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Ask/answer questions on the technical aspects of boats and sailing or brain storm your way to a conclusion.

Adria Yacht Support By: AdriaSupport Replies: 1 Views: 3
AdriaSupport Posted: 2017-08-14 17:24
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Looking for Captain and repair all type of engine By: EmilPetrov Replies: 4 Views: 50
EmilPetrov Posted: 2017-04-26 19:02
I can repair every type of outboard engines.I am also captain with more 10 years experience.I can speak and Russian language. My mobile phone is +34612439047.I live in Spain,Vilanova I la Geltru.
EmilPetrov Posted: 2017-04-27 16:38
I can speak Spanish,English,Russian and Bulgerien
EmilPetrov Posted: 2017-04-27 16:38
I can speak Spanish,English,Russian and Bulgerien
AAACL Posted: 2017-08-11 18:10
Do you have procurement experience? Experience within an engineering or manufacturing environment and ability to read plans. If you do, you can work with us from your location as a Procurement Advisor.
a position aboard By: sridharkannayaram Replies: 1 Views: 7
sridharkannayaram Posted: 2017-08-03 09:12
a position aboard a cruising boat - August 2017
i have been travelling and working for the last 20 years or so including US cruise liners and NZ and middle eastern countries.
i am good at silver service ,cocktais and wines and am a good cook who can cook indian and chinese and B/F and fries.looking for
a position as bar tender/steward chef.please refer my CV and contact me.could i get any response for this.
So You Want to Work on a Boat By: BoatEngineer Replies: 1 Views: 22
BoatEngineer Posted: 2017-08-02 04:35
ĎJust wanted to share some news about a book that covers employment on the water. The book is called So You Want to Work on a Boat. It's a practical guide for finding jobs, what to expect on a job, how to keep a job in a tough economy, and more. The book outlines the maritime industry and presents the pros and cons of working as a commercial mariner. It describes the various jobs and titles that arise on inland and ocean-going vessels, as well as the places where applicants should direct their efforts.

The book isnít devoted specifically to any one particular sector of maritime employment. It is more of a general guide, which covers jobs on the water as a wholeÖ including tugboats, ferries, ocean-going cargo vessels, research vessels, cruise ships, fishing vessels, etc. It discusses how to get hired, and provides templates for professional mariner resumes and cover letters.

It discusses how to prepare for the interview process. The book also covers some of the burdensome and costly aspects of entering the field, such as MMCs, TWICs, and STCW certification. It includes lists of employers, including operators of container ships, towing vessels, OSVs, ferries, water taxis, research vessels, cruise ships, and dredging companies. It also covers government employers. A chapter is devoted to practical maritime law for commercial mariners, included the unjust criminalization of seamanship or judgmental errors of professional mariners. It also touches upon laws and legal concepts that are important for commercial mariners to know.

The book also covers educational resources, including maritime academies, community colleges, private institutions and union schools. Since the industry isn't for everyone, the book touches upon employment opportunities within the maritime community that do not require going to sea in the service of a vessel. These areas include shipyards, marine insurance, surveying, maritime security, cargo operations, and more.

One of the good things about the book is that it doesnít act as a cheerleader for pursuing work on commercial vessels, whether offshore supply vessels or container ships. It more or less presents facts and allows readers to make their own decisions. Many veteran mariners today speak of not wanting their kids to follow in their footsteps. Things have changed a lot in the industry. More of the commercial marinersí errors in judgment have become criminalized under more aggressive legislation, meaning that itís easier to go to jail for an error in seamanship than it was in the past.

It also costs more to break into the maritime industry than in the past, with the emergence of new credentialing measures. Still, the industry continues to be a draw for candidates who are willing to take their chances in a difficult industry to embark upon a career path that could someday yield an ocean license or an inland 1600 ton license and the possibility of providing a good standard of living for oneís family. The book also addresses the fact that there are sectors of employment in the maritime industry that do not require going to sea.

Probably the best thing to do is to form oneís own judgments after learning as much as possible. Going to sea can seem enticing, offering the possibilities of attractive wages and adventure, but it isnít for everyone. It can involve a lifestyle that some find too regimented, too lacking in privacy, too void of contact with loved ones, and too expensive to break into. Not everyone who goes to sea finds it exciting, lucrative, and rewarding. Some do and some donít. It can depend on oneís age, attitudes, resilience for new challenges and possibly hardships. It can depend on the good fortune of running across good shipmates, a good ship, and prevailing safety philosophies. Add to that a healthy measure of luck!

The book is featured on and

It is available on Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Createspace -
possible scam? By: tutunui Replies: 3 Views: 53
tutunui Posted: 2017-07-01 08:31

Hi, this lovely yacht seems genuine,
but when you contact the owner the ask for a $2000 security deposit.
is this normal or a scam?
smells like a scam to me with little details about the job and not wanting a skype interview.
i'm not experienced super yacht crew so not 100% sure.
Capt(ret) Posted: 2017-07-18 14:59
I would never ask for a deposit if I was hiring a crew. Perhaps they think your are a client looking for a vacation ?
tutunui Posted: 2017-07-18 16:46
They are a scam. they got thru crewbays radar. but crewbay know now. the scam still runs on here.
Financing a boat By: howardhudson80 Replies: 1 Views: 16
howardhudson80 Posted: 2017-07-18 12:04
I am trying to buy a boat that is used in a business.
Problem is that it is an older boat and I have not been able to find finance.
Turnover 1.4M/yr Asking price 1.5M
sent messages "unread" By: danieleb Replies: 1 Views: 28
danieleb Posted: 2017-07-05 18:20
I would like to know why almost all my sent messages are "unread"
Crewbay profile gender problem By: Linkcaptain Replies: 1 Views: 80
Linkcaptain Posted: 2017-05-12 08:53
Whilst searching for crew I have seen many potential crew who I cannot decide if they are male or female, as female persons have different needs to male persons it would be handy to know crews gender.
Dufour 39 cc By: keith J Replies: 2 Views: 59
keith J
keith J Posted: 2015-12-01 23:57
Im looking to buy a Yacht of around 38 feet, ive seen a Dufour 39 cc advertised at a very resonable prive but a sailing instructor i know says doent buy a Dufour as they are not made very well and i will have proplems with it. Has any-one with any experience of Dufour like to advise, as the Yacht ive seen advertised looks really nice. Keith.
Linkcaptain Posted: 2017-05-12 08:41
Hi Kieth
I bought a DUFOUR 39 G.F. Design from 1991, I have been very impressed with its construction and superb design, I am a design engineer so can appreciate and evaluate these things well, it is much better built in my opinion than BenBav yachts.
Modern DUFOUR seem to be not as strongly built as my yacht and many seem to suffer from rudder and keel troubles almost as much as the BenBav yachts, my advise get a good survey, or have good look at it on the hard and then make your decision.
How to advertise for crew? By: AdrianP Replies: 6 Views: 166
AdrianP Posted: 2016-08-30 16:34
Hi all,

There is no facility (or I can't find one) to advertise for crew. I'm on here looking to crew for people but I now have my own boat which I need assistance moving.

