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Old 02-14-2000
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Aborted Crossing

Question:

Dear Sue & Larry,

I read with interest your story about the aborted trans-Atlantic crossing. Based upon what you wrote, it seemed like the correct choice but it must have taken some resolve to bail out considering the time and expenses that went into getting you there. A few questions came to mind as I read:

Was your trip supposed to be for remuneration or payment of expenses?
Generally, how would that be handled in a more normal setting where the trip actually occurred?

Also, I recalled an earlier article you wrote where you made reference to delivering a catamaran trans-Atlantic. Was that another vessel?

Finally, it would be a good article to write that talks more specifically about the problems encountered in this situation that led you to conclude that this boat was not the boat to leave port aboard. My wife and I greatly enjoy your articles and we look forward to joining you out there in 37 months, but who is counting?

WE ARE!
Regards,
Den & Kay Scanlon 
sv Cracker Jack


Answer:

Dear Den & Kay,

This was an extremely difficult article for us to write as the owners of the boat are friends of ours and we felt we had to be sensitive in how we talked about it. We simply didn't feel it proper to give the full excrutiating details leading to our decision to leave. Regarding the arrangements, we paid our own airfare over and back, and expenses once on the high seas would have been covered by the owners. This was not a "paid crew" situation. Every situation is different. Many deliveries do involve paid crew, where all transportation, expenses, and a daily fee are involved.

Glad you're enjoying our articles. 37 months will fly by and we look forward to seeing you out here.

Regards,
Sue & Larry

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