Charleston – Washington, D.C. – Philadelphia – New York
Candide and I are currently in Charleston, South Carolina. A major repair is being completed on the port-side chainplates which is expected to be finished by the second week of April. Once this repair has been completed, I hope to set sail as follows:
Leg 1 – Charleston, S.C., to Washington, D.C. Most likely route is outside (i.e., Atlantic Ocean) from Charleston to Beaufort, NC. A decision will be made to go around Cape Hatteras (outside, if weather is very favorable) or inside. In either case, eventually get to the Chesapeake, Potomac River, and then Washington. I plan to spend at least 3-4 weeks visiting museums and all that D.C. has to offer.
Leg 2 – Washington, D.C. To Philadelphia, PA. Plan to take the Potomac to the Chesapeake, head north through the C&D Canal, up the Delaware and to Philadelphia. I have family in the city, and plan to spend a couple of weeks in this area.
Leg 3 – Philadelphia, PA to New York City. Plan to take the Delaware south, through Delaware Bay, and either take the ICW or go outside to New York City. Plan to stay for at least a month, checking out the city.
That’s the plan. There is really no timetable for this trip, other than a start date of early May to leave Charleston. For once, I have the luxury of time on my side…so we’ll be hopping from port to port only with favorable weather conditions and all boat systems fully functioning. If there are less than favorable conditions…we’ll stay put until conditions improve.
I am looking for one or two people to join me in sailing the boat from one port to another. The first leg is from Charleston, South Carlina to Washington, D.C. I’m looking for crew to help sail the boat, enjoy Washington for a few days while living on the boat, and then return to their regular lives. When I’ve been in D.C. for a while, I’ll be looking for crew to help sail the boat on the next leg.
Here are some guidelines for what I have in mind crew-wise:
- Flexibility. This voyage is meant to be enjoyable. I am not hell-bent on getting to any particular destination in any pre-determined amount of time. In general, I want to head from Charleston to Washington to Philadelphia to New York starting in early May. I plan to stay at anchor quite a bit (and sometimes marinas), and enjoy the area in which we happen to be. I do not plan on sailing if the seas are very rough, the wind is blowing too hard, or if the dolphins go on the attack again. I need crew with a flexible schedule.
- Physically Fit. Even under the best conditions, sailing is physically demanding. I need crew who can help set the sails, pull up the anchor (yes, Candide has a windless, but there’s still work involved), help get the dinghy on and off the deck, stay awake during their watch, etc.
- Boating Experience. I have taken inexperienced crew on voyages in the past. Generally, this causes a lot more work and anxiety on my part. I’m not saying that I won’t consider inexperienced crew…but I’d definitely like to find people with some navigation, boat-handling, and sailing experience.
I have sailed Candide all over Florida, the Dry Tortugas, northern Bahamas, and Cuba. I have approximately 4,000 nautical miles under my keel. Some of my sailing adventures have been posted on YouTube; just look for my user name “DotyRS”. These videos should also give you an idea about my personality.
Professionally, I work in international sales. I have the luxury of working from home with extremely flexible hours…all I need is a cell phone, internet connection, and an airport nearby to do my job. I will most definitely be working on this voyage; spending a lot of time on the phone and internet doing my job during the week. I hope to do most of the off-shore passages on the weekends or when I can schedule the appropriate time away from my day job.
Candide is well-appointed and has all the creature comforts that make a comfortable home including:
- Hot and cold running water
- 5.5 kw diesel generator
- Ice maker (33 lbs./day)
- Gas oven with 3-burner range
- Gas BBQ grill
- 22,000 BTU air conditioner / heater
- 2 private sleeping quarters
- 1 head with shower and toilet
- Robust entertainment center (large flat screen, surround sound, 400+ movies)
- Refrigerator and freezer
- Mobile / wireless internet (WiFi, 3G, and 4G)
- 2 full-size, folding bicycles
- 2000 Watt inverter
- 12V, 645 Amp Hour house bank batteries
Not only does the boat have these creature comforts…ALL of them actually work!!! 😉
By well-appointed, I mean that the boat has the following:
- Cutter rigging (one mast; jib, stay, and main sails)
- 39-HP Yanmar diesel
- Hydraulic ram autopilot
- 100 gallon water capacity
- 90 gallon fuel capacity (diesel)
- 6 gallon hot water capacity
- 5 bilge pumps (three installed, two backups)
- EPIRB satellite emergency transponder
- Digital Windspeed / Direction indicator
- Depth Sounder
- GPS / Color Chartplotter
- CQR and Plow anchors
- Electric anchor windless
- 10′ RIB dinghy with 8 HP outboard
That’s about it! If you’re interested in joining as crew for any leg(s), please send an e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give details on your boating experience, availability, and personal situation.