Please advise how I post/list this so people know about the opportunity.


Nordhavn86 Posted: 2016-09-28 02:48
I hang out some at and see many over there looking for a crew spot.
robbieburns45 Posted: 2017-03-21 13:09
Hi Adrian, did you find out how to do this? as i need to advertise for crrw but cannot find where to start.
AdrianP Posted: 2017-03-21 13:20
I created another account as an owner looking for crew. I eventually got a crew member.
robbieburns45 Posted: 2017-03-21 14:21
great thanks
EmilPetrov Posted: 2017-04-26 19:06
Hi Adrian,
I can be part of your crew.
This is my phone number:+34612439047.I live in Vilanova,Barcelona.

Planned maintenance system for yacht By: Jacob_yachtie Replies: 1 Views: 32
Jacob_yachtie Posted: 2017-04-24 04:45
Hi all! I have recently joined a 142ft Christensen and am looking to implement a new planned maintenance system (PMS). Has anyone used this kind of software on here? And if so, any info would be great. Thanks
link for references does not work By: schoonerman22 Replies: 1 Views: 11
schoonerman22 Posted: 2017-04-20 02:59
Hi- I am filling out my profile, and the link for adding a reference does not work. Any fixes?
Change of profile status By: Nairndale Replies: 5 Views: 104
Nairndale Posted: 2016-07-07 21:27
How do you go from crew, to boat owner, wanting crew ?!?!?

crewbaywebmaster Posted: 2016-07-25 17:17
Hi Nairndale

We are redeveloping the site so you can make the change without having to be deleted and re-registered. We are admittedly behind schedule with the new design but better we get it right before going live. I predict testing will start in Sept and live day somewhere in the middle of Oct as long as there's no hitches.


AdrianP Posted: 2016-08-30 16:35
I'm in the same situation.

Should I make a second account as an owner?

crewbaywebmaster Posted: 2016-11-26 20:42
Further developments have pushed the 'live day' to Jan :( I have it confirmed the new site has the ability to have both types of account under one email. Whether that's available straight away... we shall see. Sorry for the delay on all this.
AdrianP Posted: 2017-03-21 13:28
This constantly comes up and is the worst thing about this site. I created a virtually same profile for crew and owner. You just need two email addresses.
Writing a Reference for crew who have been onboard By: Nikaia Replies: 8 Views: 120
Nikaia Posted: 2016-06-29 23:55
Hi there

Does anyone know if you can write references for crew on Crewbay ?

Many thanks
Nordhavn86 Posted: 2016-09-27 05:12
Why not write it up and email it to them?
They can screen shot it and add as a photo on their profile.
And print some off to have paper copies available if needed.
Nikaia Posted: 2016-09-29 04:38
Sounds great but I don't think being drunk on watch is something they would want to advertise.
Nordhavn86 Posted: 2016-09-29 04:48
So not a reference then.
A do not hire them warning.
I have had a few of those the past 20 years myself.
The Hostess stealing from me and others.
Or perhaps the chef caught spitting in the pancake batter.
Nikaia Posted: 2016-09-29 05:00
How can you put a "do not hire" warning on their profile?
I just wanted to warn other boat owners that they are not suitable at sea.
Nordhavn86 Posted: 2016-09-29 07:00
I do not know if you can.
But could put a thread naming him in current boating affairs.
crewbaywebmaster Posted: 2016-10-20 13:16
Hi guys
This will feature in the new site coming soon. The 'live day' date keeps getting pushed back but at the moment is realistically January.
AdrianP Posted: 2017-03-21 13:27
If you wrote something defamatory, you could end up getting sued. Much like writing references for past staff, you cannot write anything which would not get them the job. Currently we can write along the lines "this person worked here from - to", that should give you an idea!

Perhaps like Ebay, a rating system, one to five stars.
Feedback Welcome! By: crewbaywebmaster Replies: 21 Views: 461
crewbaywebmaster Posted: 2012-04-19 19:55
Hello all forum users!

Feel free to update this post with feedback so we can ammend/update Crewbay accordingly.

Crewbay Webmaster
Jules Posted: 2012-05-06 11:55
Hey Crewbay

I think the site is really well designed and functions very well. I am a information designer and don't mind listing a few point (not many!) where I think improvements could be made.


derickderick Posted: 2012-05-07 14:22
Great site! Such an improvement and very usable, keep up the good work ;)
Sailor Sam
Sailor Sam Posted: 2012-05-07 14:27
More Forum topics, but apart from that, can't complain
crew man
crew man Posted: 2012-05-10 21:50
Sent you a friend request on Facebook...
crewbaywebmaster Posted: 2012-06-07 22:14
Sorry Crew Man, excepted! You should follow us on Twitter, we can then keep you up to date wih the most recent boat posts.
takeshi Posted: 2014-03-17 20:15
Dear Crewbay Webmaster,
i get a message (from crewbay to my emailadd on 14.3) that there are a message in my inbox(crewbay) - but the inbox here is empty !???
Could you like to check it please what the matter ?
Thank you very much in advance !
Friendly regards,

P.S. also another message (first week of march) is disappear !???
crewbaywebmaster Posted: 2014-03-31 15:03

Both these emails were spammers that got deleted off the system soon after they were detected. Apologies for the inconvenience.


