Snowflake, I deliver a few boats each year. Both coasts, Mexico, the Bahamas, VI's, Hawaii, trans-Atlantic, trans-/Pacific, et al. Your passage is quite certainly a delivery and not a island to island sailing vacation. On all of my deliveries the owner has paid my airfare, my expenses, covered my provisions, and compensated me for my time, knowledge, and efforts. You might call your passage a vacation but your crew will be getting tired, cold, wet, sitting watches in the wee hours, etc. In short, they WILL BE WORKING.
But I'm a reasonable guy so I'll make you a deal similar to the one you offer.
Fly yourself to my home, live in half of my walk-in closet, let me wake you up every six hours, throw cold salt water on you a few times a night, then during the day you can help pay for the materials and you can help me paint my house. I'll even let you do all the stuff up high and the hardest parts of the job. When we're done painting you fly yourself home. If you do that I'll be more than happy to fly myself to your boat, get woke up every six hours, endure cold, salt water dousings, and do whatever needs to be done on your boat to get it non-stop from the Canaries to the Caribbean.
Thats esentially the same deal your offering. But hey! It's not a job! Consider it a vacation!
Regardless, I wish you the very best and fair winds on your passage.
You are really missing the point aren't you, let me explain it in terms you might be able to understand.
How many people do you think there are in the world who have had the lifelong dream of working on your house? The All Knowing, All Seeing, Uncle Ruckus has the answer to that....ZERO, NIL, ZILCH, ZED, NOT A DAMN ONE! However there are thousands of folks who have always dreamed of crossing an ocean on a small boat. Now how many businesses make a living charging people thousands of dollars to come work on your house?... see answer above, but a quick look at the ARC website will reveal dozens of charter boats that charge big money for the opportunity to make this passage. Do you see the difference here? Is there anyone that can explain it to you?
For many of those charter boats the ARC is their biggest event of the year. Big Spirit, a 72' Challenge boat, is making the passage and then returning 6 weeks later and has paying crew in both directions.
Now I suppose there will always be people looking to get something for nothing, the kinds with their hands out trying to grab all they can, that expect others to support them, feed them and pay for their travel. But true sailors do it for the love of sailing. Kinda reminds me of these charter skippers that expect the guest to pick up their bar and dinner tabs when they eat on shore, how pathetic is that.
The title of this page is crew wanted, not free room and board, or lucrative marine employment opportunities. If the deal being offered isn't for you then don't apply for it, that's pretty simple to understand isn't it. But when people post these positions and get nothing but a bunch of BS from the same blowhards, it will only make others less willing to offer these opportunities to those of us who would love to make passages that would otherwise be beyond our means.
And if I could get the time off from work I would cut off my left gonnad with a pair of rusty hedge clippers to take advantage of the fantastic opportunity that this gentleman is offering.