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Category: Boat
Host ID: 24752
Region: New England

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Last Updated: February 13, 2020

I am a professional mariner in the process of upgrading and preparing a 40 ft sailing vessel and hope to have her ready to cruise in the next few months. There is still quite a bit of work left to complete and I could use an extra set of hands at times.

I would prefer people who know how to work with their hands, use tools, and/or have useful skills to contribute. Failing that, a solid work ethic and willingness to take direction will suffice.

The work will be challenging, mentally much more than physically. Unlike more traditional HelpX situations, the work we are tackling is specialized, will require high level decision making and problem solving, and will be constantly changing. This poses the interesting question of how to make the best use of a volunteer while still maintaining our own productivity. Because of the complexity of many tasks, the work we will delegate will mostly be fairly menial, but will nevertheless help the greater effort. While this may be frustrating if you feel underutilized, it will allow us to benefit from your help without having to spend too much of our time micro managing projects. We will do our best to allow you opportunities to become more engaged in the process though, if you so desire.

Space and privacy are limited aboard and admittedly, things are a bit chaotic as I am in the process of a serious refit. Still, I live in a pretty happy place, right on the water. There is plenty of fishing, small boating and the city at large to keep you busy. The town we live in is a 20 min bike ride from downtown Boston, a world class city. Everything is within easy walking or bicycling distance (we have bikes). We are vegetarian and vegan friendly! You will have your own berth (bunk) and storage lockers to stow your things, though minimalism is the key word here. There is a separate facility that has communal bathrooms, showers, And some other amenities.

It is important to note that we live in a public marina, in close contact with other many other residents. Your presence will directly/indirectly affect everyone here, so please be prepared to be polite, conscientious, and try to minimize your impact.

While I'm not a vegan, I tend to eat mostly like one. I don't judge or care about your dietary choices. I'm happy to share what I buy and enjoy eating communally. Let's have a conversation about your expectations for being fed and taken care of.

Due to the unique nature of this situation, the close quarters and limited privacy, I think Helpers should plan to stay for a week or so, with the possibility of extending only if it feels right all around.

This is an opportunity to:
1. get to know more about cruising/sailing and boats in general
2. learn something about working on boats
3. get to know one another and check compatibility for future sailing trips.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, get in touch!

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