Deepbluesealife Posted: 2014-06-22 14:28
Fantastic site well done just one small request can a setting for applicants C.V. be applied so only plain text documents are allowed.?
Due to script & macro execution my software will NOT open current DOC nor DOCX types due to anti virus risk.
Germancook Posted: 2014-06-23 10:34
Hi Crewbay Webmaster. My compliments for your forum, however, I am sure you appreciate constrcutive criticism. Only those points need improvement :
1.) In the "Find Crew" and "Find boat" section you should introduce a
'delete" button or at least a "position filled" button. I knwo it is nice for the SEO to have kazillions of entries for any kind of job wanted or offered, but it is annoying to find out that (after having written a CV and spend a long time thinking) the job is long gone. I'e heard from posters, that there is no possibility to change or delete a Job offer, so maybe you could do introduce this. at least the "position filled" option, then the search robots will still pick up the position and rank you in google, but at least a 'searcher" will se right away, that it's a "dud".

2.) An editing and/or delete button for posts in the general forum. After all, some people really have second thoughts and may want to change something after its written. helps the moderators too...sometimes.
crewbaywebmaster Posted: 2014-06-30 13:42
Hi German Cook and Deepbluesealife

Thanks for the feedback, really appreciate it.

1. I will look into the CV query.
2. There's a deactivate account button under the profile menu but I'm the first to admit this isn't communicating the right message. We do indeed need a 'Position filled' button appropriately positions. Crewbay is undergoing complete redevelopment and will certainly incorporate this.
3. We'll also apply the forum edit/delete facility to the new Crewbay

Thanks again

TinaDaren Posted: 2014-08-16 13:42
I miss a reference system, where crew and skippers can give each other references.
TinaDaren Posted: 2014-08-16 16:38
I miss a reference system, where crew and skippers can give each other references.
MarkVW68 Posted: 2015-02-01 22:23
The problem I am having is often when I reply to a crew inquiry, multiple copies of my reply are sent, even though I only hit the send button once. I've had a couple cases when up to 10 copies of the same message were sent. It is quite annoying to the people I respond too. Is there something that can be done to correct this?
SVFluenta Posted: 2015-05-04 02:42
Great site! As a boat owner, I would like to be able to filter on more criteria ( eg location, experience, skills, etc).
Smith Posted: 2015-09-20 15:37
Hi there,
I've been thinking for a long time that I would like Crewbay to have a review system similar to that on all the other websites that introduce strangers online. It's not enough for the Crewbay Webmaster to simply delete the accounts that people report, these days review systems are universally considered to be a necessary safety measure to help users screen out scammers, misinformers, mean people, rapists, serial killers etc.
When I meet a skipper based only on the word of the person who I am meeting I'm putting myself into a very precarious position, and although I love what this site does, I don't like feeling that I have to "chance it" every time I agree to check out a boat.
Couchsurfing and Airbnb have particularly good review systems that are rarely abused, and you could base your system off one of these.
I hope to see some changes soon.
Smith Posted: 2015-09-20 15:39
I agree with TinaDaren. See Crewbay Webmaster, it's not just me ;)
crewbaywebmaster Posted: 2015-11-17 22:46
TinaDaren and Smith - Thank you for the feedback. Sorry for the delayed reply... I'm in talks with our developer to see what can be done. I completely agree with your comments and feel a duty to push this forward. Watch this space!
Smith Posted: 2015-11-18 01:39
That's great to hear Webmaster, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens.
twizzr Posted: 2017-01-15 14:24
Fantastic site I have had a constant flow of enquiries from all over the world .
I think crewbaymaster should try and get more people to respond to questions asked and develop an more active forum as you can see there is alack of replies to questions asked .
cheers bob

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Profile posting as Crew By: VeganSailing Replies: 5 Views: 179
VeganSailing Posted: 2016-06-15 18:55
Can someone help me switch from Boat to Crew available?
crewbaywebmaster Posted: 2016-11-02 15:33
Yep, i can.
Unfortunately you would need to have your account deleted in order to re-reregister as a crew member. we are looking into a way to transfer from one to the other. The fact is all the info that you need to input into the mandatory fields is completely different. I know, it's a pain!

If you'd like to delete your profile, just let me know.

carlo68 Posted: 2017-02-04 23:11
is it ok to open a new account with different username
AdrianP Posted: 2017-03-21 13:23
Why can the database not be updated so the two fields are able to be selected? Surely that would be easier for all involved?

I'm happy to crew for others or have them crew with me.

Room for development I think.
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inexpensive,deckhand/caretaker/skipper available By: carlo68 Replies: 1 Views: 41
carlo68 Posted: 2017-02-05 01:51
hi i am available for work on yacht or power boat ,powerboat prefered,i will clean your boat run engines etc, keep her well maintained and secure, carry out minor repairs, wages dependent on size/ type/ condition of boat, and what i am expected to do check out my profile,cheers carl
Would it be a good idea By: twizzr Replies: 1 Views: 54
twizzr Posted: 2017-01-15 14:18
Would it be a good idea to have a active forum similar to YBW .forums where people could exchange views and ideas ?
hadi2050 By: DrDee Replies: 1 Views: 22
DrDee Posted: 2017-01-10 23:35
You used the word assassinate in your blurb...I know you meant assistant. So you really need to correct spelling.
Travel insurance for crew. By: Crew2go Replies: 1 Views: 78
Crew2go Posted: 2016-12-28 22:42
Does anyone have any recommendations for a good UK based insurance company suitable for crew please. It needs to cover offshore and longer durations.

