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Of course it was condescending...
Of course the "Chesapeake Lions" comment was condescending, which is the way blanc has answered every post, except those few that support him.
I was initially intrigued by the trip. Like most of the sailors here, I would like to gain more offshore experience.
I disagree with the idea that a captain who posts a crew-wanted ad has only invited private e-mail responses. Anyone can register here and post any message he or she likes, provided it complies with the rules. That is the nature of an internet forum - it is not a one-way communication. That is also freedom of expression. Of course, responses should be somewhat relevant to the original post and the subforum.
We are a community, too, and many of us have enjoyed getting to know each other better through our participation in the forum posts, which can be informative and entertaining at the same time. Someone who posts here for the first time in a self-serving manner has opened himself up to greater inquiry and suspicion.
Going offshore in someone else's boat is a very serious matter. Every week, we read about offshore passages that have gone wrong, sometimes due to the poor judgment of the captain, or due to problems between the captain and the crew. The EPIRB incidents are perfect examples of those problems.
I believe a captain or crew member who posts here has subjected himself to a public interview process. We are all equals here, some crew are captains and some captains crew. An absurd question is perfectly legitimate inquiry in a job interview or any other interview.
Blanc could have answered any of the crew questions with grace and humor, instead of hostility, defensiveness and malice. (He also went out of his way to repeatedly insult our fellow member sawingknots, who is a good guy and a valuable contributor to the forum, despite being grammatically challenged).
For example, in response to sawingknots humorous question about uniforms, he could have said, "I don't require uniforms, but you are free to wear one if it is your regular practice."
In response to my EPIRB question, he could have answered, "A boat is not a democracy, only the captain will activate the EPIRB, if he can remember where he hid it, and only if the boat is sinking, or a crew member is seriously hurt."
In response to my half-joking boat rules question, he could have answered, "Sorry, no guns, no shooting at buoys, no drugs, no mutinies, but I will not search your bags. Perhaps you would be more interested in a hunting trip."
He also could have legitimately declined to be interviewed or answered, "E-mail me with any ridiculous questions."
This forum is working well as an open exchange of information. If you do not like the way this particular captain has been exposed, or you feel that you are exempt from any public inquiry from potential crew because you feel you are somehow superior, perhaps you should consider other avenues for seeking crew. A captain may be tested in far more trying circumstances than an internet forum, and the crew's lives may be depending on the outcome of that test.