This thread is so sad. I guess a testemant to the times we live in.
I don't see it that way. I too have been sailing for years - 55 to be semi-exact. I have crewed, raced, recruited crew on my boat, etc. What motivated me to post this thread is that the people I am recruiting are much removed from my former crews. It is easy in the US to check people out. I also, perhaps incorrectly, presume they have similar attitudes with respect to risk and liability. My crews are now international. They may have different backgrounds, life experiences, and expectations about liability. As a consequence I have reduced to writing a lot of things that I used to pass on verbally to my crew. I have created a "standing orders" document that is primarily the standard operating procedures for Reboot.
I used the term "limitation of liability" in this thread because it was the one area where I was looking for some good language but it is part of a document - call it a contract - that lays out my relationship to the crew, for example:
1. Who pays the cost of getting to and from Reboot,
2. Expected arrival and departure dates,
3. Required contributions to operation (normally one share of the food costs,)
4. My expectations about health insurance,
5. Medical needs,
6. Emergency contact information
5. Citizenship information (primarily for the crew list checking into and out of countries
The purpose is to assure that there is no misunderstanding about rights and responsibilities and that I have the data I need to deal with local authorities and provide proper care in the event of a medical problem or accident.
Also, in the event of a serious problem I want to make sure that not only my temporary crew but also his/her family, successors, agents, insurance companies, etc. know the score. I know from personal experience that very reasonable people can get very crazy and nasty when egged on by a lawyer looking at what the lawyer believes to be a large contingency fee.
You have your point of view and I have mine. Just as many Captains will no longer take on crew that smokes you would not be welcome on my boat unless you signed the "contract." All that means is we don't agree.
Fair winds and following seas.