Larry Groso, male, 52

Ref 49324

Nationality: United States
Currently based in: Frisco, TX, United States
Looking for: Caribbean; Central & North America; West Africa & South Atlantic Islands; Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands;
Experience: 2100 ocean miles / 400 coastal miles
My wife and myself have raised our kids, built a business and now it’s time to follow our dreams. We have been actively learning to sail, chartering cats in the Bahamas and assisting a captain move a 50’ cat from USVI to Florida a few times, with another trip south in November 2022. Our passion and dream is to own a boat in the next couple years and get lost sailing. But, for now, our time allows us to travel on short notice, in which we chase our passion of sailing and adventuring. Together, we have taken many ASA classes, 40 hours under instruction on a Lagoon 450, chartered two different times in the Bahamas for a total of 4 weeks, and logged a little over 2000nm of passage making between the USVIs and Florida in two different trips. On our trips, we gladly cook, clean, fish, complete repairs, anything needed and keep our watches. Last trip we landed a 35lb yellow fin tuna on a hand line, which makes a great story over a couple rums. We ate good for many nights thereafter. Myself, Larry, grew up in an outdoorsman’s home and farmed for many years. Learning to be self sufficient was the norm. After college, jobs and raising kids, we were forced into entrepreneurism when I was laid off in 2011. Since then, we have built a business from the ground up, which over the past 9 years has required my ability to fix equipment, manage employees, partner with competitors and maintain customers be at its top game. My wife, Alicia, has always been there to take care of our kids and make sure they were raised with love. In the past nine years, she has helped build our business and continued to ensure our adult kids continue to succeed. We are easy going, mature , been together since 1990 so, no drama here. Just looking to keep learning, build the resume (as boat ownership insurance can be a significant challenge these days) and experience some adventure along the way with great people. Love to snorkel, swim, hike, bike, exercise, kiteboard, ski, camp and the other great things outdoors. Can provide RYA Yacht Master Captain’s reference as needed.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements: We like to eat mostly plant based but, enjoy fish, occasional chicken or turkey. But, being we have hunted and fished since 10 years old, shot and killed deer, antelope, elk, pigs, butchered sheep and pigs, made our own chorizo, we are great cooks and sometimes have to “sample” these. After 50 years, just trying to keep the body in shape so we can pursue our dreams without holdbacks that happen over time in regards to health. Trust me, our Captain eats very well on our trips from USVI to FL. Reason he has asked us back for a third year.
Languages: English;
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Larry’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 2100 / Coastal: 400
Nights at sea: 11-49
I have experience as: Watch Leader
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Competent
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Basic
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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 VHF radiox
Diesel engine maintenancex
Outboard engine maintenancex
Using radarx

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2022 2019 Leopard 50 USVI/George Town Bahamas 800 Watch-leader 4 Boat move
2022 FP 42 Astrea Nassau/Nassau 160 Captain 4 Charter
2021 Bali 4.0 Nassau/Nassau 120 Captain 4 Charter
2021 2019 Leopard 50 USVI/Florida 1100 Crew 6 Boat move
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