Matt Cotton, male, 34

Ref 48681

Nationality: New Zealand
Currently based in: Sligo, Ireland
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 4000 ocean miles / 1000 coastal miles
We are Alanah (30) and Matt (33), both keen adventurers and experienced sailors from New Zealand. We've sailed 4000+ miles together in the South Pacific and have extensive cruising / racing experience around New Zealand's coasts. We are flexible, hard working, easy to get along with and available immediately. Skills include: - Watch keeping, vessel handling, sail trimming - Mechanical repairs, engine / yacht maintenance and general problem solving - Splicing and rigging - Cooking & preparing meals (including full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings) - Filleting and preparing fish Alanah has her RYA Competent Crew cert. Matt has completed the NZ Coastguard Advanced Sea Survival cert and Offshore Medic cert. Matt is a mechanical engineer working as a marine designer and Alanah is a comic book illustrator and science communicator. Hobbies include bicycle and motorcycle touring, mechanical design projects, writing comic books, leather work, sailing, maintaining & restoring wooden boats. We look forward to sailing with you!
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: partnered
Dietary requirements:
Languages: English; French;
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Matt’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 4 to 9
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 4000 / Coastal: 1000
Nights at sea: 50+
I have experience as: Watch Leader
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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
Competent
I am competent doing this in daylight, or if there is someone more experienced with me
Basic
I have only done this a few times, but I am willing to learn
None
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 VHF radiox
Diesel engine maintenancex
Outboard engine maintenancex

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2019 McConaughey 50 Auckland/Opua 250 Watch-leader 8 Coastal Classic
2018 Tayana 55 New Zealand/New Zealand 4000 Watch-leader 4
2018 38 Auckland /Auckland 500 Captain 4 CYA races in Hauraki Gulf
2011 Beneteau Oceanis 390 Auckland/Auckland 1000 Captain 2 General coastal cruising (short trips)
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