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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!
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I'd have to agree with Valiente...

If your hackles go up for any reason, or you get a funny feeling in the pit of your stomach... bail. Your subconscious has probably figured out something is wrong that your conscious mind won't figure out for at least a few more days... being stuck on a boat, in the middle of the ocean, with a captain or crewman that is not up to par... is not a good situation and doesn't leave you much choice but to tough it out...

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I'd have to agree with Valiente...

If your hackles go up for any reason, or you get a funny feeling in the pit of your stomach... bail. Your subconscious has probably figured out something is wrong that your conscious mind won't figure out for at least a few more days... being stuck on a boat, in the middle of the ocean, with a captain or crewman that is not up to par... is not a good situation and doesn't leave you much choice but to tough it out...

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Think of some psycho going Billy Zane on you Dead Calm style. Come to think of it, maybe it's not best to crew for TJC90210 after all. Damn, now I have to change my summer plans.

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