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Eleuthera Bahamas
Charleston SC
OPO e-mail # 20-31 Boat owner and licensed captain OPOOPO is looking to put a ...

6/4/2020 from Eleuthera Bahamas to Charleston SC on a Catamaran

OPO e-mail # 20-31 Boat owner and licensed captain OPOOPO is looking to put a crew together to sail back from the Bahamas to Charleston SC. The Bahamas and other islands are starting to open up to allow crew to fly in and move boats north before the start of hurricane season. OPOOPO is new to using our services, but he does a great job of describing his crew request and gives us a lot of information about himself, his boat and how to get to and from the boat. Just what OPO members need to know. Plus as usual, the passage is free with crew paying their own way to and from the boat. If interested please e-mail OPOOPO with your sailing resume to XXXXX@XXXX . He also has a blog at Here is the excellent information OPOOPO included: “I see United has a flight on June 4 from Fort Lauderdale, FL to North Eleuthera for $219. I’ll be arriving on June 1st and making sure the boat is ship shape. The Charles Edward is a 38’ Seawind 1160 lite. It’s a catamaran with a 21’ beam, 4’ draft, 3 cabins and 2 heads. The saloon table can be turned into a berth to create a 4th sleeping area. The boat has a main and jib and two 25 HP Yamaha high thrust engines. The boat was finished in late 2018 and is a 2019 model year. The engines are of the same year. I’m looking for two able bodied sailors at a minimum. Couples sharing cabins could bring the total to 5. The boat has AIS, satellite communication devices, a dingy with both oars and a 6 hp engine. I am well supplied with tools. I am both the captain and the owner with no other crew definite at this time. This will be my 4th crossing of the Gulf Stream. The first time I sailed to the Bahamas from Key West. The second time I sailed from the Bahamas to St. Augustine and then made my way north to Rhode Island. The third crossing was part of the Salty Dawg Fall Rally sailing from Hampton, VA to Eleuthera’s Harbour Island. I’ve taken the US Sailing’s Safety at Sea course, Coastal Navigation and Coastal Passage. I’ve taken weather, seamanship, and navigation with the US Power Squadron. I’m a 6 pack Captain. The boat is both Coast Guard documented and has State registration. It was last safety inspected in 2019 by the US Power Squadron. The life raft was bought in December of 2018 and I have 2 PLBs. The crew should arrive on or a few days before the 4th of June to get underway on the 6th. The airport to fly into is North Eleuthera and from there short land and water taxis will take you to the boat, currently in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera. The voyage I expect to take 6 days more or less. The crew can make return flights from Charleston at any time. Airlines with a liberal change policy are recommended.