Any and all info would be greatly appreciated.
Water makers x 2 question By: Nordhavn86 Replies: 2 Views: 95
Nordhavn86 Posted: 2016-09-28 01:54
Since I am not needing the capacity of both water makers.
Is it better to switch daily, run 1 for 2 or 3 days, and switch?
Not supposed to let them sit cor extended periods of time is my understanding.
Any comments welcomed.
Jdh Posted: 2016-12-09 09:53
Maybe think about storing one for backup. I switched to using propylene glycol vs manufacturer supplied chems or powders. Cheap, and importantly, often more widely available if you're traveling aboard. This is the food grade stuff. It's widely used around the world, but make sure you know what you're getting. A well known watermaker company tech guy turned me on to this year's ago. So easy to backflush, store and forget about fouling when babysitting a desal unit becomes a hasssle.
Need Help Sailing By: aaronsaelig Replies: 1 Views: 88
aaronsaelig Posted: 2016-12-01 11:31
I already have some sailing experience but need further instruction what should I do?
new catamaran By: leo123 Replies: 1 Views: 59
leo123 Posted: 2016-11-13 00:45
hi there please can any one help me with some info i am thinking of buying fusion 40 catamaran any info any one own one please i need all the info i can get
julia76 By: julia76 Replies: 1 Views: 71
julia76 Posted: 2016-10-18 10:38


Posted: 2016-10-11 18:33

hi i search a boat to go in mediterannean sea iam on spain now i would like to go in Italia or greece or canarias its my dream to sail thanks
Walker Bay 525 Tenders By: Nordhavn86 Replies: 1 Views: 33
Nordhavn86 Posted: 2016-09-29 23:13
Anyone have hands on experience with the Walker bay RIBs?
If so feedback is appreciated.
how much experience is needed? By: Zakariao Replies: 2 Views: 336
Zakariao Posted: 2015-07-06 16:05
I am new to sailing and Crewbay. I registered in hopes of an adventurous way to get to America from South Africa. Afyter reading some of the forum threads and other online feedback it seems that if I don't have experience, being chosen for a crew is not likely. Is this true?
Also, if I am chosen, how likely is it that my friend who is also registered on Crewbay will be selected for the same crew (we want to travel together(?
Nordhavn86 Posted: 2016-09-27 05:20
A few will take on one or possibly two rookies.
The challenge is having enough experienced crew to train them, and get their work completed also.
Inexperienced crew can also become homesick, seasick, no sea levs, and find it hard to share confined spaces with relative strangers.
So taking on a rookie is a challenge and a half.
Which harbour in east coast OZ to Pacific Island By: nadiaandpascal Replies: 3 Views: 97
nadiaandpascal Posted: 2014-06-09 07:07
Hello everybody,

I try to find a yacht, private boat from east coast of Australia for the Pacific Island.
Which harbor, or marina can you recommend me ? From where live people ???

Yottie Posted: 2014-11-05 04:48
Hi Any port Sydney up wards would be ok Coffs Harbour, Brisbane, Malloolabah Cairns you could also try and get to 'Darwin as they run a cruising rally to Indonesian but that leaves in July, I suggest that you put a note on the information boards of as many yacht clubs as possible also try the internet sites for crew wanted. I hope that helps

Bluewater Gypsy
Bluewater Gypsy Posted: 2016-08-30 17:19
Time of year is the most important. As the other reply said. Try all the crew web sites. It is not always easy for a couple to walk down a dock and get on a yacht as crew. I have gotten on boats in both Brisbane and Melbourne after answering ads on
Australia to South Pacific is a very hard passage and not for beginners.
Any legal permits required By: Kevin Newe Replies: 2 Views: 170
Kevin Newe
Kevin Newe Posted: 2015-04-30 23:28
I am a British boat owner my boat is recorded on the Small Ships Register. I have had several friends join me on my cruise around the Med. All of them have been ciitizens of the EU. I have now had a request from a Non-EU citizen living in eastern Europe . Apart from their passport is there any other documentation or Visa required by the Immigratioin authorities..Thank you in anticipation
Kevin on MINUET
Prosailor Posted: 2016-07-25 14:09
Without beeing specific - most non EU countries require a Schengen Visa, If you know the country just google EU Visa requirements (Countryname) will give you enough info.
Newbuilding supervision / Dry Dock supervision By: cocacolamagan Replies: 2 Views: 72
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cocacolamagan Posted: 2016-06-30 09:16
sailing in South East Asia - need info on winds By: noemie_gaetan Replies: 10 Views: 192
noemie_gaetan Posted: 2013-05-16 08:10
Hello everybody!

we are new on Crewbay and new in sailing. We are traveling by land now, but plan to find boat to keep on going and learn sailing.

We are now in China and will arrive in South East Asia in max. on month. We are very flexible on which country to go, our only question is when are the seasons and where are the winds blowing.

We already looked on internet but found contradictory informations.

Our dream would be to leave between Vietman and Malaysia toward East, as far as possible. Philippine is a nice goal for us. But we are quite flexible about destination as our aim is to lear sailing and discover the life on sea.

After that we'd like or 1) keep on going east to cross the Pacific to Alaska or 2) go back West and cross the indian Ocean to Africa.

Could somebody tell us what would be the wind seasons to do these trips. And if those adventures would be possible?

fair winds,
NoŽmie and GaŽtan

ps : crew available ;)
Germancook Posted: 2014-03-04 02:18
Although more complicated(as you noted in your Internet Research), you have 2 general Windsystems in SEA.

Here is a very simple "landlubber" explanation: (for China Sea and Philippines):

The SW monsoon blows from October til March (+/- a month)
The NE Monsoon blows from May to October. (+/- a month)
In between you have some transition period with no winds to wind from anywhere(an lots of Thunderstorms).

But what is more important than the Seasonal winds are the dreaded Typhoons. They (can) blow all year round with a theoretical "High Season" between June and November. This does NOT mean, there are no Typhoons in other months. Specially in the weird weater pattern caused by Global warming.

Pacific to Alaska- you need (expensive) Cold Weather gear.
Indian Ocan to Africa - Where in Africa ?
neddy Posted: 2014-03-05 03:41
If ou go to you can download wind charts for the world
Ralkite1 Posted: 2015-03-23 02:48
Your first thoughts of destinations are pretty extreme.
ketch05 Posted: 2015-12-22 06:22
I'm afraid you got the monsoon pattern the wrong way around....
ketch05 Posted: 2015-12-22 06:28
I'm afraid you got the monsoon pattern the wrong way around....
Germancook Posted: 2015-12-22 06:45
My apologies, don't know how that happened, I actually live here with this weather... (surprisingly nobody noticed it before)
However, it won't matter much in this topic which is pretty much obsolete from the start on.
ketch05 Posted: 2015-12-22 06:51
No worries, a PM to follow...
ketch05 Posted: 2015-12-22 06:51
No worries, a PM to follow...
sailing in south east Asia By: Seawolf94 Replies: 4 Views: 71
Seawolf94 Posted: 2016-01-28 06:41
Hi there,
I'm gonna sailing from Cairns to South east Asia (Indonesia/Phillipines/Vietnam/Brunei) and I wanted to know if there is any risk because I heard that there is a lot of dangerous place around there and as a novice in sailing I have absolutely no idea.

