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sv ALVEI Experience the Life of a Traditional Sailor

Crew wanted: Deckhand
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:38 m
Location: Fiji
Destination: Vanuatu
Logged in: 13 hours ago

Alvei7+: July 2016


We have been sailing Alvei throughout the world’s oceans from 1995 to the present. We have logged over 200,000 sea miles and stood watch with over 500 crew.

We are looking for a few new volunteers to join the crew. We are usually about a dozen, averaging about six men and women each. We don’t plan it that way, it just works that way. The average age is twenty to thirty-something with a scattering of people in their forties to sixties. Volunteers also join us from all over the world. In fact, we’ve had as many as15 people from 13 different nationalities on one crew alone.

We have three categories of volunteer crew, short-term, medium-term and long-term. On the average about a third of volunteers are 3 weeks to 2 months, another third 3 to 4 months and another third 1-2 years. Once a person accumulates one year of service (either continuously or several shorter stints) they are eligible to sail on Alvei at any time, free of charge. Preference is given to longer term crew.

Long-Term Volunteer Crew Anyone wanting to learn the way of a tall ship sailor would do well to sign on for a year or more. Sea Time will be officially documented and applied toward earning sea time credit towards certification. Once booked, many have pursued lifelong careers at sea based on their experience on Alvei.

Medium-Term Volunteer Crew Many people, who find their way to us through, tend to be keen on tall ship sailing and stay between 3 to 4 months. This is also a good option for gap year studies or retirees who have family or other commitments back home. Many return for successive seasons.

Short-Term Volunteer Crew This option is available for the average backpacker or similar traveller looking for the next island adventure. The typical stay is between 2 weeks and 2 months while sailing interisland in the tropics.

Both long and medium-term crew can include an approximate 4 to 5 week open ocean voyage to or from New Zealand.

2017 Itinerary
• November and December mark the last two months of our 2016 season. This is a good time for potential watch leaders to join the crew and gain hands-on learning/teaching experience guiding and directing less experienced crew. We are looking for potential watch leaders here.

• After the Christmas holidays we continue welcoming new crew and finish maintenance projects such as bulwark repair and painting, tarring the rig, sail repair and caulking the deck.

• Training begins in earnest in early March with lessons on sail and line handling, steering, lookout, watch standing and galley maintenance. We will need a solid 4 weeks of work, from all the volunteers, to prepare for sea. All crew should plan on being on board no later than March 1st.

• We set sail in April for the southwest Pacific islands. Specific destinations are yet to be determined as we generally choose where to go and what to do based on where we are needed most. Possible destinations may include islands from Tahiti, through the Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu.

• In October, we’re bound for Brisbane, Australia for our regular haul-out maintenance. This is 3 weeks of intense but rewarding work, scrubbing the bottom, replacing zincs and painting. This becomes an intense work time with a blow-out party at the end. There is no daily rate charge during the haul out time.

• Then it’s back home to New Zealand for the summer maintenance season.

No one is required to perform jobs they are not comfortable with, such as working aloft. We can accommodate up to17 volunteer crew.

It requires knowledge, experience, time and practice to learn the way of the sea.
Patience and a resilient sense of humour help when mastering the sometimes unexpected events of the day or night. Learning can be gained from reading books by working with your shipmates.

Along with that it can become a time of reward and accomplishment. You will learn things you didn’t expect to learn. (That is where the sense of humour part comes in handy.) And you will definitely have many stories to tell along the way.


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Crew wanted: Amateur crew
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:38 m
Location: Colombia
Destination: Panama
Logged in: 1 days ago


we have a fix crew of 3 people on board and allways need some additional hands (payingwise= 80usd&day for short term untill 7 days and 60usd for longer terms untill 14 days........for a minimum of 3 month 20usd&day (thats for the first stay...people that come for a second tie crewing do not pay and after second we also pay flights.

so what we are looking for is generally more people that come for a minimum time of 3 month (max 4 month)

it is possible to join for less time only payingwise like described before...the shorter you come the more will be the payment

the ship is a 114 years 0ld tallship (staysailschooner), steel, 240tons, 38meter lenght, in good seaworthy conditions.


The minimum amount of time for crewing on the Stahlratte is 3 months, mainly because it takes some time to get into all the ships technical systems and the necessary works! newcomers have to pay there own food/basic axpences of 20us per day for the first 3 month.
when coming second time crewing there is no more expenses and for the third time we pay flights to get on board and back home.

