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Re: Cruising yachts behaving if they're doing us a favour
In the U.S. it is pretty simple. If you require payment from people that you take on board (whether you call it a "contribution" or "sharing" or whatever else) then you are operating commercially and must have all the appropriate licenses, insurance, certifications, and so forth. If you ask people to share expenses, but will take them on board even if they do not make such a contribution, then you are not operating commercially.
Personally, if I pay then I am a passenger--I will act like a passenger, and I will expect to be treated like a passenger. If you want me to be a crew member then I will not pay you, and if this is an overnight passage then at the very least I expect you to provide me with meals and a berth.
Can any body else confirm this. Perhaps that why there is such a high no payment contribution required in the poll.
Reading the forums one gets the impression that contribution is considerably more common than free on board. You hardly ever see crew wanted posts free on board they all seem contribution required posts.
Is that because free on board skippers have readily available crew no's as opposed to having access to local crew that will readily contribute.