Gael Simon

Quebec, Quebec, Canada

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  • Delivery and charter skipper
  • Microbiology at Université Laval
  • From Quebec City
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About Me


Improve my ability to live in dynamic equilibrium with the world


I like to explore spaceship earth using the forces of nature. I had a lot of very different work experiences from mining prospection to aeronautical composites including energy efficient lighting, organic gardening, construction/landscaping and lifescience research but I gave up the grind and am now a 21st century nomadic hunter gatherer.

I like the forced fast learning curves of new environments, but especially meeting new people and learning from interesting discussions with people from different cultures or backgrounds.


Caring less about objects, more about people, and minding footprint of everyday actions and decisions.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I used to live with two other couch surfers, and we welcomed CSers in our Montreal appartement. I have couch surfed unofficially for a while and am now using the site to broaden my horizon. I welcome couch surfers on my boat when I can, and when people in the port I am in are in trouble.

I am very demanding as a skipper, and whether you are an avid sailor or you step on a deck for the first time, you will have to respect the rules of the boat, learn fast, work hard, and pay attention not to damage or dirty the boat, or you'll see the dark grumpy side of your captain. For your own safety, and because it is my home, my work tool, and the vehicle a whole team depends on to compete pretty seriously, I will not make any compromise on the way I sail for you. Now you know.


While I was liveaboard on my 24 footer racing sailboat, I had to find places to live during the canadian winter, So I traded my time and skills at home improvement or boat maintenance/repair against couches in Canada or in the US, mostly in my personnal contact network. I then joined before going on a road trip across America during which my friend and I met awesome couchsurfers. During the past year, I had dozens of couch surfers on board S/V GravlaX for trips of a day, a week, or sometimes thousands of nautical miles, sharing my passion for sailing and teaching them how to get there safely, fast, and gracefully (when weather allows ;).


Sailing, road biking and cyclotouring, Yoga, green building, organic gardening, and sustainability in general.

Music, Movies, and Books

Rock and reggae from the 60's and 70's, Swing, Jazz and blues, Rap and Hip hop, electro, funk, tango and classical music.
Books about sailing and maritime tradition, boudhism and ecology.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Sailed across the Atlantic Ocean twice in 40 days.

Teach, Learn, Share

I like to communicate my passion for the sea and my knowledge of the places where I have lived. I also like to tell salty stories and to cook, eat and drink with new friends.

Countries I’ve Visited

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, New Zealand, Saint Lucia, United States, Virgin Islands, British

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, France, Mexico, United States

Old School Badges

  • Vouches
    3 Vouches
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