Greetings! Now that I've read pretty much every thread posted throughout YF, I figured there is enough collective knowledge kicking around here for my first post: Seeking a captain to get me through the hours and experience needed to sit for my 100GT and we figure no better way than on our incoming boat. I have hundreds of (undocumented) hours on various boats (all power with a couple of dozen under sail) from 30’ up to 50’ that we have owned and operated. We’re throwing caution to the wind and the incoming vessel will be our home/office and eventual getaway to the caribbean. The Vessel: 2003 81’ LOA 18.8’ Beam 6.2’ Draft Fully Loaded MTU 12V 183TE 94s 2X 20kw Kohler Gensets Bow Thruster Massive engine room. I'm not a small dude at 6'1" and have little issue reaching any systems and standing up. We’re at the survey stage of our purchase and barring any mechanical/electrical gotcha’s, we’ll be pulling the trigger on her. About us: I am a fully capable and hands on owner. I want to learn all of the systems on this vessel and will only farm out work that I cannot do on my own due to timing and/or access to technical data. I have deep experience in troubleshooting, repairing, replacing numerous mechanical, electrical, plumbing related items on smaller vessels. Unfortunately, the circumstances surrounding this particular vessel preclude me from leaning on the previous owner(s)/captain(s) for knowledge so it's going to be a educated risk based on extensive surveys of systems. So I am interested in a captain that has some pretty deep mechanical/systems aptitude for the following: Who I want: MTU Experience Above Average yacht maintenance chops Familiarity with various systems on larger recreational vessels You have patience, humor, candor and above all, you enjoy sharing your knowledge and are reliable. Who I don't want: Yacht management company Surly, condescending and flaky individual who pretty much hates life but needs a paycheck. This position in the beginning is going to be a lot of button pushing, switch flipping, knowledge dumping so I can compile an extensive library of knowledge to go it alone, eventually. Once we have the systems mapped out and brought into spec, we’re going to pilot the hell out of this vessel for the next year doing near coastal trips to build hours and gain confidence.