George Aiken, male, 65

Ref 31877

Nationality: United States
Currently based in: Beaufort, NC, United States
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 8200 ocean miles / 3000 coastal miles
SAILING BACKGROUND: Grew up in eastern NC and sailed in Oriental and Beaufort. Piloted my own Southern Cross 31 to the Caribbean via Bermuda and crusied for 1 year (pre GPS, used a sextant). Recently crewed on an OPO delivery (Jan 2019) 750 miles from Beaufort, NC to Grand Bahamas on a C&C 40. In May/June of 2019 I crewed on a Jeanneau sun odyssey 45 from Puerto Rico to Scotland via Horta and Cork. Total miles 4,200. In November 2021 - crew member on an Island Packet 485 from Solomans, MD to Tortola - Caribbean 1500 February through April 2022 - round trip Beaufort, NC to Bahamas as captain on my Valiant 40 - approximately 2400 miles SAILING GOALS: More ocean miles on my own boat (Valiant 40) and others worldwide. UNIVERSITIES OR SCHOOLS ATTENDED: BS Civil Engineering - North Carolina State University MBA William and Mary CLUBS OR AFFILIATIONS: Board Member Habitat for Humanity SAILING COURSES: Celestial Navigation LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English, Understand French COUNTRIES VISITED OR LIVED: Worked for a large Netherlands based international construction company for 20 years. Lived in the Netherlands, France and Puerto Rico. Visited most European, Caribbean and Latin American countries. Vietnam and Cambodia. HOBBIES AND SPORTS: Technical Scuba diving (certified tri-mix diver), wreck hunting and diving, History, reading, Drone and underwater photography, technical things and fixing things. Very physically active, run, bike, lift, etc... REFERENCES: Name: Vern Mountcastle Contact: 919-600-8495 [email protected] Name: David Spiro Contact: 310-993-2130 [email protected] Neil Ballantyne [email protected] Ken Hilk [email protected] I spent the first 23 years of his career working in the international construction arena; 20 of those years he worked for a large International Civil Engineering company based in the Netherlands where he was responsible for managing construction projects ranging from $10 million to $500 million (large bridges, harbors and tunnels) worldwide. In 2009, My business partner and I founded Savvy Homes, a cutting edge North Carolina-based home building company. Savvy Homes grew from a start-up building company to a strong and growing, well capitalized and respected company building up to 400 new homes a year In communities throughout North Carolina including Raleigh, Fayetteville, Sanford and Pinehurst. In 2017, I sold the company to a publicly traded company but continued to act as its President until I retired in September of 2018.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements: None
Languages: English;
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George’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 8200 / Coastal: 3000
Nights at sea: 50+
I have experience as: Captain (Offshore)
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Sailing Skills Experienced
I have done this many times and am confident to help others less experienced. I am happy doing this day
I am competent doing this in daylight, or if there is someone more experienced with me
I have only done this a few times, but I am willing to learn
I have not done this before
Steer a compass course x
Keep lookout/watch-keeping x
Trimming sails – mainsail and foresail/jib x
Reefing x
Working the foredeck – setting sails including spinnakers and cruising chutes x
Navigating with GPS and paper charts at sea x
Anchoring and handling anchors x
Cooking at sea x
Using dinghies with outboard motors x
Heaving-to and other heavy weather tactics x

Other nautical or cruising skills

Using a sextant for astro-navigationx
Using VHF radiox
Diesel engine maintenancex
Outboard engine maintenancex
Repairing or making sailsx
Using radarx

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2021 Island Packet 485 Solomans, MD/Tortola 1500 Watch-leader 4 Caribbean 1500
January 0 C&C 40 Beaufort, NC/Grand Bahama 750 Watch-leader 3
January 0 Jeanneau sun odyssey 45 Puerto Rico/Edinburg 4300 Watch-leader 3
January 0 Southern Cross (Gilmer) 31 USVI/Beaufort 1350 Captain 2
January 0 Island Packet 48 Beaufort, NC/Bohicket, SC 231 Watch-leader 2
January 0 Southern Cross (Gilmer) 31 Beaufort, NC/USVI 1600 Captain 2
January 0 Valiant 40 Beaufort, NC/Long Island, Bahamas 1200 Captain 1
January 0 Valiant 40 Long Island, Bahamas/Beaufort, NC 1200 Captain 1
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