Meet Lee, she is the proud owner of an Island Packet 440 called Nautilee. Lee is currently in Tahiti and is looking for some crew to join her for the journey to Sydney, stopping at Tonga, Fiji, New Caledonia and Bundaberg along the way.
The basics …. I am retired, this is the 4th boat I have owned over some 25 or so years. 3 sailboats, all monohulls and 1 power boat, a Riviera 39 Flybridge Cruiser.
Most of my boating/sailing has been either in Pittwater or Sydney Harbour until I bought this Island Packet 440 four years ago in the USA. I have cruised it from the Gulf of Florida, around through the Keys to Miami and then up the East Coast, mostly the ICW, through and around The Chesapeake Bay with Annapolis being a favourite hangout. Then up through New York and onwards to Newport, Rhode Island before making my way back down to Florida. Some of this was solo and some with family/crew. Then solo to and through the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and then the Leeward and Windward Islands of the Caribbean to Grenada in the Far West Indies. Some of this was with a buddy boat which made it lots of fun. Then with 2 Aussie crew
from Grenada to Martinique and across the Caribbean Sea to Panama, through the Canal. Then the big trek down past the Galapagos and across the Pacific to The Marquesas and the start of French Polynesia, all in all about a month at sea. And here we are in Papeete after a wonderful, happy and uneventful (as in no gear failures) sail across the Pacific. Nor should there have been with new rigging and new sails and a well maintained and serviced engine and generator.
My crew has now departed back to their homes in Australia and I am in need of one or two crew for my onward trek to Australia, through this wonderful South Pacific.
About The Boat
Lee is the second owner of this Island Packet 440, built in the US in 2008. Designed for serious Blue Water Cruising, easy short hand sailing with a long keel and wheel steering. The boat is a quality build and is well maintained. The interior is spacious, comfortable and quiet. It has two full cabins, the owner’s cabin being in the bow and the guest cabin aft. The owner’s cabin has its own bathroom and the guest cabin has a double bed and a 2-way bathroom which can connect direct to the guest cabin and/or the salon area which incorporates the nav station, the dining area and 2 settees and the galley area. It works well with both sleeping and bathroom areas being at each end of the boat. It has a generator, solar panels, wind generator, water maker, new rigging and new set of sails including an asymmetrical spinnaker. It sails very easily with in mast furling, roller furling on the genoa and also on the staysail (which has it’s own small boom). And has an easy motion through the water due to it’s long keel which is also only 5ft deep so it has good clearance into the shallower areas of the islands. It also has the usual electronics plus iridium sat phone.
From Tahiti to Fiji – mid-August to mid-September – with as many stops along the way as time allows
Fiji – joining the Fiji Regatta from Musketcove – 15 to 20 September
From New Caledonia to Bundaberg – joining the Go West Rally – 16 October to 12 November
Either a couple or a single person or two single people – there is a rear guest bedroom or the main cabin has 2 full length and width settees that are very comfortable for 2 crew
Join for the part of the journey or for the whole trip
Crew to pay their own way – in getting to and from the boat wherever it may be and their share of expenses including fuel. Boat maintenance will be covered by Lee.
Cruising experience over a number of years, and not just a previous crossing or 3 would help.
You may need to be able to do emergency repairs if required, so experience with engine and general boat and rig repairs would be an advantage. All is well maintained, so this will only be for unforeseen circumstances.
How to Apply
If you are interested in joining Lee on this next adventure, then send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about your past sailing experience. Alternatively call us on
+61 (0)2 9999 3311 and ask for Rod to find out more information.