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Re: Cruising yachts behaving if they're doing us a favour
Well you do now.
Originally Posted by killarney_sailor
Punctuation is not clear, but I think I would be accused of being a Kiwi -pretty flattering company to keep for a sailor. I don't know anyone who pays for crew air fares too and from, although I was asked for this by a TransPac racer, a legend inhis own mind, who used to frequent SN.
Nearly all my trips are that arrangement. Nearly as not for the first few years as I was inexperienced and sick off neglected boats with equipement that did not work and the food they supplied on board that motivated the change.
Reason could be Celestrial navigation qualifications. Requirement was for vessels leaving offshore had to have at least one person on board that could navigate using Celestrial navigation via Sextant and tables. A Statuory safety requirement.
I don't use the air sight reduction tables.
Many boats could not find such qualified crew and could not leave and where quite releived I did not ask for payment as well. I was just happy to provide the service so as they could realise their desire / dreams, even before they had to hand their knife and fork in to do a offshore passage, cruise, race. I think the requirement still exisits. If you have a vessel and you can't navigate using celestrial navigation then you pay the going conditions/ demands / offers or stay in the marina.
Its a bit like sex. If you don,t ask you will not get a yes. But that has changed also.