Re: Gaining experience from being crew...
I have had nothing but great experience volunteering for deliveries. I've crewed on a J160 with all the bells and whistles; a Swan 42; a couple of new Benteaus; and a couple of old classics such as a Valiant 42 and a Lord Nelson 42. All my experiences have been good and I have made some great friends. I picked up the positions through Off Shore Passage Opportunity. I think I pay $200 a year for membership, and I get probably 4-8 crew postings a month on average. You usually pay to get to and from the destination, but on board expenses are paid for. The person seeking crew will tell you what they are looking for and you relay your experience. I thinks most skippa's are looking for someone responsible with a good attitude and willing to learn. I love sailing and for me it's like a free vacation. And I have learned alot from other crew members and the captains.