If you don't think it's work, read about rockDAWG's latest delivery "Most Exhausting Delivery thus far" It is work.
I love sailing, too, and I did deliveries years ago and enjoyed all of it, but it was hard work. You are delivering a boat most times because the owner knows better. The boats are not always as they have been represented to you, most have been sitting for a long time with little maintenance, and you are delivering with a short handed crew. Sure, you might be able to find more crew, but were do you put them? Most boats have at best two good sea berths if you are lucky. And what about experienced crew? I've done too many deliveries with inexperienced crew (crew tend to misrepresent their experience) and it's dangerous. Most experienced blue water sailors are not going to pay an owner to deliver their boat, and that's what you are doing when crew pay an expense such as travel that an owner should be taking out of his pocket.
I'm with James 100%. Stop paying to deliver boats and a lot of abuse stops with it. I got out of deliveries years ago because I simply could not pay my bills. That's the reality of the situation. I'm about to retire this year and maybe I'll dip my toes in the delivery pool again since I don't have to worry about money, but I still would not do it for free.
Yeap, it is work. I often work like a slave, repairing, cleaning the head, on my knees clean floor or whatever need to be done. The reward is that I can continue to gain is the experience to sail many different boats in many different conditions. It is the experience that I value in a relatively short period of time. I have met many good captain/owner and become good friends through sailing other peoples boat. Many have served as my reference for me in the past either openly or thru private conversation to help me to secure more position. Like this one
Crew, Captain and Owner Feedback
Unfortunately, Sailing others people can rub other people in a wrong way. Like this one:
Most Exhausting Delivery thus far
Perhaps they think I will eat away their only likelihood of income. It will bring haters in your way. But hey, we are in a capitalism society. Money is everywhere, one just needs to know how to pick it up.
Set your objective, stay on course, ignore the noise and reach your goals. Oh yeah, pay attentions to your SO when at home. LOL