Mention sailing and the chances are most of us will conjure up romantic images of wind in the hair freedom on the waves. But mention sailing to someone who has owned a boat and the response will likely be more measured.
Maintaining a boat requires dedication, commitment and hard work, but the rewards are commensurate.
Finding the time to dedicate to the upkeep of any boat can be challenging, more so with wooden hulled vessels, and the addition of an extra pair of hands can help enormously. We have noticed a steady stream of opportunities on www.workaway.info relating to boats & sailing and recently spoke to a boat owner who had made use of volunteer help to overhaul his yacht:
“I’d owned my boat for 5 years, but rising costs for things like mooring fees had made it difficult to keep up with all the other work. By the time I decided that selling the boat would be the best way forward, she had deteriorated and needed lots of time and effort to get her back up to scratch.
“I devoted as much of my time as possible to the work, but soon realised that I’d need some help. I’d heard of Workaway through a friend and could see no reason not to give it a try.
“The response was encouraging and before long I had a couple of willing helpers living aboard and moving down through the jobs-to-do list. The 3 hours a day that they each worked on the boat kept the momentum moving in the right direction, and within a few weeks I was able to advertise her confident that the asking price was reasonable.
“The help was invaluable and meeting new interesting people made the work pass so much easier. I’d definitely do the same again if I were to own another boat.”
Hosts with Boats on Workaway
We decided to have a quick look through some of the sailing and boating options on offer through the site, and feature them here to show the varied nature of the opportunities. We have many European hosts from the Isles of Scotland down to those in Greece, and as far away as Malaysia and Fiji.
There’s certainly some interesting possibilites out there for anyone with a seafaring interest.
If you’re a host and we’ve missed your boat out of this list, feel free to add a comment below to let us know.
Workaway on a Malaysian Junk-SchoonerExperience life on a traditional wooden sailing boat in a beautiful tropical setting with a German family and their Malaysian Junk-Schooner.
Work: varnishing, painting, sanding, woodwork, general boat maintenance
Looking for Workawayers who have knowledge or interest in permaculture, farming, boat building or sailing. The community is for anyone who wants to learn, share ideas and work hard.
Anyone who helps out has the chance to join the crew, a tribe of floating sea-gypsies!
- Workaway on a Yacht in the Greek Islands
Looking for someone to help with the deck as well as boat
engine maintenance and electrical rewiring. Accommodation is a quarter berth on the boat with meals.
Help Out on a Solar FerryGo to southern Germany and assist with a ferry-boat powered by solar-energy going from the island of Reichenau to the Swiss side of Lake Constance.
Workaway on a Private Yacht in FijiLive on a 40ft boat in the hidden paradise of SavuSavu in Fiji. Help needed with painting, carpentry, welding, sewing, cooking, more painting(!), electrical wiring and general boat maintenance.
Help Renovate a 60ft Wooden BoatThe boat which is near the famous wine region of Sancerre in France is 50 years old. Help is needed with reconstruction including woodwork, painting, electrics and plumbing.
Accommodation is provided onboard in either a double cabin or in bunks.
Anyone who helps will be offered time on board when the boat reaches the Med.
Restore a Lifeboat on the Isle of MullHelp needed with general maintenance including painting, sanding and some woodwork.
Accommodation is in an en-suite cabin aboard this 52ft historic lifeboat which is moored in a village near a lively local pub.
Help Restore a Yacht in Alentejo, PortugalYou need to be fluent in English to proof read, update blogs and help in the renovation of a yacht 17 mts long that at the moment is on the hard being worked on.
Must be able to get stuck in and get your hands very dirty.