Winds of Trade
Winds of Trade Posted: 2016-04-26 19:29
Borneo, Indonesia and South Philipines risk of Piracy and Kidnapping for ransom. The militant terrorist Islamic Abu Sayyaf group active in the area is estimated to held around 20 sailors including crew of 4 foreign yachts.
Bjdrawh Posted: 2016-05-23 05:24
In the southern island of philipines ,there are bad areas they just killed 2 from a resort ,that was near davao area ,they said they would kill the other 3 next ,,that was just this mounth
ketch05 Posted: 2016-06-19 10:13
10 years of sailing in Asia highlighted a few areas which might be of interest to your plans. The southwestern end of Mindanao, Philippines is to be avoided. This is where the Abu Sayaff group dwell, a bunch of really nasty bandits making a living on ransoning whoever happen to be sailing around. Having said that the vast majority of Yachties daring to sail across make it safely.
Forget about Vietnam, the widespread corruption will make it a very expensive and frustrating experience. Indonesia is safe as long as you have your paperwork set the right way. Brunei is pure boredom unless you need cheap diesel and it may have changed by now.
Try Malaysia, it is a much better plan.
Fair winds,
couple team work Captain/ engineer stew/engineer By: RaulJohanna Replies: 1 Views: 42
RaulJohanna Posted: 2016-05-17 15:40
Dear Sir/Madame,

Please accept our cv for your consideration as a couple team.

We are licensed, experienced, hard working and safety conscious couple available for freelance, short term or long term positions as a team.

MCA 200 Offshore
Two years experience sailing single handed in the Bahamas/Caribbean/US
12 years working on motor yachts doing charter and private with extensive cruising in the Caribbean and Bahamas
Strong engineering skills
Flexibility is our specialty
Johanna has 2 years on a motor yacht with skills in egineering/watch/chef/deck/stew
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Basic Russian
Last position in Turkey/Greece as a captain/engineer, First mate/2nd engineer/Chef team on a 6o ft Catamaran.
Currently In South of France.

Flexibility is our specialty.

Thank you in advance,

Raul Valdivia & Johanna Edieux

WhatsApp +33 7 83 58 36 78

Mobile: +337 83 59 38 83

Looking for my first Skipper ./ crew position! By: baron210 Replies: 1 Views: 97
baron210 Posted: 2016-05-15 10:54
Hi All,

I'm new to the forum, but not to power boating, and I was lucky enough to be working on IT support recently at Premier Marinas for Clipper Yachts.
I used to wish (since being laid off from IT assembly and testing work for the MOD) that I had a more "on the water" orientated career, I did my RYA PB2 ticket and am now considering (well I've booked) the commercial endorsement courses so i can hopefully gain a career at Sea.
I also hold an SRC DSC and I would love to gain a skipper position. I also would consider anything crew based, I have electronics skills and used to also be a commercial vehicle paint sprayer, sand mechanical knowledge too. Best for now, please see my linkedin profile, I also have created this one - My linkedin - and my website -

Because I'm not currently working, I am prepared to go anywhere and take anything at short notice at the moment, I would love any one to offer me a starting point or any tips please to get me rolling onwards.

Martin (Portchester) north of Portsmouth.
chartplotter/ais installation By: Replies: 2 Views: 53 Posted: 2016-04-21 21:17
hi I need to install a chart plotter and an ais unit how easy is it
Ed_P Posted: 2016-04-26 15:52

What sort of chart plotter have you bought? I recently helped my dad install the Simrad G07 and it was not really straightforward!

If you feel confident in doing this yourself, then I would say it is possible to buy and install a stand alone black box and then wire it yourself; if you don't feel confident in doing this, then I would look at hiring someone to do it for you. However, doing it this way does allow you to have a wider choice and save a bit of money...let me know if you need any help or advice - happy to help.

Ferrying by sailboat? By: HotJoanna Replies: 2 Views: 61
HotJoanna Posted: 2016-04-16 00:43
I will say ferrying by sail more than hitchhiking because I want more than nipping from A to B. What I would like is to experience sail on a small vessel across the Atlantic from the UK to the Caribbean or South America.

What are the chances of this if I pay for transit, help with duties like cooking and childcare (I mean sailors must take families), provide company and so on? Mmm?

I'm not a professional sailor and I'm not asking for no lessons, but I hope to help and know not to get in the bloody way.
HotJoanna Posted: 2016-04-16 00:46
Oh I know about the sea enough, for example, I checked that the most dangerous part of the voyage is Biscay, despite people's expectations.

Add to that I'm a nature nerd and I love all kinds of folklore and myth, I should be tolerable company, no?
Crew available from Martinique to south or central america ! By: Julien50 Replies: 1 Views: 24
Julien50 Posted: 2016-03-23 18:29

My name is Julien I come from normandia ( france )and i m 26. I make a world tour by hitchiking since the 8 october 2014, and after a transatlantic of 25 days and 2 month in Martinique, i m looking for a boat to join south america or central america .

I m with a friend (Fred 28 years old, marsella france ) who want to discover south america†discover Dojos and climbing spots !

We are easy going, positive and open minded. During the transatlantic we learned how to sail in every condition.

Here a video of our transatlantic :

At the moment in 3 ilets we can move any time to exchange around a cold beer† !!

You can discover our project here : ( website in french but subtitle in english on the video ! )


And here† :†

Our facebook page:

My instagram: Tchouovertheworld

Contact† :† /
Or facebook† : Tchou Ttchouu / artun fiedritch

See you soon !

Fred and Julien !
Getting back on a ship after 14 years By: mickeywelldone Replies: 1 Views: 42
mickeywelldone Posted: 2016-01-29 13:52
Hi Everyone....I am a Hungarian guy living in the UK....once I used to work on cruise ships( 3 contracts with CCL )...I left to establish a family where I got off the road...divorced....I always loved and enjoyed the one of a kind society that was onboard, and still pursuing the dream to get back, but even though I got an extensive experience in customer service and I got the skills and genuine motivation, it looks a hard job to get another job it my age (42) or I'm just not applying properly?....
I know for sure....I want that pace and the environment I once fell in love with, I am able to do whatever it takes to get back.
If you think you could help me with a piece of advice or even a slight tip, I would really appreciate it....please guys....just a tip to break the ice!
How to search for crew with a given name By: tomdemott Replies: 2 Views: 103
tomdemott Posted: 2015-12-23 01:55
A crew sent me his login name so that I could find his profile. But I'm not sure how to go about searching on your website for this characteristic. Any suggestions?
crewbaywebmaster Posted: 2016-01-26 10:21
Hi there

You simply press 'Find Crew' and then (in the search engine) type the username and 'Search'. One other thing, I would change your username to something other than your email. For the sake of your own security. I recommend all communication stay within Crewbay. To change your username click the profile menu and click 'Edit personal settings' then scroll down to the section for changing your username.

