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This survey information will assist Offshore Passage Opportunities in directing passage's to you that fit your schedule, experience level, and your goals. Having some sailing experience is helpful, any courses or certificates you have are worth noting. It is more important that you can get along with other people in close quarters.

Some questions are intended to find common interests with boat owners and other crewmembers, that we may better help you sign aboard. We encourage you to be specific about your wishes and availability. If we do not leave enough room to answer all the questions, feel free to add material or resumes that you think will help us find what you are looking for.

(Please print clearly)

Name: ___________________________________________________
Nickname: (if any) _________________________

Address:___________________________________________________
Suite #:________________

City: ________________________________________________
State: ___________________Zip: ___________________

Country: _______________________________ Age: __________
Email: ______________________________________

Home Telephone: _____________________
Business Telephone: ___________________Fax:_______________________
Cell Phone: ____________________________________________
Pager #: ___________________________________

Next of Kin:___________________________________
Telephone: #____________________________________ to call in an emergency.

If you are available on short notice and would like to be on the OPO emergency crew list, the best contact methods would be. (Check)

Home:______ WK: ______Daily E-mail: ______
How late may we call? _______________________________________

Where did you hear about Offshore Passage Opportunities?
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________ Please check here if you would like to receive notices and mailings via e-mail. We would like to get as many members on the e-mail system as possible.

I prefer to get my newsletters in the mail. ________

Do you currently own a boat or have in the past? Details:
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If you have a boat, are you interested in meeting other OPO members in your area who can join you for day sails or weekend trips?
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If yes we would like to include this opportunity in our monthly mailings under the new "Day Sailing" program. Simply let us know when you would most likely want to have others join you and how you want people to contact you. (Phone, which number or e-mail etc.)
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How much have you traveled and where? (Land, Sea Air)
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Clubs or Other Affiliations:
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Hobbies and Other Sports:
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Scuba Diving:
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General Health and Fitness:
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Boating Experience

What skills do you have that may make you a good candidate for boat owners seeking crew?

1) NONE _____ I understand that from time to time I may get wet, cold, seasick and possibly not see eye to eye with the owner, but am willing to give it a go and learn.

2) SOME _____ at least (circle one) a) 5 b) 10 c) 20 times out sailing, taking part in some crew responsibilities.

3) MODERATE: _______ several years active crewing or at least one long coastal or ocean trip.

4) EXTENSIVE ______ several long ocean passages (please attach resume) Education

Courses/Seminars: In Class
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Underway:
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Navigation: ______________________Celestial: ___________________
Radar:__________________________________
VHF: _______________________ Single Sideband:_____________________
GPS: _________________________

Watch Captain: _________________ Mechanical:_______________________
Engine or Refrigeration: __________________

Sail Repair: ______________________Medical Experience: __________________
Culinary Talents (at 45 degrees):___________________

Racing & Boat Size
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Skip/Crew Boat Size:
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Charters & Boat Size:
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Bareboat/Skippered & Boat Size:
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Comments:
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Qualifying Your Goals

In the following sections we are looking for the specifics of what situation you are looking for. Understand that there are as many options as there are boat owners. Sometimes we will have delivery captains who need crew in a hurry and your expenses may be paid. Other times charter boats, who normally charge a lot for their berths, will lower their rates to our members so they can sail with a full complement. Your honest answers to the following questions will help us target your individual aspirations most efficiently. We would like to contact as few members as possible when a situation arises to better benefit your chances of getting aboard. Being ambiguous in this section will only hinder your chances and other members to sign aboard.

We understand that most people must work and that they only have so much vacation time. This should not hinder your chances of going offshore. Please tell us the time frame you are restricted to and when you would be most likely to travel? Don't fret if it seems to you that you do not have much time or have restrictions. Only realize that we will be planning into the future for you and will try and accommodate all your wishes.

Sailing Goals

________ I plan to buy a boat in the next year or two to equip for offshore sailing and want to gain more offshore experience first.

________ I already have a boat and want to get more offshore experience.

________ I do not have a boat big enough to go offshore and want to get some sailing experience with others.

________ I am not in the position to buy a boat but do want to sail offshore on other peoples boats.

________ I want to get "sea time" towards a captain's license or experience so I can build a resume to eventually work in the industry.

________ I simply want to continue sailing and know OPO is a great way to go without having to spend a lot of money. I LOVE to SAIL …

I Can Offer: (Check as many as apply)
_____a small per diem towards shared expenses
_____Mechanical skills: engine electronics refrigeration etc.
_____Elbow grease for bottom work, varnishing and upkeep
_____Cooking and cleaning skills
_____Language skills:
Please List: ________________ ________________ ________________

Personal

Do you smoke? _________
Have any special dietary needs? _________________
Vegetarian ? ___________________
Any medical condition we should be aware of?
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Comments: Brief Achievements/Work History:
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Passage

Where would you like to cruise? (i.e. what ocean would you like to cross or where would you like to visit)
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How long would you like to travel for?
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What is your availability?
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When would you like to begin?
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Are you retired or self-employed? __________________
If not, how much vacation time do you have? _________________

If we get a call from a delivery captain or boat owner who has just had a cancellation, what kind of notice do you require?
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Preferences

Do you have any preferences from where you would like to depart from?
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How far would you be willing to travel to join a boat?
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Do you have the resources to travel to the boat whether by land or by air?
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Financial Arangements

Of course the ideal situation would be free passage when and where you would like to go. However, the level of accommodations dictates the costs involved. By networking with us you have the greatest chance of finding what you are looking for little cost, depending upon how flexible your schedule allows you to be. By defining your wishes we can be specific with your opportunities.

a) Are you only interested in a paid position? __________
Are you willing to go for free, but have your expenses paid? ________

b) Are you willing to pay travel expenses to and from the boat? _________(Please keep in mind that for trips out of the United States it is a requirement that you have the funds and (or) a ticket in hand to leave the country before you arrive in that country to assure you can get home if you leave the boat).

c) Much depends on the size and degree of comforts on a boat. How much are you willing to contribute towards expenses if that is the situation? _______________
Per Day____________
Per Week_____________
Per Month_____________
(of course any boat looking for too much money will be declined access to our membership and referred to a charter broker).

Looking for a Boat?
Are you looking for a boat yourself?_______________
What kind and how big?___________________
When do you plan to go cruising?_______________
Where?______________________

Some OPO members are looking to buy their dream offshore boat. Often the boats listed in the magazines or found on the Internet are located far from where they live. If the boat happens to be docked near where you live would you be willing to take a look at the boat first? (Yes or No) __________

If you think it may a good boat then the OPO member can fly down or hire a surveyor as the next step towards buying the boat. Our intentions are to have OPO members help with the search for good boats. It would be a great way to meet a new boat owner who is planning to take off and will need some crew (you) when they go. We have a couple of members who are marine surveyors and have offered to discount their services to OPO members. If you come across a good buy we are also interested in getting information on those boats to pass on to members looking for a boat.

Please return the survey as soon as possible so that we can begin to look for the Offshore Passage Opportunity that you desire.

We look forward to matching you with your dream passage.

Sincerely,
Hank Schmitt
Founder of: "OFFSHORE PASSAGE OPPORTUNITIES" (Since 1993)

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