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5.0 out of 5 stars What the magazines don't tell you..., 27 April 2003
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This review is from: The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Oceans: Crewing Around the World (Paperback)
Do you have dreams of giving up your 'going nowhere' job, opting out and cruising round the world...Of sitting on the deck of a yacht on a warm summer evening, sipping wine and watching the sun dip lower on the horizon as you plan that wonderful days sailing tomorrow to that sheltered bay along the coast, where you'll swim in warm clear waters and sit on the beach cooking those fish you caught? Are those your dreams? Prepare to have them shattered!
This book will tell you what to expect about the realities of crewing someone else's yacht. It tells you what you need in terms of mental & physical preparation, what qualifications & experience you will require, the financial outlay you will need before even thinking of crewing a yacht for the first time, especially if you are considering going to foreign ports outside the EU, and the problems you can expect before getting your first job.
The work can be hard but rewarding. You're not there just to pull on a rope or hold the tiller; there's meals to be cooked, heads to be cleaned, night watches and emergency situations. It's a 24 hour day, baths or showers are infrequent, you may not be allowed to smoke or drink on board and as for time off - what time off? The work is generally unpaid and often you have to pay them - so don't give up that boring job yet.
If you want the truth about crewing your way around the world (it's not all bad news), but also sound advice and good information from someone with a great deal of experience on how to find a crew position, where to be and at what time of year the best positions are available, how & where to contact skippers & agencies by telephone & the Internet and how to maximise YOUR chances of being picked ahead of the other guy, then this book is for you.
If you want to sit at home (or at work) and dream, don't bother with this book - but then all you'll ever do is dream.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simply useful, 20 May 2003
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A practical guide to preparing your mind and body for sailing across oceans. Contains useful information regarding contacts within the industry and how to present yourself so that you can get into the industry easily. It is amazing how spot on the advice is - it worked for me.
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