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Sailor Description
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Sailor ID: 19211
Sailor Name: Robert
Gender: male
Age: 43
Current Location:
Mussanah, Oman, Washington D.C., USA
Local Info Volunteer: No
Main Activity: DistantCruise
Nationality: U.S.A.
Looking for crew position? No
Boat(s) On file: Candide (3416)
Crew Ad Title:
Washington D.C. to Caribbean
Website URL:

Me In Mussanah, Oman!
Hi! I've been living on board my 38' Hans Christian Traditional (Candide) since I was 27 years old. I told myself when I bought her that I'd be free to sail her "into the sunset" by the time I was 40. I missed my goal by 1 year (I was 41 when I paid off the mortgage). In November 2013, I was "laid off" from my corporate job after 17 years (which was absolutely fine by me, and not at all unexpected). I'd been putting a bit of money aside and also got a nice severance. I'm not rich by any means...but I'll be comfortable for quite a while once I get out of the U.S. The boat is in great shape, and I plan on spending March and April (2014) getting her completely ready for an extended cruise around the Caribbean. No set agenda...but do plan on cruising for at least a couple of years. If I find the right person, then an Atlantic crossing and cruise in the Mediterranean will be in the plans. I'm looking for a female partner to share this experience. Sailing experience is not necessary, but being handy with tools is a definite plus! Love for international adventure and meeting new people is a requirement. If you approve of the CouchSurfing ideals, this is the boat for you! My primary goal is to travel; I've visited over 50 countries and have loved every minute of it! I plan to be as self-sufficient as possible, and make money along the way as opportunities present themselves. Prior to the layoff, I made my living with computers. I've been published many times, and plan to do a lot more writing. I definitely plan to charter the boat for day sails and short excursions. For over 16 years, I've been outfitting the boat and dreaming of this adventure. Candide is a well-equipped and comfortable home. She has hot and cold running water, a 5.5 kw diesel generator, an ice maker (33 lbs./day), gas oven with 3-burner range, gas BBQ grill, 22,000 BTU central air, 2 private sleeping quarters, 1 head with shower and toilet, a robust entertainment center (large flat screen, surround sound, 400+ movie library), refrigerator and freezer, mobile / wireless internet (WiFi, 3G, and 4G), 2 full-size folding bicycles, 2000 Watt inverter, and a 645 Amp Hour battery bank. Hans Christians are legendary blue-water cruisers that are designed and built to cross oceans. Candide has cutter rigging (one mast; jib, stay, and main sails), a new 39-HP Yanmar diesel engine, B&G hydraulic ram autopilot, 100 gallon water capacity, 90 gallon fuel capacity (diesel), 6 gallon hot water capacity, 5 bilge pumps (three installed, two backups), EPIRB satellite emergency transponder, digital windspeed / direction indicator, depth sounder, GPS / color chartplotter, CQR and plow anchors, electric anchor windless, and a 10′ RIB dinghy with 8 HP outboard. There's plenty of information about the boat on my personal website ( You can also find my username on YouTube (dotyrs) to view videos made while sailing in various locations. You can even read what people think about me, personally, on my CouchSurfing page ( I am currently in Mussanah, Oman (in the Middle East). After being laid off, some friends offered me a job here to work on a temporary project. I expect to return to Washington, D.C. at the end of February and start going over every system on the boat. Oil needs to be changed, filters need replacement, propane tank needs to be refilled, the anchor light burned out last summer and needs to be replaced...nothing major...but there's a fairly long list of things to do in preparing the boat for an extended cruise. This would be an excellent time to meet face-to-face and get to know each other before heading to sea and “into the sunset.” So, how about it? Does this sound like the way you want to live your life? If so, please contact me ( departure time is fairly close). Tell me about your life thus far, why the cruising lifestyle appeals to you, your thoughts on where we might sail, your tolerance for experiencing new cultures and meeting new people, etc. The more information that you can provide in your initial response, the better. Looking forward to hearing from you! -Robert Doty