How long you will be staying on board in the end depends highly on our working atmosphere as a group, as this is the most important thing for a group of people living and working together in this "small world", where you will even spend most of your free time together...this can be a challenge!
For this same reason it is also important not to be afraid of confrontations, because at some point the necessicity will arise to discuss things and situations!

Acatually on our tours between panama and colombia we are carrying travelers and their it is passengers and deckscargo we are transporting (up to 20 heavy motorcyles and up to 22 pax)

so basic works on these tours are:

--loading, lashing and cover of deckscargo
--cooking for guests and crew
--maintaining ships technical equippement (generators/engine/watermaker etc)

Maintaining this ship and organising the Tours is a lot of work. For you to be able to get an overview of how things work on the "Stahlratte" we will describe the general routine in the following:

We do approx. 2 Tours consisting of 4 days per month. Each tour needs about 2 days time for preparation i.e. shopping, cleaning, organizing we spend about 12 days in total each month concentrating on Tours.

During these tours we will be very busy especially with organizing the catering for a possible total of 24 we are 3-4 people crew normally, we do not have much time during these tours to relax, even if the guests are asked to help us in everything (cooking,cleaning, watches).

Most of the ships maintenance work is done during our stay in Cartagena between the tours, as this is an industrial harbour and materials, spare-parts etc. are easy to find.

the maintenance works are basicly:

--fight against the rust (grinding; nailhammering; painting
--technical repairs and overhaul (generators, mainengine, watermaker, pumps, hydraulicv equippement...etc)
--rigg works and sailrepairs

it is a lot of Industrial work to do: DIRTY AND EXHAUSTING

We always spend some time in San Blas between the Tours to relax and enjoy the paradise, but even there sometimes things need to be done for the ships maintenance but generally we are not doing anything else than emergency repairs during these days.

The maintenance works are very diverse...there will always be a lot of cleaning involved! Keeping decks and rooms clean, repairing sails, replacing ropes, unrusting and painting, changing the oil of generators, greasing the anchor-winch...ect. ect. ect....
All these works are accompanied by the daily things to do: always checking the generators, charge level of batteries, bilge water content, drinking watertank content, refilling the fridges with cool drinks, checking the vegetables and fruits to take out the bad ones..etc

In our experience the crew works well, when everyone feels responsible for everything and also for everybody. People who lack the ability to see things that need to be done and who need to be provided with tasks makes life on board difficult for all the rest.
very important is to know that as a crewmember you are not coming to "help" when somebody else does works...yourself are asked to work and you will need to take responsabilities and animate yourself doing things ...that all means very quick learning as there will be a load of works you probably have never made before.

This description is not designed to shock you, but it should avoid wrong expectations!
In general you should be able and like to take responsibility, enjoy group-life and -dynamics, cooking, being active and take the iniciative.
You will have to learn some things like how to work with the sails, a bit of seamanship, a bit about motor-maintenance, basic navigation and cooking for up to 22 people, but as long as you are willing to learn, to work and take your part of responsibility you will not need to have knowledge about sailing and ships....this world will be yours in NO time ;)

we are especially looking for people interested in coming back crewing and intensify there skills and konwledge on board and be able-body-sailors or even first mates and so we do pay flights for people when coming 3rd time.
very interesting for stahlratte are allways people with good handcrafts experience...woodworkers, welders etc


Sailing Cargo Expedition - La Palma, Canary Islands 21.08 to Canada 26.09

Crew wanted: Recreational Crew
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:44 m
Location: Canary Islands
Destination: Canada
Logged in: 2 days ago

Timbercoast: NO SAILING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Language spoken onboard is English.

Thank you for your interest in sailing with our community AVONTUUR. We appreciate your desire to not only learn more about exploring the vastness of our planets precious Oceans but actively sailing cargo to preserve them.

The statistics are clear, the current 90,000 plus container ships are destroying our oceans and spewing toxins into our atmosphere. In order for this global dependency to change we believe there must be a collaborative and viable alternative solution. Our communal mission is to create a sustainable shipping culture while fostering the revitalization of traditional merchant seafaring.

INQUIRE to learn more about shared cost, requirements, ect.

Timbercoast Crew


Crew required on board Tall Ship Blue Clipper

Crew wanted: 1st Engineer
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:43 m
Location: Canada
Destination: None
Logged in: 3 days ago

MaybeSailing: We require a chief engineer on board our 43m tall ship. Must hold a minimum of MEOL or equivalent. This is a full time position.

We also require a cook on board our 43m tall ship Blue Clipper. Must have experience cooking at sea and producing good quality mid-end meals. Cooking breakfast, lunch and a 3 course meal each day. Knowledge of different cuisines and the ability to prepare and cook fresh fish an advantage.


