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Re: Sailing with friends for a week, expenses?
My wife and I often have guest for long weekends or even longer trips, like the one you are planning. First of all, it is technically illegal to ask for "consideration" in return for the voyage, unless you are a USCG certified captain or sailing outside of US waters. If you ask for money for fuel, marinas, then you are receiving pay for the voyage. Even if you ask for food, booze, whatever.
For practical purposes, we do not ask our crew/guests to pay for anything that we would have had to pay for if it was just us. Fuel and marinas fall into this category. On long trips, we often ask each crew to plan and prepare simple meals while underway or at anchor (Bob, you make breakfast on Saturday for everyone; Jimmy, you make lunch...and so on). We include ourselves when dividing up the meal plan. Ashore, it is each to his own (unless it is a special occasion or a race or something where I'll pick up the tab). Although not expected, it is nice when the crew picks up our tab for dinners ashore.
We've also started asking crew to bring thier own linens, blankest, towels, etc.
We bring plenty of booze, beer, soft drinks, and water for everyone. The crew/guests do the same almost always.
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