Scott Shaffer, male, 66

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Nationality: United States
Currently based in: Novato, United States
Looking for: Caribbean; Central & North America;
Experience: 500 ocean miles / 5000 coastal miles
Sailing: I've been sailing since 1992 mostly in the San Francisco Bay with several charters at different locations around the world as the captain and two extended boat deliveries where I was crew. Aside from the two sailboats I've owned, an O'Day 22 and Hans Christian 33, my sailing has mostly been on Beneteau and Jeanneau monohulls between 38' and 44'. One charter for which I was the captain was a 38' catamaran. I completed an 11-day trip through five Leeward Islands in March 2024 aboard a 60' cutter-rigged sloop. All the boats except the 60' cutter rigged sloop have had roller furling headsails, hence the modest foredeck experience, though I want to help fly some downwind sails. Understanding that being friend/self-taught can lead to some gaps in learning, I joined a sailing club/school in 2017 and went through all of the US Sailing certification courses available to me. Other: I am married to a woman kind enough to parole me for sailing adventures periodically. It's a bargain she entered into so I wouldn't buy another boat. ;-) I love to travel; it feeds my soul. And I find pleasure in pushing my comfort zone by doing things new to me. I'm a retired attorney and my wife and I run a wilderness adventure summer camp for kids in California's Tahoe National Forest. I have two adult sons. One is a mechanical engineer in Reno, NV, and the other is graduating in the spring of 2024 from UC Santa Cruz in psychology. I enjoy keeping up on current events and like reading/listening about history from recent to ancient. I also like hiking, particularly up in the Sierra Nevada mountains. P.S. Apologies for the photo, but that's about as good as I ever look.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements: None
Languages: English;
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Scott’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 500 / Coastal: 5000
Nights at sea: 11-49
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 a sextant for astro-navigationx
Using VHF radiox
Diesel engine maintenancex
Using radarx

Other nautical or relevant qualifications

Qualification Awarding Level Year
Offshore Passage Making Certification US Sailing 2023
Celestial Navigation Certification US Sailing 2019
Coastal Passage Making Certification US Sailing 2019
Bareboat Cruising Certification US Sailing 2018
Basic Keelboat Certification US Sailing 2017
Basic Cruising Certification US Sailing 2017
Coastal Navigation Certification US Sailing 2017

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2024 60 Antigua, WI/Guadaloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia 270 Crew 8 No
2022 Catalina 42 San Diego, CA/San Francisco (Alameda), CA 525 Watch-leader 4 No
2022 Bavaria 38 Zaton, Croatia/Sibenik, Zlarin, Kaprije, Murter, Zut, Zaton 110 Captain 2 No
2021 Jeanneau 44 Tortola, BVI/St. Martin, St. Barts, Virgin Gorda, St. Thomas, Tortola 430 Captain 4 No
2017 Beneteau 44 San Diego, CA/Puerta Vallarta, Mexico 1210 Watch-leader 6 No
2013 38 Marsh Harbour, Bahamas/Elbow Cay, Man-O-War Cay, Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay 65 Captain 7 No
2001 Beneteau 44 Tortola, BVI/Peter, Salt, Cooper, Beef, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke Islands 80 Captain 6 No
1999 40 Marsh Harbour, Bahamas/Elbow Cay, Man-O-War Cay, Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay 65 Captain 6 No
1998 Benneteau 42 sloop Tortola, BVI/Peter, Salt, Cooper, Beef, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke islands 80 Captain 6 No
1998 Hans Christian 33 sloop Sausalito, CA/Delta 60 Captain 3 No
1997 Jeanneau 38 sloop Phuket, Thailand/Andaman Sea 120 Captain 3 No
1997 Hans Christian 33 sloop Sausalito, CA/Avila Beach, CA 500 Captain 4 No
1996 Hans Christian 33 sloop Sausalito, CA/Delta 150 Captain 3 No
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