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It is a sad and deplorable situation where men who consider themselves fair and honorable treat hired help like slaves or indentured servants. If a boat owner doesn't have the ability or backbone to move his ship from one port to another by himself, then he hires crew. Good crew, real crew that you pay for their work and feed and house them. This isn't the damn prom or a political dinner - it's a job. You tell them when to work and when to sleep. When to eat and what to eat. There is no 'calling in sick' or taking a day off.
People who scrape up crew from the streets and tell the ridiculous lies of "providing them with great adventure and experience, a glorious trip through paradise", are beneath contempt and often get the miserable crews they so richly deserve. The abominable act of charging hired help on a per day basis is so greedy and selfish I should refrain from commenting on it.
For a good Captain, good crew is always available, if you're willing to pay their worth. If you're not willing to pay, well, you get what you pay for, don't you. You hire a crew for a crossing, feed them well and give them a fair and structured regimin that they can quickly adjust to and feel comfortable with. When you reach your destination, you get them to a hotel where they can eat, rest and clean up, then to the airport where you have paid for the flights. Last, you stuff a fat handful of cash into their hands and say, 'Thanks a lot', and they always say, 'Any time, man, any time at all.'
It's no more than common decency. Those who don't do this want something for nothing, and what's worse, they want someone else to do it for them. The practice of skinning crew to get your work done is abhorant.
Just my humble opinion.
Last edited by Hawkeye25; 05-04-2007 at 07:42 AM.