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Charles

Location:

Marina del Rey, CA
Hometown: Long Beach

Member since:

October 25, 2012

What level of sailor/Kayaker would you consider yourself? 1 - Novice to 5 - Very Experienced

After taking a kayak/canoe class a classmember & I paddled the lower Kern River in California USA. I'm interested in camping paddling trips of 50, 200 miles or 300 miles and bought a canoe and kayak. If my business startup can justify buying an Irwin 38 or 43 I will need sailing buddies to cruise with. Irwin boats is they have two private cabins with heads (toilets) with showers. I-38's often sell around $45,000 US & are affordable to play off. Once paid off it may only cost about US $200 a month for maintenance. I'm looking for people that can take a 1-8 week vacationa to sail the boat and visit ports between destinations. Goal is to sail to Los Angeles -Panama. With many stops before arriving. Next destinations are: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Texas, Florida Keys, Cuba, Bermuda then Ireland & UK. The book Yankee Sails Across Europe by Irving Johnson inspired interest in exploring some of the 3,000 miles of navigation rivers and canals of Europe.

What part of London is closest to you for Events? West End/Central/City/Canary Wharf/Lee Vally pk/Richmond..etc

Today Los Angeles and Santa Monica California are where I live. But I hope to visit the UK every year depending on how long it takes to get bored of exploring the UK and EU nations. I hope cruising in UK/EU remains fun for 3-5 years. But it may take 5-8 years to explore some of South America, Caribbean, Central America, Pacific islands and nations. Who wants to gain sailing skills to steer the boat, learn navigation and how to avoid hazards? Are you tired of rain and cold and want to tan on a deserted beach with only boat companions to share the beach with. Will you bring a man or woman companion or play, laugh and explore places we visit with others in the crew? If sailboat has 6 feet draft I expect that is fine in London right? What height is needed for bridge clearance on the Thames and canals in England?

What type of Event & at which Location would you like to participate in?

Where are fun places to hike or paddle a canoe or kayak down a stream or river? I plan to visit several aircraft museums in UK and in Germany, France, Spain and more. Many children in America don't seek careers using math so there is a shortage of math, science, engineering and technology students here. So taking several photos of cars and airplanes can help to make replicas for museums. Museums cannot afford to buy historic airplanes or cars so 3D printers can make static displays to encourage kids to dream & invent technology, cars or airplanes in the future. Also looking for volunteers to help take photos of historic designs. Students printing first 3D print projects can print parts that lock together like a puzzle to make full size static replicas. This way replicas cost almost nothing.

Would you be willing to help organise some events? What type, Where & when ?

When I arrive I can organize sailing events or canoe/kayak events. What islands are fun to visit in UK and in the Netherlands, Denmark or other nations? I understand Greece has around 1,500 islands and Sweden has around 14,000 islands but both have only about 100 islands people live on. It may be fun if another boat owner joins in cruising the same locations at the same time. Are there other meetup groups for sailors in European nations? Anyone want to go sailing visiting Los Angeles, Long Beach or San Diego? I can help to connect you with local groups. Meetup will not let me look for meetup sailing or other groups not local.

I agree to act within the Group ethos and rules (available on the 'About' page) & agree to be active in this group to be elegible for free courses. You agree to have a Photo/Sensable Picture in your profile.

I agree.

Introduction

Hello, I taught sailing in college and professionally for a year. I love being outdoors and meeting and talking with people about any topics while sailing.


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