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Re: Sailing with friends for a week, expenses?
The thread is drifting a little off-topic but I think the OP would be OK with that - some interesting thoughts.
I believe that a boat is no place for a democracy - on my boat I'm in charge and what I say goes.
When it's time to tack a call goes out (from me) "stand by to tack" - 30 seconds later (that's the time you need to put away your drink, get yourself to a place where you can help or out of the way) the next call goes out "Ready about" and 30 seconds later "Tacking". If you're not ready, deal with it. The reason we're tacking is because it has to be done. Now. There is no discussion.
Smokers coming onto my boat are in for some tough times - mostly dealing with withdrawl - there is no smoking on my boat. No matter what.
Whilst we're talking about drinks and their effect on passengers, what about prescription drugs? We had a crew person who sailed an ocean passage with us and I discovered after 3 days of her "sleeping really well" that she was going off watch and dosing herself up on sleeping tablets.
When asked why she said she has issues with depression and without the tablets she doesn't sleep very well. I asked her if I could see the tablets she was taking and when she handed them to me, they went straight overboard. The last thing I want when things get desperate and we have to abandon the vessel is a comatose person in a bunk . That was 5 years ago and guess what? She no longer suffers from "depression" and she has never again found the need to take any sleeping tablets.
So word of advice, check this sort of thing if you're going on an extended voyage with new crew or even long-time friends, this person was known to us since she was an infant..
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