Hope that all helps


Sailing from Perth, Australia to Asia By: Jinkao Replies: 3 Views: 50
Jinkao Posted: 2015-12-30 01:09

I am wondering if it is a good timing in the year to leave Australia, (espacially from the west coast where I am at the moment) to Asia ? I cannot see much offers on crewbay...

Do I have any chance to find a position on a boat ? I am beginner sailer but harworking and willing to learn as much as I can !

Alternatively what are popular routes in Asia and Australia around february ?

Happy New Year !

ketch05 Posted: 2016-01-02 07:17
I though this forum was about technical help?
AussieBarnacle Posted: 2016-01-24 02:02
Because of cyclone season up top end of Australia from about Nov to March it not a good idea to go.
to find work if u are couple By: leshkabar Replies: 2 Views: 168
leshkabar Posted: 2015-01-25 21:57
hi im 35 years old and started my career prety long time ago working in the bars and some different places on ships, but few years ago meet a girl she is 30 now.
so the question is - i have always worked on the ships but not yachts and now trying to find job for couple on yacht because im not interesting to do a big ships any more (had managed to invest some money for future)) and now interesting to have a good time and adventure , so is it big diference betwen work on ships or work on yachts?
Viedeau Posted: 2015-12-23 01:32
I just took a couple from Lewes DE to cape Canaveral FL. They shared expenses. They ha been doing that since March and this was Oct until November. They are averaging 1000 $/month. I plan to live aboard starting October 2016 at about 1500/month for myself and will always be looking for shared crew
The best foul weather gear for the money is By: Jiggy Replies: 2 Views: 96
Jiggy Posted: 2015-12-15 16:32
Foolishly I've ruined my rain gear by inapprriate long term storage, and now need to buy. I'd love people to come in with their opinion on "best gear for the money". Or even "worst gear for the money" and why
Germancook Posted: 2015-12-22 06:49
A bit off the main track, but I use motorbike gear since years. Which cost a fraction of the "sailor gear", maybe because they still consider us millionaires. As I saw on my latest visit in China, the manufacturers are pretty much the same, as well as the material and gear.
I usually have a good jacket/pant set for 200 $ and a 99$ rain overall which is now 12 years old and good as new aside from the faded color.
Worth looking in those stores also.
How to make your info available as a delivery captain By: Captain Jim Rossman Replies: 2 Views: 100
Captain Jim Rossman
Captain Jim Rossman Posted: 2015-11-17 18:56
I've made a profile but can't seem to find my information. I was doing this under the understanding that those who needed a delivery captain could find our information and contact us.

What am I missing?
crewbaywebmaster Posted: 2015-11-17 22:40
Just sent you an email with instructions - pls check

In a nutshell - you've registered as a forum user and not a crew member or someone looking for crew. Simply login > click 'Place advert' > follow onscreen instructions.

Hope this helps
Looking for a new job By: sangalanglean Replies: 1 Views: 120
sangalanglean Posted: 2015-11-10 11:02
Hi everyone, i am leandro sangalang from philippines looking for a new job abroad, i am a marine mechanic and already travel philippines to australia by a yacht 60 footer and been working as engine mechanic/lighterage maintenance technician on a ship of US Navy but im now in vacation want to try new job hopefully i can go back to a yacht as marine mechanic again,
looking for a new job By: sangalanglean Replies: 1 Views: 43
sangalanglean Posted: 2015-11-10 10:54
marine mechanic
Crews By: FEROX CONG Replies: 1 Views: 162
FEROX CONG Posted: 2015-10-28 17:48
What is the difference between amateur and recreational crews ?
CrewBay Burgee By: cdburt Replies: 4 Views: 117
cdburt Posted: 2015-05-17 02:06
Does CrewBay have a burgee. I would be proud to fly it when I have CrewBay members aboard.
crewbaywebmaster Posted: 2015-06-15 09:02
Hi there

Apologies for delayed reply!! We can always get some made. Its very kind of you, we really appreciate the sentiment.I'll look into it and contact you via your email.


Vidas Posted: 2015-08-15 12:04
I' d happily purchase one and fly it also
Vidas Posted: 2015-10-03 11:36
Did you ever get any made?
New By: mtilley92 Replies: 1 Views: 60
mtilley92 Posted: 2015-09-24 12:42
I really want to travel and willing to work for my share. How do I get started in a career
Air leak Yanmar fuel oil filter- 3GM30F By: gudjbahl Replies: 4 Views: 114
gudjbahl Posted: 2014-09-11 12:39
I have an air leak in the fuel line on a Yanmar 3GM30 fresh water cooled engine. I think that I have traced it to a screw on the top of the secondary fuel oil filter. The screw is behind the bleed screw and goes into a plastic/nylon thread on the filter which seems to be threaded. Am I on the right track?
Ralkite1 Posted: 2015-03-23 04:16
If you can pressurise the system then an air leak in will turn into a fuel or air leak out which is easier to spot. Posted: 2015-06-19 23:02
I agree with Ralkite
You can purchase a small 12v electrical fuel pump that you can place in the fuel line as near to your suspected leak,
This pump will pressurise your fuel line of which should show the leak, make sure all is dry before so that any leak is easily spotted
ScooterWest Posted: 2015-07-07 19:10
I once traced an "air leak" on an older Westerbeke where bubbles were obvious in the Raycor fuel filter. No liquid leaks were observable. Owner replaced pump, next step was new Raycor. As a test, I bypassed the original gate valve (used when servicing filter) and bubbles immediately disappeared -- fuel flow turbulence at the gate valve was causing cavitation in the fuel, which pulled entrained gas from the diesel which made enough bubbles to affect the engine.
Winter sailing from Portugal to the Canarys By: keith J Replies: 1 Views: 58
keith J
keith J Posted: 2015-06-19 23:56
Im thinking of sailing from Lisbon Portugal to the Canaries around October or November, does anyone know what kind of wind and weather conditions im likely to come across. Keith.
How do i change a Spanish registered boat to the UK SSR By: keith J Replies: 3 Views: 72
keith J
keith J Posted: 2015-05-31 00:19
Im thinking of buying a Spanish owned and registered boat and would want to change the country of registration to the UK ssr, how do i go about this and is it a difficult process ?. Posted: 2015-06-19 22:48
you can register the boat online on the small ships register (ssr) for a small fee
Confirm with the Spanish owners that they have removed the vessel of the Spanish register.
Note vat may be charged if proof of vat is not given and this is usually charged in the country of purchase and exchange of contracts.
there are some exemption in the uk if it is commercially operated and over 15 ton or if privately purchased as a pleasure yacht there is some exemptions for older yachts purchased.
to register the vessel on the uk register to need to be resident in the uk or have your fixed abode in the uk.

