ships or anything else you may want to avoid as well as weather changes. This is something the crew does 24 hours a day.
Respect that yachts can be a person's home. Deal with them this way. Keep your "stuff". The space is the best, watch out for manners (toilet), worse than unblock the marine toilet.
The most important things when navigating sailboats:
It has to be easy to get along with!
When I crossed the Tasman Sea with Orit Backpacker without any experience, I also had a man on board and very experienced yachting. It was absolute pain, and he knew the fact that he had not lifted weight and could not wait to get rid of it on Lord Howe Island off the coast of Australia.
By then Orit had learned how to steer the boat, and she was very good on GPS after she was 24 years old, just another computer and she can draw a course on the chart. She picked up a lot of new skills.
Experiences teach you a lot in life … right?
Another situation I encountered on the flight I mentioned above was to the Pacific Islands with 5 of us on board. The racing girl paid a trip for her in a different way. We paid for our daily food only at the time of $ 20A a day and helped us in all sailing assignments.
She slept with 50 years on something, and the loud "shouting" at night kept us awake at night and were competing with the rest of us who lifted our weight in sailing and maintaining the boat. The seasickness was half-trip and rarely did the dishes or any other business.
The harmony of the crew comes above anything else on board, especially on small boats. There are not a lot of locations to hide on a small yacht when people do not consume.
My experience was not "that bad" but I heard about some horrific situations that the captain and crew did not agree to! As a female leader, I had to be careful about who I took on board the crew, so keep that in mind when introducing yourself to the crew.
Sailboats and Captain:
It can be easy to fall into excitement on the trip and find a trip but you can undo! Meet the captain and spend some time talking to him.
How much experience does he / she have?
Did they sail only coastal or sea?
Is the captain easy to talk to and "transparent"?
How long have they owned the boat?
How do they manage night shift sessions?
What are the captain expectations for you?
If you are a young girl and a male captain … consider whether you trust him alone miles away from the sea … it is best to travel in numbers!
What season do you sail for example not a hurricane / hurricane season!
You'll spend a lot of time together, weeks, and possibly months so make sure you feel at ease! Avoid tremors and those with tendencies to be Captain Billy!
And … be sure to see the boat!
Does the sea seem worthy of the ones you went to in the sailing club?
Ask another captain if he's a boat worthy of the sea!
Did it look well-equipped? Ask about safety and navigation equipment!
The best of a capricious cruise … do you feel comfortable?
All this is on the side of the park, but the captain needs to feel comfortable with you. Introduce yourself clean, tidy, and be polite. Give the captain the reason for being an asset on board and offer to help prepare the ship for the flight at no cost of course … and do so! This is a good way along with a rolling cruise to see how you'll get along the path before you leave Earth.
Put yourself in Captains shoes … It's his boat … Why does he want to choose you to cross the ocean with your crew? What can you do for him / her?
Happy with captain and sailboat … now what?
You are not a sailing star, but you are ready to match the captain and the other crew! You are happy to learn, do sailing and cover the night watching! Boost your other skills to excel!
Yes sailing is not just sitting with a cold drink … There are sail jobs to do but there is also plenty of time to relax and have fun. Take some music and books to read. Musical instrument if you play one to get some singing!
There will be times when you will feel the environment. The constant rush of water when the boat crosses the sea, the sound of waves, the blue of the night sky, the umbrella of the stars at night is unbelievable. Catching your dinner from the back of the boat and eating a feast that night.
One morning off Minerva sail 3 days from Tonga Island in the Pacific, we exchanged lobster beer with some local fishermen. We had champagne and lobster for breakfast and then went diving in the coral.
Sailing into a new port or island hours after trying to capture a glimpse of the Earth is very exciting. Explore and socialize with different cultures that find you acceptable differently than if you were just a regular tourist.
And if this is where your yacht stops, many outlets such as the van stand for cruise sailboats on board sailboats … you can swap boats and sail to new destinations.
It's a great way to travel full of adventure! You will reach places you could not reach in any way and have experience that will remain with you for life! The good news is that you don't even need a lot of money, a yacht or a sailing experience … so what are you waiting for?