He may be close, but he sounds kind of angry. Plus, I'd rather go for a short sail beforehand than have coffee or beer. It's cheaper, and I've found a lot of people (e.g., ones who've only taken ASA courses) can't steer worth a darn. And the crew should want to check the boat for holes and see what kind of a sailor I am. Perhaps I can't steer worth a darn, either.
Lol...I'm not angry, but I don't take $hit from people, so that's probably why I come across that way.
Plenty of people want to sail with me, so maybe I'm not all bad.
I'm interested in your trip planning, it sounds like a lot of fun. My dance card is filling up though. I have a Wednesday night racing series I'll be crewing for, a few distance races in my own boat, lots of local cruising planned for the season, and then probably Frostbites in the West River with the PCRC.
Do keep posting about your planning, your intentions and your eventual results. I learn a lot from this stuff.