Winston Smith

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  1. Winston Smith

    Calling All Captains!

    Thanks for the responses. I'm just going to think about those comments for a little while :)
  2. Winston Smith

    Calling All Captains!

    Yeah when I said I'd just fuel it up go full throttle and I'm sure I'd be fine I was being about half sarcastic. I actually don't know. IMO crossing the English channel at this time of year is a job for an expert. Although this is literally what I considered doing! Just getting by with my mobile GPS, then I thought no that's insane... If there were places I could stop and refuel and stay if the weather's rough, then move on to the next leg, etc I might be OK. But even getting across the channel seems a bit dodgy with my total lack of navigational experience. I have sailed a bit, but I've never even pulled up a storm sail so.. Yeah, pro needed. That's a tough one about the motor boat. I'm considering that too. Then I can save for a larger sailboat. My end goal is to live aboard a sailboat and travel. But I think I would rather get a small sailboat and rough it for a year or two while saving for a bigger boat. I really just want to sail asap. I really like the Fulmar. I'm even considering the one you linked ;-) I am a little concerned why the engine which is only 20 years old looks so dirty, and a little corroded in spots. I've seen cleaner 50 year old engines. Besides that it looks pretty good, especially for the price. I'm sure I would love it. Hiring a trainer and going as a crew sounds brilliant. Then I can get real training on my own boat which is perfect and something I would eventually want to do anyway. Nice idea thanks. Also this one isn't the prettiest or fastest model I suppose, but it's been for sale a while and they might take a low ball bid. I have a pathetic 10-12K Euros to work with right now. Yeah I know but you have to start somewhere right https://www.botentekoop.com/sailing-yachts/westerly-longbow/cd02248f-a19d-4-Pulse-8-9601ea99df-49556 It's in South Netherlands, so (call me a wuss!) I'd still want a captain to get her home to Amsterdam. I just don't want to be learning to sail and learning navigation equipment, and learning actual sea sailing, and learning the locks all at the same time.
  3. Winston Smith

    Calling All Captains!

    I didn't think 'calling all captains' was a 'smart ass troll' thing to say. When I said 'is anybody actually doing this work anymore' I meant it! There is a Corona going on you know??? And it's having a tiny bit of effect on international travel, which is exactly what I need. I thought that would be obvious but oh well... Guess people thought that was a sarcastic comment. Which I suppose I can understand. These are pretty crazy times! Anyway thanks for the link I'll check them out.
  4. Winston Smith

    Calling All Captains!

    I'm looking at a few Westerlys- Longbow, Konsort, and Fulmar for my first live aboard. I like the high cabin roof that goes far forward and the extra space and light that provides. Dutch boats that compete on this basis seem to cost a lot more. Ironically once I'm better at sailing, I want to sail to England LOL And lots of other places... I'll have a survey done so all should work fine. These boats are 29-32 feet long. I'm only looking at examples with newer fresh water cooling so I think the engine will be ok. Can you do that with a boat this size? It's an interesting option... Though it may come into Rotterdam and I'll still have to sail it home on the Channel from there. Good idea thanks. Now! If I can find a nice English lady to sail it home for me, she'll have my heart forever! LOL. Here I thought finding a live aboard girlfriend we be step two! I was thinking more George Orwell, but good reference Captain Ron, you mean Kurt Russell? That would be awesome! Does he bring the girls? I'll go with, umm you know, to help So I tried that Google thing and it gave a small list. Though they mostly seem a bit overqualified, unless a Fulmar 32 weighs 200 tons haha- I suppose I could try a few of them for quotes. Considering buying. The selection looks much better in England. I have the confidence to just do it myself, but not really any skill. I mean you just pull one of those cables and the sail goes up right? Then what you just point it and go East I suppose. If a big storm comes I'd just fire up the engine and put the pedal to the medal and I'm sure it would work out fine. Then again some small voice is whispering in my head that this is possibly not a fantastic idea. But I've got a GPS on my phone, so what could possibly go wrong? Maybe above is not such a bad plan after all. Just gas it up, go full steam ahead, use the phone GPS, and learn to sail when I get it here. Maybe there's a guide somewhere on the Amsterdam locks... A British subscriber with SA account name Rocky? Or Rocky as in where I'll end up if I try this myself LOL?
  5. Winston Smith

    Calling All Captains!

    I think I just need a reference. I have no idea how this works, as this is my first boat. Is there a site for captains where they bid on jobs or something? Or a website with some kind of delivery calculator or something where I can at least get a clue how much this will cost and if it will break the boat purchase deal? Also any estimates how long to sail from South England to Amsterdam would be very helpful.
  6. Winston Smith

    Calling All Captains!

    Uhh, I can drive under the English channel, but I can't bring a boat down there. I also do not want to sail back across the English Channel. Not with my sailing skill set. And not in winter. I need a pro to bring her home.
  7. Winston Smith

    Calling All Captains!

    Is anybody actually doing this work anymore??? I need a boat purchase shipped from UK to Netherlands and looking for information how do I get a captain for the job, is it still possible in Corona? And how much would it cost? No idea how long the sail is, but it's an 8 hour drive