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Re: Limits of Captains authority
Unless crew are in the military or employed by the ship with the captain as the supervisor, then in all other cases, "crew" are guests of the vessel. As such, the "captain" can't make them do anything. He can ask, plead, cajole or anything else, but the guests are free to do as they please.
The captain title is a courtesy but my legal authority is limited. While I am responsible for my guests safety, I can't make them do anything.
I should have phrased it more in terms of what is expected rather than legal terms.
And if it is depending on what is expected it would make a difference between grandmas first time and and someone that was taken on explicitly to help with either a boat move or race.
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It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
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