keith J
keith J Posted: 2015-06-19 23:50
Thanks for the good information, kind regards Keith.
Distance Training By: Gizzmo77 Replies: 1 Views: 106
Gizzmo77 Posted: 2015-04-07 08:49
Can anyone recommend from their own experience a good distance on-line training company. I reside in the uk and want to do Essential Seamanship and Navigation. Also has anyone completed traing with Blue Oyster in Spain. Any information would be appreciated.

Eddie Grice
Google Earth for Navigation By: neddy Replies: 12 Views: 404
neddy Posted: 2013-04-09 01:29
Are you using Google Earth where your charts are not correct? Do you know that you do not have to on the net to use GE for Navigation. Just zoom in on where you are going before you leave home, turn of Internet and you have saved GE location on your computer and can use it when you arrive. It will stay until you go on the net and open GE again.
Duncan Garratt
Duncan Garratt Posted: 2013-06-24 11:31
I would not recommend using Google Earth for navigation even if the map tiles are saved to hard disk. Thatís a recipe for disaster! A good navigator running on a GPS tablet backed up by paper passage charts should be a bare minimum.
billymeshum Posted: 2014-01-29 17:58
Agree with you there duncan 100% should always up to date position on paper chart ,as i was taught if you dont know where you are you dont know where your going
neddy Posted: 2014-02-16 04:34
If you useww GE2KAP you can make charts out of GE pictures, very correct.
neddy Posted: 2014-02-16 04:36
If you useww GE2KAP you can make charts out of GE pictures, very correct.
neddy Posted: 2014-02-16 04:36
If you useww GE2KAP you can make charts out of GE pictures, very correct.
Germancook Posted: 2014-03-04 02:21
"making Charts" out of satelite pictures may work for a car, but on a ship the hazard comes from UNDER the water, which is not visible on sat pics. One always needs paper charts.
neddy Posted: 2014-03-05 03:39
That i why you use both charts and sat pictures. I sail in arias where he charts are not correct but Goole earth picture are as correct as I have ever seen. Also GE give you plenty more anchorage you would not see on charts, this is all from 25 years crusing experiens sailing SW Pacific
neddy Posted: 2014-03-05 03:40
That i why you use both charts and sat pictures. I sail in arias where he charts are not correct but Goole earth picture are as correct as I have ever seen. Also GE give you plenty more anchorage you would not see on charts, this is all from 25 years crusing experiens sailing SW Pacific
Germancook Posted: 2014-06-16 15:22
Well, you should have mentioned, that you are having/using a chart (even incorrect) and use Google earth then for comparison.
That of course is a fine (although not new) idea.

Here is a download for the program stuff one needs to do so:

The program can switch between original electronic chart, which is a scanned paper one often, and google earth image and create a new one.
One still should have paper charts aboard, and also work with them. On yachts power is simply not reliable enough to run the laptops etc. (not to mention that laptops are not compatible with Yachts)

Even the commercial marine, which has high end triple backed up navigational equipment still runs paper charts on the side (every hour entry work).

And to be honest, I don't believe that the modern "xbox" yachtie generation have developed the sixth sense which often saved lives. Thus can only be learned by constant observation of tidal stream, currents, drift and even astro navigation. One educates his other senses this way. But maybe I am too old fashioned. :-)
Although I use astro navigation calculators and GPS also since ages.

Best is probably to use all available means and not to trust only one source.

Ralkite1 Posted: 2015-03-23 02:43
It always pays to remember that GE pics can be a few years out of date and sometimes cloud effected. If shifting sandbars and the like are a possibility then paper charts maybe more recent.
I'm a chartplotter/GPS/charts guy that likes the added perspective of GE pics for planning. Don't believe anything till you have seen it with own eyes, or not hit it.
neddy Posted: 2015-03-28 07:47
I hear out all. Have first hand use of GE pictures in PNG and up there they are spot on, but nothing as good as your eyes coming into and anchorage. Will say GE have given me more anchorage as nth charts are not that detailed in many places.
Passports By: vickilee Replies: 2 Views: 218
vickilee Posted: 2014-07-15 16:20
Hi, I'm new on here and have been offered a crewing position. I have been asked to send a copy of my passport... Is this normal? Just want to be safe.
SY Voya
SY Voya Posted: 2015-03-01 23:30
Absolutely normal, as a skipper you are responsible for any crew you bring into a country so need to be sure their documentation is OK. If not, and they are refused admission the skipper is responsible for the cost of repatriating them and any other expenses involved. I generally ask crew to place a ticket or cost of flights in the ships safe if they are not returning to there home country as well (unless I expect to pay for transport home for them)
Mooring in Hawaii - any advice please? By: SY Voya Replies: 1 Views: 104
SY Voya
SY Voya Posted: 2015-03-01 21:56
Hi, need to find a berth in Hawaii from about Sept 2015 to spring 2016 where I can leave a 35ft boat. Not bothered about services just safety & security as I will only be on board for Christmas and will go out cruising. I have seen stuff about the government habours which seem s good but having problems finding out how to book and if they are available to transient boats. Anyone been there and used them?
Inbox? By: Susannah Replies: 1 Views: 92
Susannah Posted: 2015-03-01 01:32
OK, so I may be REALLY thick and it's staring me in the face.... but where can I see messages sent by me and to me? I had an e-mail saying I have received a message, clicked through the link and it just took me to the homepage. #Confused
messages By: leshkabar Replies: 1 Views: 81
leshkabar Posted: 2015-02-11 11:05
messages stays unread status, does any one actualy read them? (who posts them)
Website filters By: jullz Replies: 3 Views: 66
jullz Posted: 2015-01-08 07:47
Is there a place on this website we can filter Location AND Destination?
sailho20 Posted: 2015-01-14 23:14
at the top left select

