Originally Posted by Capt Len
When was the last time you asked some young people on the dock Help me carry these bags to the boat?? Want to come sailing?? Your concerns about potential litigation evaporates on their response of ' Duh,How much you pay?'
and i'd pay someone to come enjoy a day of sailing, for what reason? i suppose if i had the kind of disposable wealth where i could just throw it about...
i'm not sure that hiring deck hands is a large scale solution to the issue, except for the rich.
although, perhaps, it might be a chance for the more well off in the sailing community to encourage future generations to sail. and, pehaps schools and yacht clubs could also take up that practice. while not something that all of us can do, it isn't a bad idea...for the people or organizations that possess that kind of capital.
for my part, i'd gladly offer some young person the chance to go sailing ( especially if she's cute
) but i can't, very well, afford to pay them for it!
i think, at least in the US, there would be a very real risk of litigation, from disgruntled parents, if a strange adult tried to lure their kid onto a boat. i think a private individual would have to restrict that kind of thing to 18+ type young people. everyone seems more than ready to accuse everyone and their brother of improper behavior towards minors...regardless of presense or lack of evidence.
organizations, however, could advertise ( in free media like craigslist or the local bulletin board at the grocery store ) for young people to offer them the opportunity of income and adventure during summer break. it would be a sort of reverse sailing camp. normal sailing camp being where people pay you to take their kids sailing, instead of you paying kids to come sailing.