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i re read the recent posts on this topic and have a few comments.
First- I am THE Captain- but i have never had to use those words with anyone i have ever sailed with. ( it kind of like saying it my ball so you play by my rules).
I gain my "power" as captain by experience, calmness, ( i have NEVER raised my voice on any boat ever), example ,and respect of my crew.
i mention the points about smoking and drinking as many of my crew come from as far as the west coast (we being in europe, the caribbean, or east coast).
it would be unfortunate for a crewperson to show up in france facing a trans atlantic trip having a serious smoking/drinking habit and not be able to smoke or drink.
this is therefore mentioned as a courtesy.
the matter of the $400-
i sail frequently with a new crew members who i have never met.
even though we are all in the sailing fraternity, i do not leave Cash sitting out in plain sight. If i am sailing with old crew then i will leave all my stuff out. After all when i am sleeping ,the crew on watch has my life in their hands, a little more valuable than 400 bucks.
with respect to crew retention, i have had about 30 crewmembers who have come from either OPO or the internet and my difficulty now is who to pick for my next passage and not where i am i going to find crew.
as a final note. i use the crew agreement only once with a crewmember.
after that, on future passages, we are friends and understand each other.