Join SHIBUMI on her next ocean passage to earn sea miles and off-shore sailing experience.

To contact us to indicate your interest in crewing aboard SHIBUMI, click here.

Gain sea time and enhance your offshore skills with a classic trade winds passage.   Sail in comfort and safety on a 65′ Alan Wright designed New Zealand built pilot house ketch which has already sailed twice around the world. She is slowly heading westward toward New Zealand.

Understand or even be involved in the planning, provisioning and preparation for a trans-oceanic passage.  Come aboard and learn these crossing skills so that someday you can do it on your own. 

The husband-wife owners are both USCG captains, and each has completed three transatlantic passages. For their sailing résumé’s click here.  At sea, SHIBUMI is a non-smoking and non-alcoholic beverage environment.  At anchor, we have a ball.

Be safe, have fun, eat well and learn:
to provision a vessel for an ocean passage.  Passage meals can be excellent, despite rumors to the contrary.
to use safety, electrical and support systems prior to departure,
to determine an initial weather window,
to manage a heavy displacement ketch to maximize her performance,
to schedule watches comparing advantages and choices,
to ensure the safety of personnel and vessel underway,
to use radar and ARPA,
to utilize heavy weather tactics and gear,
to read multi-national weather faxes and GRID files,
to adjust for weather system changes underway,
to use and compare three different electronic navigation systems,
to communicate to onshore trackers while at sea using SSB and Ham radio,
to maintain property and morale,
and much, much more!


We will not teach celestial navigation although you may use our sextant for self training or practice.

Passage dates and details:


To contact us to indicate your interest in crewing on this voyage, click here.

Actual photos underway while …

managing the vessel to maximize performance

using radar and ARPA to track targets

routing SHIBUMI using electronic charting techniques

selecting and standing watches,

provisioning the vessel for all the ship’s needs

communicating to onshore trackers while at sea,

hoisting the sails

helmsman underway, making way

To contact us to indicate your interest in crewing on this voyage, click here.