How to sail across the Atlantic Ocean?

Crew Resources

“Someday I sail across the Atlantic, starts TODAY!”

Here are some resources I wish were out there when I started figuring out how to sail the Atlantic Ocean as crew. Now, 4 Atlantic Crossings later, I figured out some things. I hope this helps! Make it happen! With Ocean love, Suzanne

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Ocean Nomad

All your Atlantic Ocean Sailing questions answered

“A highly organized and helpful book with routes, ports, websites, and even some of the bars you should hang-out or go dockwalking to find your ride. Clear thinking and attention to details make Ocean Nomad useful to any captain or crew for an ocean passage. Her passion for conservation and sustainability offers insight into a ‘vagabond’ lifestyle that is also socially responsible.” – Yachting World
Ocean Nomad is a 400-page interactive Atlantic Sailing Crew guide packed with inspiration and ‘how-to’s (and how not’s) on sailing the Atlantic ocean as crew. If you aspire to sail across the Atlantic, this is the resource to make it happen: happy, safe and meaningful. It is full of practical advice and stories, persuading and informing the traveller to go from the idea of “I would like to cross the Atlantic”, to sipping a coconut on the other side celebrating. Ocean Nomad provides a comprehensive look at all aspects of crewing (from how to find a boat (30 pages of crewwebsites, harbours and places to go Online & Offline), figuring out if boat/captain/crew is safe/capable, packing, provisioning and much more) with interviews of 32 captains, 58 crew members who sailed the Atlantic Ocean for a wide perspective. In addition to providing the ‘how-to’s of sailing across the Atlantic as crew, Ocean Nomad informs and raises awareness about the state of our ocean, including +75 actionable takeaways on how we can make a difference for a healthier ocean as sailors and anyone.
All proceeds of Ocean Nomad go into more ocean conservation projects.


Almost every day someone asks me this question. There is no straightforward way to find a boat to sail across the Atlantic. The most common three methods to find a boat are through connection via internet platforms, personal contact at the harbour, or referrals from your network. There is no fixed “best” approach. It depends on what kind of experience you want. It depends on luck. And it depends on your efforts. Keep an eye out on my Youtube Channel where I post videos on boat-hitchhiking and ocean discoveries – the good, the bad and the ugly. Here’s a list of crewwebsites. In the book, I dedicate 30 pages specifically to the topic of where to find a boat, including a review of the best crew websites to sign up for, which harbours to go to when, where to search locally and other tips and tricks how you can find out about boats looking for crew.

Occasionally I do and I share some of these opportunities in the Atlantic Ocean Crew facebook group or  Ocean Nomad community.

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