find CREW find BOAT

then choose location and position
jullz Posted: 2015-01-15 06:33
I want to filter in the same search location AND destination. For exemple: I wanna see only boats leaving USA going to Australia.
Visa requirements By: Sonja D Replies: 1 Views: 191
Sonja D
Sonja D Posted: 2015-01-03 22:00
Hi, I have an Australian passport and am looking for crew work in the Med this summer. So far as I understand I don't need a work visa for crew work but please set me straight if I have this wrong. I have STCW, ENG 1 and B1B2. What about visas for working on riverboats in Europe? Thanks.
Visa requirements By: Sonja D Replies: 1 Views: 138
Sonja D
Sonja D Posted: 2015-01-03 21:59
Hi, I have an Australian passport and am looking for crew work in the Med this summer. So far as I understand I don't need a work visa for crew work but please set me straight if I have this wrong. I have STCW, ENG 1 and B1B2. What about visas for working on riverboats in Europe? Thanks.
Yacht surveyor in the Philippines By: ketch05 Replies: 1 Views: 70
ketch05 Posted: 2014-12-18 13:35
Would anybody know a Yacht surveyor for insurance purpose in the Philippines.
Fair winds,
Crop default pictures in iOS By: Curlew36 Replies: 2 Views: 101
Curlew36 Posted: 2014-06-08 12:31
I find it impossible to crop the default pic on my ipad. It works a bit sometimes. I had to boot my Linux box to do the trick. Do you need to optimise the site for mobile use? The response to my ad has been great and this is the only criticism I have.
crewbaywebmaster Posted: 2014-10-25 22:47
Hi Curlew36

Yep we've heard about this Ipad bug. We're currently doing a revamp which admittedly is well over due put watch this space!


Amateur crew situations By: kolya Replies: 3 Views: 786
kolya Posted: 2013-10-06 17:35
Hi all

I'm new here, and am searching without any rush a good opportunity to spend sometime on a boat while i travel the world, starting in early new year 2014 sometime, and have had a look at some of the vacancies/opprtunities here on crewbay. My experience is very limited, having only done boating in my teens, but have grown up by the mediterranean and although I am 43, I am very fit and well skilled in many areas.

I'm applying for something like recreational crew, competent crew, amateur crew positions and would like to know really what i should expect, what I really SHOULD know and here's the most important question - are the positions available SAFE? I see people with 45-65 foot boats, wanting to travel accross the Atlantic and similar, which sounds fantastic and exciting, but I'm not naive - am I aiming too high or can i expect to be with a good learning opportunity? Should i be asking for evidence of sailing certificates and how many hours sailing, Yachtmaster qualifications, etc? I am considering getting what ever qualification/s I can get in the next 3-6 months to help me.

Many thanks, Nik
Germancook Posted: 2014-03-04 02:30
:-) - of course you could ask all those questions, but if you ask too much, you may be considered a 'nuisnace" and not taken aboard. Usually a boat owner who travels across Oceans will keep his Yacht in good shape and also has enough experience to undertake the voyage and bear the responsibility for his crew. There are "manics" and 'dreamers" also, but you will quickly filter them out after your first correspondence.
On your own "applications". I strongly suggest you get at least the basic knowledge of safety at Sea, there are (sometimes) free courses of Safety at Sea or better SOLAS STCW95 Basic Safety Training. Then "apply" as unpaid amateur crew willing to learn. Good Luck.
Sear Posted: 2014-06-01 15:44
Thank you for sharing these valuable questions.
Looking for adventure By: Mephy Replies: 1 Views: 341
Mephy Posted: 2014-02-10 21:21
Hi there.

I'm new to this site so hi everyone:) I'm 39 former chef and am currently working in uk, but would like the opportunity to travel the world or just a bit of it and see what I've missed, I love adventure, am hard working and learn quick, I'd really like paid work but I'm open to offers, I would love to get some experience on board any type of vessel, I'm amateur crew I guess, I've never boated only the odd recreational fishing day, il be free March April and would love to sail and see the world, I don't mind traveling to meet up with the boat, oh what would I need do I need visas to work on a boat? Depending on the country I start off in, thanks for reading this post, and if anyone would like more info or can offer advice I would greatly appreciate it, happy and safe sailing,
Legal advice and responsibilities? By: captainbill Replies: 2 Views: 476
captainbill Posted: 2012-06-30 13:59
Hi all

I'm going to be delivering a boat for a friend as a favor. I have crew to help whom I'm paying a small amount... I wan't to make sure I cover all basis and don't want to miss anything that I should have done before we set sail in terms of legal stuff.

The passage is from Bristol to Gibralter, I'm qualified for this passage and the owner will be aboard. Any help would be welcome :)

Thanks in advance

Duncan Garratt
Duncan Garratt Posted: 2013-06-24 11:24
It all depends if you are the master of the vessel and where the vessel is registered. If you are the master then you are responsible for the safety of the vessel and all onboard. In that respect the vessel must be sound and meet all relevant safety requirements and crewing requirements including vessel safety certification and crew qualifications if the vessel is working commercially which includes sailing charters bareboat and crewed. Vessels under 24 meters that are not working commercially in the UK are classed as private and can be crewed by anyone and the vessel doesnít have to undergo safety certification. I would always recommend for a private vessel undertaking a passage of any length, that all the crew as a minimum have passed basic sea survival and at least one preferably two have a VHF ticket, first aid ticket and hold a navigational qualification such as a yacht masters ticket. As skipper of a private vessel the skipper still has a duty of care from a legal perspective. Vessels over 24 meters are treated as commercial even if there use is private and therefore have to have vessel safety certification and crewing qualification.

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