"Lake sailor" for well over 20 years, but have charter and offshore experience. Moved from 23.5 to 28.5 to 35.5 sailboats during those years. Bought current boat in Pensacola, FL. while living in Panama City Beach, FL. for 3 years where I sailed St. Andrew Bay and offshore in Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola to Port St. Joe. Moved boat back to Lake Travis after getting very tired of tourists and hurricanes.
Lake Travis, Austin,TX
Catalina Island, San Diego Bay, Pensacola, Panama City Beach, St. Andrew Bay, Port St. Joe, Charlotte Harbor, BVI., most all the Windward and Leeward Islands down to Grenada...Bequia is a favorite.
Would like to crew on boats mainly in the Windward Islands, Grenada, Grenadines, St. Lucia, BVI, Bahamas.
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