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  since Apr 2023
  last sign in 22 Jun 2024
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United States - New York - visible to Boat members only
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 Home location usual 'Place of residence'
United States - New York - visible to Boat members only

Personal details

L5   native
speaking natively like a local without a noticeable foreign accent
L4   fluent
speaking fluently with an extensive vocabulary, but with a foreign accent
L3   competent
speaking competently with a solid vocabulary on almost any topic
L2   elementary
speaking enough to get by, but may get lost in a conversation
L1   learning
not speaking the language, but learned enough to say simple sentences
L0   not proficient
may know a few words, but cannot form sentences or ask questions
speaks native English
competent French
elementary Portuguese
US American
visible to Free & Premium members only
Civil Status
not specified
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182 cm / 6'
may tell you later


Countries I've resided in
United States
Countries I've visited


I eat any available diet and I'm fine with any or no specific diet aboard
I'm generally a non-drinker and I'm fine with any or no drinking aboard
I'm generally a non-smoker and I'm fine with any or no smoking aboard


Coastal/Ocean sea time
spent at least 10 years at sea
Coastal/Ocean sea miles
logged at least 20,000 nm at sea

Maritime Qualifications & Certificates

Qualifications / Certifications

Boat wanted

any, cruising: Offshore or mile building
Vessel main propulsion
preferably sail
Vessel hull type
Vessel length
any length
Crew & guests aboard


Recreational    generally unpaid positions, or contributing towards some agreed expenses

positions of interest
preferably for
 Crew   experienced
 Competent Crew   experienced
 Delivery Crew   experienced
 Teacher / Tutor   experienced and qualified
 Deckhand   experienced
crew is not expecting to be paid
- visible to Free & Premium members only
crew to pay an agreed share towards some expenses


Team status
Just me, I'm not bringing any crewmates

Dear Shipmates


How should I persuade you to take a seventy year old on board? For one thing I should be brief, but you'll have to skim--it's what I do.

When I was... younger, I was a commercial mariner. I grew up sailing a 78' gaff-headed Alden schooner and was her captain for a couple of years. I was deckhand for many many deliveries, of new tugboats from LI NY down to the ABC's, Panama, Trinidad, the Persian Gulf, of yachts, power and sail, everywhere and anywhere. But all this was a very long time ago, when things were very different. We navigated by stars, had no contact with the beach, took the weather as it came, arrived in harbors as distant strangers. I have stories, needless to say, but it's hard to communicate just how vast and untamed the world was then. It was for me at least another state of mind and being.

I was an auto mechanic, a tree surgeon, what else? Somewhere I have a masters plumbers license from Rhode Island. I got a degree and had had a busy practice as a private tutor in Manhattan, put three daughters through school and college while my own students came and went. I taught to AP level physics, chemistry, biology, algebra, geometry, calculus, US history, European history, global history, art history, hateful econ 101, the SATs, French, Latin, Ancient Greek, I have faked my way and could still through just about any college course in the humanities. I know a lot about a great many things. From the way I talk, you'd think I was well-read. I've written five novels, came this close, but never published one. I can write a screenplay in a couple of weeks. I give great eulogies.

My last blue water passage was eleven years ago, I mention it only because we were caught in a fluke early-season hurricane and of the three boats that left Newport the same day we were the only one to survive.

I'm VERY useful on a boat. I love the weather. I love all hours. I love new people.

A little about myself, my interests and my plans

clean & tidydiligentdiscreeteasy-goingenthusiasticfit & healthyfriendlyrespectfulskilledtrustworthyconfident swimmerrarely/unlikely seasickgood listenergood communicatorno body piercingsno facial piercingsno tattoos at allvisible tattoostravel light (little luggage)eager to learn & workpoliteLGBTIQA+ respectfulpositive outlookopen mindedsense of humorcan pay own expensesavailable on my ownenjoy cookingdon't mind cleaninggood with maintenanceenjoy teachinglive on little moneylearn a language

My motivation and reasons to crew on a boat

visit remote placesseek adventureface challengesgain experiencelive off the gridtravel

I didn't check "running away", but I was tempted. More like "running to". There's no box for "cheat death" but there ought to be. "Cook for people" is another I'd check, "Meet new people", "Talk.. or not", and above all, "Help out any way I can," and, believe me, I can.

I'm a woke lumpen leftie of modest means, but I pay my way.

One thing I didn't mention--I am a dedicated meditator, hours a day, somewhat by chance in the Tibetan Dzochen tradition. At this I would say I AM a professional and thereby an incidental student of east meets west philosophy. I can do it well on a boat, and the practice has led to some very interesting, I'd say useful, even helpful observations for those in need of warmth and solace.


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