…without draining your bank account!
Via the Frugal Traveller:
“That’s what I’m paying for!” Steve Hill, a 45-year-old from north London, announced that evening, once we’d moored in Wallilabou Bay, a tiny inlet on the volcanic island of St. Vincent.
We were not, however, paying much. Our berths aboard the Illusion cost us each $55 a day, a sum that covered breakfast, dinner, basic instruction in sailing, plus mooring and customs fees — pretty much everything except lunch, beer and off-shore excursions. And beyond those tangibles, we were getting access to the world of yachties, those fortunate souls who drift on the wind from port to port, stopping for snorkeling, drinks and tale telling at sparsely inhabited tropical islands where ferries and prop planes rarely land. I’d always craved that sense of freedom, but with sailing classes in New York City generally starting near $500 and yacht charters in the thousands of dollars, this Frugal Traveler despaired of ever attaining it.
Then I discovered Crewfinders.com. And GlobalCrewNetwork.com. And FindaCrew.com. And FloatPlan.com, CrewFile.com, WorkOnABoat.com, Crewfinders.comWorkOnAYacht.com and any number of similar Web sites that link up sailors (both amateurs and professionals) with boat owners and captains. The jobs range from basic deckhand duties to skilled work, like engineers and cooks, and span the globe, from the Caribbean and the Mediterranean to Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.
With no experience, however, I had to look past the paid gigs to the unpaid ones…