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Krozet, yes I did tell my friend about my displeasure that he was inviting extra guests, and he brushed off my concerns, saying they were only coming for short visits, 5 days at a time, and we were going to be on the boat for six weeks, so two weeks of having guests is not a big deal.... I pointed out my goals for this six weeks one of which is to write the rough draft of a book I've been wanting to find the time to write for a number of years now. He said they are his guests and he will take the responsibility to keep them entertained. He says they are people that I will enjoy meeting, that I will have a lot in common with, etc. Bottom line is, this is not how I envisioned I would spend this time.
Volkhard, I think you have hit the nail on the head. Absolutely I'm stuck being the captain while my friend is the hero.
TQA, you bring up an interesting problem that I had not considered, and I can certainly see how the situation can look like I am chartering without a license. Unfortunately the reality is that I don't expect to be compensated for my "services" which include taking responsibility for their safety while they are aboard my boat. I can just imagine them taking long showers and using up all the fresh water on board which I will have to pay to replace.
I like the idea of them staying ashore during their visits which will give me the private time I'm looking for to pursue my individual goals. I really don't want the hassle of adding them to the crew list then taking them off. The fewer visits to Customs and Immigration the better.