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Old 09-10-2008   #1
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Female Crew Wanted

Looking for female crew for a 40 ft sailboat with some experience.
We are a married couple in our 50's retired and ready to take on the right person as crew for our annual trip to the Bahamas. There is no pay but the potential for experience and fun is endless. Send all email to liv4sun@gmail.com

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Looking for female crew for a 40 ft sailboat with some experience.
We are a married couple in our 50's retired and ready to take on the right person as crew for our annual trip to the Bahamas. There is no pay but the potential for experience and fun is endless. Send all email to liv4sun@gmail.com

Boat 40 foot sloop/convertible cutter
Year 2007
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Why are most the crew wanted posts for females?
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Guys are smelly and all around just more offensive?
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Guys are smelly and all around just more offensive?
What the @!#$&* you talkin about?!?

I never did understand the fascination with female crew. Well, maybe I do if you're looking for bow candy, but I don't see where having a male crew would put you at a disadvantage. When I look for crew, I don't care what parts they have, just that the job gets done.
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In this case I suspect the OP's wife is making the decision.
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I have used crew on two voyages. Once a guy with sailing experience delivering boats and the other with a young girl (23) who had hardly been on a sailing boat before. The one qualifying statement about the girl is that we have known her all her life but that is academic to this comment.

The guy "knew it all" and was constantly interfering with the running of the ship in ways that he was not invited, making poor decisions when on watch alone and generally was a PITA. We got rid of him at our earliest opportunity.

The girl by contrast knew nothing and made no pretences of knowing anything. She did exactly what she was told to do, nothing added, nothing omitted. When on a night watch alone, she would call me if anything happened that was out of the ordinary. A light on the horizon, a wind shift, unusual noises, anything. She never made bad decisions because she never made any decisions. Only by the time we got to the end of the voyage was she making some decisions but they were based on what she learned from us so in our view she always got them right.

I spoke to a very seasoned voyager years ago and he said that he only ever uses younger (because they're generally fitter and stronger) ladies who know nothing of sailing because that way his extensive sailing experience is never challenged.

My second experience was exactly that and I'll never have a male stranger on my boat as crew again. Ever.

So it's unfair to suggest that we choose younger ladies for reasons that are frivolous or dishonarable.

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I have used crew on two voyages. Once a guy with sailing experience delivering boats and the other with a young girl (23) who had hardly been on a sailing boat before. The one qualifying statement about the girl is that we have known her all her life but that is academic to this comment.

The guy "knew it all" and was constantly interfering with the running of the ship in ways that he was not invited, making poor decisions when on watch alone and generally was a PITA. We got rid of him at our earliest opportunity.

The girl by contrast knew nothing and made no pretences of knowing anything. She did exactly what she was told to do, nothing added, nothing omitted. When on a night watch alone, she would call me if anything happened that was out of the ordinary. A light on the horizon, a wind shift, unusual noises, anything. She never made bad decisions because she never made any decisions. Only by the time we got to the end of the voyage was she making some decisions but they were based on what she learned from us so in our view she always got them right.

I spoke to a very seasoned voyager years ago and he said that he only ever uses younger (because they're generally fitter and stronger) ladies who know nothing of sailing because that way his extensive sailing experience is never challenged.

My second experience was exactly that and I'll never have a male stranger on my boat as crew again. Ever.

So it's unfair to suggest that we choose younger ladies for reasons that are frivolous or dishonarable.

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I spoke to a very seasoned voyager years ago and he said that he only ever uses younger (because they're generally fitter and stronger) ladies who know nothing of sailing because that way his extensive sailing experience is never challenged.
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Once it has been established that the "final" decision will be mine AND that in the event of a crisis situation we will not be having committee meetings I am perfectly happy to have my "extensive sailing experience" challenged. As unlikely it as it sounds, I have come to accept that there is a very slight chance that I might on rare occasions be "wrong". Life must be very simple for people who surround themselves with newbies to prevent themselves being "challenged".
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