Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Appleton ME USA
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thanks, camaderie, for backing me up. these weren't my terms from the beginning, but my boss's, and i was trying to stay within them.
i had about 20 persons respond, ready to accept these terms - i interviewed three of them extensively, while sharing my credentials and details about the boat. like you said, most of the candidates were competent sailors trying to build time toward a license, or semi-retired guys with or without boats, looking for an experienced and cooperative captain who might teach them some things while they gain the offshore experience they are looking for.
as for being nuts, i assure all of those skeptics that i am not. i have many references which i share with my prospective crewmembers. as for checking everything out to the last detail...sometimes time is of the essence, and those who wait for everything to be "perfect" get left at the dock while those who go on gut feelings from several e-mail and telephone interviews get to go on exciting adventures with considerate, cooperative crewmembers, eating well and being safe the whole way from great harbor to great harbor. better than sitting at a computer and fighting about whether some other member's terms are "acceptable" or not!
once again, camaderie, thank you for your support - i'm off to tahiti on tuesday with a fantastic crew!
all the best, everyone -