We first reached out to our audience and surprisingly we were inundated in a positive way with people that wished to come sailing! We thought, how exciting! From the hundreds that wrote in, we picked a young lad reasonably early on. He was open for an adventure, had time and was more than willing to make the effort to travel 30 hours in transit to reach our vessel. We thought, how amazing is this. We had a great time with Juzzy on board and after 3 weeks he decided it was time for him to return back to Australia. This experience left us smiling and we felt good about doing this more often.
Lets try this again, we thought. After reaching out to our audience and many people sharing their expressions of interest we spoke to 5 different people. All of which in one way or another, fell through. It turns out we must have just lucked out with Juzzy! We understood though that we were maybe looking for someone in too short a time line as we were expecting someone to basically just drop everything and come sailing. We know this is a big question and commitment to put on someones shoulders, therefore decided we needed a different approach. As much as we wanted to have someone from our following on board, we decided to seek other ways of finding crew.
We joined an an outline crew finding website where people sign up as either boat owners looking for crew, or as crew members looking for a boat. I thought for sure, this is a great idea and I wish I knew of these sites before I bought Nandji. After conversing with over 10 people, finally we had