Chinese Sailing Junk for Tall Ships Races and Film Charters

Crew wanted:
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:30 m
Location: China, People's Republic of
Destination: None
Logged in: 3 days ago

MarineXO: 30m Chinese Sailing Junk currently being built in China. Early sea trials mid 2017, Fit out to be completed in 2017/8 with continuing sea trials during 2017/8. Delivery voyage to Hong Kong October / November 2018 (1000NM). Approximately 1 year of shakedown cruises and charters in Hong Kong before sailing to Europe for Tall Ships Races. Need all sorts of competent crew to do sail training and film charters. See for more details and photographs.
Contact me directly with CV
Dr. Wayne Moran


Sailing in New Zealand Waters

Crew wanted: Amateur crew
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:22 m
Location: New Zealand
Destination: Local sailing
Logged in: 4 days ago

malamok: No contributions, sailing lessons, food and accommodation aboard free, but help with maintenance work required. Non-smokers, no vegetarians, male crew only, 18 to 30 years old.


Crew Wanted for Delivery from Madeira to Tenerife

Crew wanted: Delivery Crew
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:33 m
Location: Portugal
Destination: Spain
Logged in: 18 days ago

SailJDL: A fantastic opportunity to join us on our Traditional Wooden Tall Ship. You would be joining us in the shipyard in Canical, Madeira as we are launched back into the water with new antifouling and a new colour to undertake our sail to Tenerife.
Allow 4 days for the trip but you can stay on in Tenerife for a short while. We do not require any experience as we can train you along the way. This is an ideal mile builder in tidal waters, with night hours & will qualify towards your next RYA qualification. Please contact us for information.


Delivery Deckhand for 145-ft, 3-mastered tallship

Crew wanted: Captain/skipper
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:44 m
Location: Belgium
Destination: United Kingdom
Logged in: 28 days ago

EOP: The 145-ft, 3-masted tall ship 'Earl of Pembroke' is seeking a delivery deckhand to assist with the passage from London, Uk to Gloucester , UK.
Departure date is April 17, 2017.
Vessel will cover transportation costs and all food costs while aboard as well as pay a daily wage..
Longer term opportunities could be available for great candidates.
All candidates applying must be in Europe.


Tall Ship Cruise

Crew wanted: Deckhand
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:100 f
Location: Australia
Destination: Local sailing
Logged in: 32 days ago

TallShipSkip: If you've always wanted to sail in a tall ship or looking to develop your tall ship skills - this is your chance. The company SYDNEY HARBOUR TALL SHIPS has three historic sailing ships and a wooden ferry which cruise regularly on Sydney Harbour and occasionally offshore. Our job is to share the excitement and romance of tall ship sailing and the delights of Sydney Harbour with local and international visitors.

We are looking for crew who love working with and serving people. Enthusiastic and willing to learn. Not afraid of heights, since part of the job is 'laying aloft' and furling the sails. The job is multi-faceted and every day is different - excellent customer service is paramount and a high regards for cleanliness. You will be serving food, serving at a bar, sailing the ship and doing some maintenance jobs. You have a friendly nature, are responsibly minded and enjoy the satisfaction of making people happy. Sailing experience is valued but definitely not essential - your willingness to learn is more important.

Non smoking policies apply at Sydney Harbour Tall Ships.

An Australian Holiday Visa or Working Visa are required. Crew are also required to obtain a NSW RSA (Responsible Serving of Alcohol) certificate. This can be obtained online at

If you're considering a maritime career or just looking for adventure and enjoy being part of a friendly community this is a great opportunity for you.

Live-aboard positions are available (with all meals provided) plus $150-$250/week. Please send an application with your CV and photo to Capt James Parbery.


Cook needed for voyage to Scotland

Crew wanted: Chef
Vessel: Tall Ship
Size:30 m
Location: United Kingdom
Destination: Local sailing
Logged in: 106 days ago

Trinity1892: Trinity Sailing Foundation is looking for a cook or chef to sail in our 30m ketch "Leader" for a voyage from Falmouth (Cornwall) to Oban (Scotland) from 22nd May to 2nd June 2017.

This will be a cruise with an absolute maximum of 19 people (all adults) on board (this number includes the crew).

Although we do offer some sail training voyages for children and young people, this trip is ony open to guests aged 18+

If this works out well for all concerned, there are also other opportunities for paid work with us later this season.

Please contact us on 00 44 (0) 1803 88 33 55 or email if you are interested.

Please also feel free to check out our website



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