Piet Houwen, male, 56

Ref 57311

Nationality: Netherlands
Currently based in: Hofstade, Belgium
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 150 ocean miles / 1000 coastal miles
I am an enthusiastic coastal skipper seeking to build experience with longer in increasingly challenging passages and races to become a versatile and confident offshore skipper. In return for having me as an involved and learning member of your team, I actively take part in ensuring a safe, enjoyable, and memorable journey. Besides the required sailing gear, I always carry with me my sense of humor, my engineering pragmatism, and my all-round cooking skills. In 2016 I obtained my coastal cruising license from US Sailing and in 2023 I also added the Belgium General Sailing & Motoring license to my resume, including ICC ICMS, VHF License and RYA Sea Survival Certification. To date I have over 1500 miles of sailing experience, mostly as coastal skipper, and captain. I built my miles in the Mediterranean (Croatia, Greece, Italy) in the Caribbean (BVI) and in the North Sea (Belgium, The Netherlands). I sail monohulls in the 38-46ft range. On a personal note, I love working in teams made by people with diverse talents and backgrounds, working together to get stuff done. Mutual trust and respect are core values to me. My Insights profile is Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, and last-but not least I am a cat person.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements:
Languages: English; Dutch
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Piet’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 150 / Coastal: 1000
Nights at sea: 1-10
I have experience as: Coastal Skipper
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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 VHF radiox

Other nautical or relevant qualifications

Qualification Awarding Level Year
RYA Offshore Safety RYA 2023
General Sailing & Motoring Certificate Kingdom of Belgium 2022
ICC ICMS Kingdom of Belgium 2022
VHF Certificate Kingdom of Belgium 2018
Basic Cruising (Offshore Sailing School) US Sailing 2016
Bareboat Cruising (Offshore Sailing School) US Sailing 2016
International Proficiency Certificate US Sailing 2016

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2023 Monohull 46ft Tortola (BVI)/Tortola (BVI) 264 Captain 4
2022 Monohull 51ft Nieuwpoort (Belgium)/Nieuwpoort (Belgium) 84 Crew 8
2022 Monohull 42ft Sardinia (Italy)/Sardinia (Italy) 130 Captain 2
2022 Monohull 46ft Tortola (BVI)/Tortola (BVI) 200 Captain 2
2021 Monohull 43ft Procida (Italy)/Procida (Italy 60 Captain 2
2020 Monohull 44ft Sicily (Italy)/Sicily (Italy) 100 Captain 2
2019 Monohull 41ft Paros (Greece)/Paros (Greece) 150 Captain 3
2019 Monohull 45ft Tortola (BVI)/Tortola (BVI) 180 Captain 2
2018 Monohull 38ft Split (Croatia)/Split (Croatia) 140 Captain 3
2017 Monohull 38ft Tortola (BVI)/Tortola (BVI) 120 Captain 3
2016 Monohull 50 ft Tortola (BVI)/Tortola (BVI) 50 Crew 6
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