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Crew Wanted!

Crew Wanted!

Crew Wanted!

Think you’ve got what it takes to sail the seven seas and explore some of the most remote, alien places on this planet? Seaburban is looking for those few hardy souls who still believe in the age of sail and are willing to carry the torch that has been thrust out to us by the great adventurers and explorers throughout history.

Send your answers to the questions below to the Shoreteam ([email protected] and we’ll get back to you if we think your made of the right stuff. There are no right answers so let your imagination be your guide. As an aside, I’m always confused by the ‘There are no right answers.’ boilerplate as that would imply that there are only wrong answers or no answers at all. If no answers at all, then the question is ill-posed and needs to be rephrased or it’s an opinion poll in which case the exercise is pointless. But that’s just me…

1. Are you ready, willing, and able to take orders (orders mind you; not suggestions, helpful hints, or whimsy) from a stuffed, soporific seal?

2. How long can you stand under a cold shower?

3. Your shipmate is continually licking his fork clean and putting it back in the cutlery drawer. You:
a) Pull the fork out of the drawer wave it under his nose while ranting about shipboard hygiene
b) Stay up late at night and mark the fork with fluorescent dye so you never use it again
c) Accept the practice of doing the dishes in-extremis with either your fingers or tongue.

4. Revenge is a dish best served cold. So is:
a) Ravioli
b) Chili
c) Oatmeal
d) Corned Beef, turnip, and beet hash
e) All the above

5. Are you bothered by terrible smells that emanate from the head, your shipmates socks, spoiled and rotten food long forgotten in a barely accessible locker, and 4 month old damp, mouldy laundry?

6. You are easily entertained by:
a) Playing the only working CD aboard over and over again ad nauseum
b) Memorizing the longest, run-on sentence in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
c) Telling and re-telling the same story over and over again to whomever is standing closest to you
d) A short piece of line that you practice tying the same 4 knots in

7. You consider sleep:
a) A necessary evil and wildly over-rated
b) Anything over 2 hours an unnecessary indulgence

8. The mate deems there is an on deck emergency. You, warm and cozy in your bunk deem otherwise. You:
a) Roll over and pretend you didn’t hear the mate’s call
b) Attend but wildly and very publicly protest
c) Attend but do nothing save scowl and curse
d) Attend in good cheer, willing to help and pitch in where need be even though this is the umpteenth time you’ve been called from your bunk to identify Polaris.

9. There is one tooth brush left on board and the voyage has barely begun. It has now been used to clean an engine part and is reeking of diesel. Will you still brush your teeth?

10. Do you enjoy:
a) Sleeping in wet clothes
b) Putting on wet clothes
c) Discovering that your only dry clothes have gotten wet
d) Discovering that QuickDry clothing is a marketing gimmick
e) Sitting and sleeping on wet cushions and mattresses

Good luck! And remember, we’ll call you if we’re interested!

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • BT
    Posted at 10:41h, 02 July Reply

    Bert, you are amazing! Following you progress and posts with great admiration for you courage and wishing / willing you success. You are on the downhill run now. All the best from an Aussie follower BT ( 2 degrees of separation from your Uncle Joe).

  • Sandi Lyon
    Posted at 03:20h, 06 July Reply

    That looks about right. When it’s hot out in the ocean, its foggy and wet on the Wet Coast. That means you’re on the right track, heading the right direction. Finally. Woohoo.

  • Anita Kuntz
    Posted at 00:10h, 08 July Reply

    Following you journey and am truly amazed.

  • Suzan Persons
    Posted at 15:43h, 09 July Reply

    What an amazing journey!!

  • Karin Hill
    Posted at 15:27h, 13 July Reply

    Been following you for a couple of months now. What an amazing journey! Your blog is insightful and humorous. Almost home. Safe travels!

  • MountainJack
    Posted at 19:52h, 14 July Reply

    Has to be an amazing feeling to be so near home, Bert.

    Have spent months at sea “steaming”, not sailing, gaining my sea legs with the constant motion just became second nature. Getting back to a stable platform at dockside or over on the beach left me wobbly for a day or two. Cannot imagine how you’ll feel after a year of hardly ever being stable. There is that other thing having been on your own for that long; the familiarity of constant aloneness , the feeling of approach avoidance, being forced back into humanity. Might feel as though you could just extend a little bit more and savor the experience just a little longer…naw, probably not.

    Welcome back home, Bert. You’ve completed one heck of a feat.

  • Arthur Oliver
    Posted at 04:33h, 15 July Reply

    Getting oh so close. What’s the ETA?

  • estelle C whiddon
    Posted at 02:58h, 16 July Reply

    Bert, your homecoming Saturday will be a joyous occasion! I have followed the voyage daily and hope your arrival home brings much joy.

  • Peter Jungschaffer
    Posted at 07:19h, 18 July Reply

    This has been so great. Thank you!!!

  • BT
    Posted at 09:50h, 18 July Reply

    Hi Bert, you are just a few hours away from home. We are cheering for your most successful journey. We are especially amazed at the sailing conditions below Australia and New Zealand, as we can have some very big polar blasts hit us at this time of the year. Cannot imagine what it was like to sail through that type of weather. Can only take of hats off to you I amazement. Hope that you make it to Oz for a visit. What a wonderful achievement you have accomplished. /bt

  • Antonio Corbelletta
    Posted at 16:15h, 18 July Reply

    Congratulations! What an adventure! Well done. I have enjoyed tracking your voyage everyday just wish I would have know about it earlier, from the beginning.

  • Suzan
    Posted at 18:13h, 18 July Reply

    Yeahhhhhhhhh Bert!!! You have done it!!!
    Happy Homecoming – And stay safe!!!
    It isn’t the same world that you left!!
    I’m going to miss reading your travels and your adventures!! But thrilled that you’re home (almost) safe and sound!!
    Next trip around the world, hope that you’ll stop along the way and post your photos of the locals and the ports!!

  • Raegan Elford
    Posted at 19:23h, 18 July Reply

    Soldier who has logged more sea time than this Navy sailor.
    What an incredible accomplishment (the journey vice logging more sea time than I)

  • Marianne Scott
    Posted at 18:25h, 19 July Reply

    Congratulations on your accomplishment! I guess we will have to put up a plaque commemorating your voyage on the Victoria Harbour wall.

    Hope to see you this week.

    Marianne Scott

  • Tom Cory
    Posted at 07:40h, 23 July Reply

    Congradulations Bert from Annapolis MD. A Great Adventure.

  • Mark
    Posted at 12:24h, 29 July Reply

    I don’t think that anyone that attended Estevan Junior High could have imagined that this was in the future for one of it’s students. I checked in at different legs of the journey and was fascinated every time. Congrats!

  • Marcel Neamtu
    Posted at 07:14h, 06 December Reply

    What an adventure! But i do have a comment about the structure of the blog: it’s very hard for a late reader to read your earlier posts in a timely order or something. Very annoying to scroll all the time to your earlier there anything or I can be done? Am I missing something? If yes, pardon my ignorance.
    Cheers and take care!

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