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The September and the current issues of Ocean Navigator have a textbook example of "he said/he said", where the skipper makes disparging remarks about a crew who requests off the boat partway through the trip, and said crew then writes to the letters page of the same magazine citing the skipper's selective memory, dubious practices, and selfish behaviour. The capper? The skipper's response to the letter was pretty much an abject and possibly libel-law motivated apology.
Yet more evidence that it is mutually beneficial for both crew and skippers to assess each others' skills and personalities prior to leaving on a delivery or other long passage, and if you hear a warning bell, to heed it. In this way, the psychology of successful crewing resembles the logic of successful reefing: if you think it's time to reef, it likely is!