Join Date: Mar 2007
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For a day sail, less is more. Don't show up with a huge duffel that's hard to stow. So may I suggest that you just bring along a single pair of deck shoes? You can try the second pair when you get invited back. Yes, a change of clothes is a good idea, but consider leaving it in your car at the marina, as a "just in case." Good food, on the other hand, is always appreciated -- but let the owner know ahead what you plan to bring so he/she does not have to procure those provisions.
One way to endear yourself to the owner is to offer to arrive early if they need help with any boat chores. At the end of the day's sail, offer to help wash the deck or with some other obvious chore, like sail covers etc.
When I was younger and boatless, I would offer to meet boat-owning friends at the marina for a day of projects, with no sailing. During winter lay-up there are usually loads of projects and cleaning that go quicker with a second pair of hands. A few trips to the boatyard is a sure way to be first on the call-list when the owner needs crew after spring commissioning.