hi cliff - and all others with contrary opinions -
i certainly do not trust my life to novices. and it's the owners, after all, who do not want to pay crew, isn't it?
everyone does what they have to do. i have taken plenty of free crew on many trips. all are glad to get away and be out there. their make their money back home - most times far more than we are making in this scrappy business. i am happy to make these trips available to these great - and grateful - persons. and happy to sail with these knowledgeable and experienced sailors. i certainly do not trust my life to novices. and
by the way, for all those who do not know about spirit airlines: yesterday they had many dates with fares from STT to MIA for $63-$124, one way. i've flown them before myself - far cheaper than american airlines!
have a good day -
i see VERY FEW paying positions on this site at all - with no airfares paid also. not on sailnet and findacrew as well. do members really send their "Really?" replies to all those postings too?
as i said, many persons working in the cold of winter are thrilled to come along. i'm happy to give them that opportunity. this is not exactly a cold, treacherous trip - watching a radar for 6 hours a day in shorts and a t-shirt, listening to an ipod and eating well for free, is pretty darn easy to take.
my mother used to say "if you don't have something nice to say...don't say it." how wonderful forums would be if that were the case, huh?
I agree with you, Jim. I don't have the time but if I had, I would be glad to go sailing for a week or two on a sound boat with a good captain. Even if I had to pay for a rental car to get to and/or from the boat. Actually, only half of it.
I understand that people protest when conditions are outrageous. Like when crew are asked to actually pay for doing a miserable trip (ICW in January), or when their duties include heavy cleaning, boat maintenance etc. Or, worst of all, when there are serious doubts about suitability of captain and/or boat.
But contributing half of their own transportation cost when the trip, boat and captain all are apparently good seems very reasonable to me.