After a delay due to broken mechanical steering and a few other things (which has been replaced with brand new items), I now need new crew as well with VERY short notice !!
I plan to go through the Panama canal in two weeks, around April 8th. (could wait an extra week if needed) then on to the Galapagos right away. French Polynesia etc and arriving in New Zealand around November 2019. Then on the move again in May 2020 to Thailand via Fiji, Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
The whole trip will be over the next 2-3 years.
Looking for crew for the first leg from Panama to New Zealand, or only parts of it (or the whole thing)
I actually need 2 new crew members (but NO couples).
Preferably between 30 and 55 years old (male or female). Fit and non smokers.
I think 3 people on board is perfect as it is more difficult to cook for 4 in a small galley, but just about right for 3.
Also, I prefer 6 hour shifts with a natural rotation than 4 hours watches. (This is however flexible).
Alcohol consumption shall be kept to a minimum while at sea and no more than a beer or glass of wine. Once at anchor or secure at the dock we might have a few Sun-Downwers. No drugs of any kind please ! I am not captain "Bligh", but I do demand cleanliness, both in your cabin and bathroom, as well as personal hygiene.
I should also mention, that there will be times, when I will have friends or family members visiting and sailing along for short stretches.
The "Wandrin' Star" is a 68 foot custom steel ketch with a 16 foot beam and 8 foot draft.
She has 2 radars, 3 autopilots and 2 water makers. There are several GPS plotters and Iridium satellite communication. She is easy to sail with double furlers that are controlled by one of 5 electric winches.
Itinerary for 2019
This itinerary is based on places where "crew changes" and visits can take place. Of course it does NOT show all the places we will stop, as not all of them are suited for crew changes due to the difficulty of flying in or immigration transfers etc.
It also shows the minimum amount of time that can be spent on board and the maximum. This can, of course, be extended by sailing along another leg and staying over to the next stop.
The Wandrin' Star is 68' on deck and has 4 cabins and 4 heads and is fully equipped with the latest high-tech gear. I believe in backup systems so she has double of everything, including water makers. She is a super comfortable CRUISING boat. No rush ! Safety and comfort is important and seeing as much as possible along the way.
The Star has over 1400 Watts of solar power to run the fridge and independent freezer, the autopilots and electric winches and a 8 kw diesel generator to back it up. We usually run the generator to make fresh water and at that time also some hot water and do laundry. (2 hot water heaters and washer and dryer).
The main dinghy is a 14' hard bottom inflatable with a 60 hp Suzuki (it flies). There's also a second 9' inflatable with a 15 hp Mercury, so we don't get stuck in an anchorage, but get to move around even in hard to reach places and up rivers etc. I love to explore by dinghy and snorkel. The Wandrin' Star has it's own air compressor to fill it's 4 scuba tanks, but at the time only dive gear for 2 people. Lot's of snorkel gear though
A little about me. My name is Henric Sundberg
I was born in Sweden and raised in Switzerland (German part). After graduation from College in Sweden (Engineer), I moved to Canada with my parents. I started my own companies and basically semi retired when I was 35 already. I always dreamt about sailing around the world, but I have been stuck in the Caribbean for the last 24 years (not necessarily a bad thing).
Started sailing off the west coast of Sweden when I was 7 years old in an Optimist Jolly and have worked my way up to bigger boats since . Designed and started building the Wandrin' Star in Canada in 1986 and sailed her to the Caribbean in 1994. Been tied to the dock in Panama for the last 7 years do to refurbishing and personal reasons.
I have accumulated a bit of knowledge over 30 years on the boat, so your sailing experience is not as important as the attitude to adventure. I am however, a terrible cook and my diet is very one-sided, so having someone on board to broaden that a bit and help with the provisioning and galley duties would be a plus.
The work on the Wandrin' Star has taken a lot longer than I had planned, but its now finally time to sail to the other side of our little globe. I love Rock music from the 70th and play a little acoustic guitar myself (as long as the crew can tolerate it).