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In Topic: Crew offer/advice needed

17 March 2017 - 06:09 PM

also - typically if you help with a delivery, you won't be expected to contribute to boat-related expenses, or food that is provisioned for the voyage.


nearly all transatlantic passages are deliveries of one sort or another - especially the east-bound trips


it's not even that uncommon for return airfare to be provided. getting paid a daily rate is less common, and typically requires experience


if it's more of a cruise - sailing around.., stopping here or there.., then sharing of expenses is a bit more common


also some transatlantic events - like the ARC - have a few boats that charge money for berths - some of them are businesses, and some are just owners tying to defray part of the cost. The ARC is something that a lot of people aspire to do, so there is a bit of a market for spots. But even in the ARC, which gets 200 boats, probably fewer than 5 or 10 % of the crew are even contributing to expenses.

In Topic: Laptop computers

17 March 2017 - 03:01 PM

as an OS, win 10 is better than win 7 


when judging OS's, most people can't see past the interface though - and that's fine...


i don't like the win 10 interface either 


i use classic shell - and it makes it win 10 look quite a lot like win 7


my laptop boots to the desktop.., it has a start menu like the win 7 one, i never see the annoying home screen page with all those apps i never use...




google the reviews - it's free and good


the main problem is that if i am ever forced to use a win 10 computer without classic shell.., i have to figure it out 

In Topic: Crew offer/advice needed

13 March 2017 - 01:31 AM




quite a few cruising boats go from the caribbean to the med or other ports in europe in the spring - say starting in early april, and departing between then and sometime in may - some go in june, but that's getting on towards when they want to be in europe.


they depart from anywhere.., but st martin and antigua are common - especially for bigger boats. it's possible that some of the boats make it  to florida before going back, but i don't think many do - for any that do, i would guess ft lauderdale


Thanks!  I knew about St. Martin, but I did not know about Antigua or Ft Lauderdale.  Thank you!  That is very helpful.



well, i wouldn't say ft lauderdale has anything like the number of sailboats departing for europe as does st martin or antigua, the only reason i mentioned it was that you asked about florida - it could be that zero sailboats depart from there for europe 

In Topic: J 121

13 March 2017 - 01:27 AM

The only revolution J Boats is trying to introduce here is needing fewer crew on a big boat.  Not a performance revolution.  Personally, my feeling is that is where the revolution needs to happen.  If you want a faster boat, buy a faster boat.  Simple.  If you want to race at J/121 speeds with 4 or 5 crew, what are your options, particularly offshore?  If you want to cruise at J/121 speeds at this price limit, what are your options?  To me, this boat fits into a gap in the market.  


i sailed on a boat 20 years ago with water ballast - so i'm not sure it's very revolutionary...

In Topic: Retractable drive systems

10 March 2017 - 08:48 PM

i sailed a bunch on an boat that had one retro-fit.., not sure of the brand or anything


from a rating point of view it was a plus - i think the hit under IRC was only .003


but the boat was really only raced, and it didn't get a lot of engine hours.