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11-20-2015 06:59 PM
Jammer Six
Re: Crew, Captain and Owner Feedback

I discovered the other main value of a written contract in business. American courts usually define a contract, in general, as "a meeting of the minds."

Sitting down and trying to write down what the contract is invariably reveals, very plainly and very quickly, whether or not a genuine meeting of the minds exists. If it does, the contract will be easy to write. If it doesn't, someone will say "wait a minute, what?"
11-20-2015 03:23 PM
NJ Mc Call
Re: Crew, Captain and Owner Feedback

This thread has been interesting reading. There are risks picking up crew as well as crewing for a not all there skipper. The AST story was something that grabs your attention.

As the one gentleman pointed out a contract and there were those of you that took exception to that. Regardless of what you call it a written agreement that's discussed agreed-upon and signed by all parties is important. It's easy to forget or did remember definitely what was discussed in the past and that piece of paper is great to refer to later.

I used to get my sailing fix (before I own my own boat) by helping friends move their boats primarily between Alaska and the lower 48. Some trips from British Columbia to Mexico and back. I was fortunate that I had a job that gave me the time to do these trips. I would do this for expenses, airfare groceries. Over time, other people that weren't friends or acquaintances were coming to me for the same services. One individual needed his boat moved from Bellingham, Washington to Seldovia AK. This person was heavy into electronics. He told me about GPS and a program from map tech where you could have charts on the computer. I was really intrigued. We made an agreement that I would skipper his boat and would not be forced to meet a schedule and safety would prevail. If we could not complete the trip and what time we had, we would dock the boat, I would fly back so I could go to work and would come back and complete the trip when I was off.

He went to the boat about 3 weeks prior to the trip started getting things ready. He had his new electronic gadgets all set up, but in neglected things like running the lines, getting the sales out of the bags or any those minor things. It should of told me something. I arrived with a full set of tools, 32 old black-and-white copies of British Columbia charts as he had told me he had charts for Alaska. It took 4 days of work just getting the boat ready to leave with a long list of stuff to be worked on when time allowed.

We went to the grocery store to provision for the trip. At the checkout counter his credit card was denied so I forked mine over (clue number 2). We pulled out of the slip with him at the helm to go to the fuel dock. There was well over 100 foot of dock space without another vessel there. It took him 15 minutes to get close enough that I could throw line to the fuel hand. His credit card worked this time. We had to motorways till we finally picked up a little bit of a breeze and put sales up to see how the vessel handled.

He had pretty well turned over handling the vessel, route planning to me. I would take the waypoints off the laptop (a 486 computer) write them down, and he would enter them into the GPS. Periodically he would take a turn at the helm as the autopilot was nonfunctional. He was always asking me where we were going to stop what was it like, and when we get there. He was spend hours lying in his birth reading the sci-fi novel.

It appeared the problem with the autopilot was that the Gyro needed to sit in mineral oil, and there wasn't enough mineral oil for it to function. We picked up some mineral oil in a pharmacy/drugstore in new Bella. The autopilot when 1st turned on would go nuts, but would settle down and hold decent course. This allowed me to work on other things while he was keeping watch for a couple hours in the cockpit.

Somewhere in the Grenville channel checking the engine oil it was low, 1 quart. I went to get oil out of one of the gallon containers and discovered it wasn't oil but diesel that are been drained out of the fuel filters. Before leaving Bellingham I had made a request that he get enough oil for 2 complete oil changes, as well as other things. We did not have a spare quart of oil on board.

Exiting the Grenville channel we picked up a nice breeze and opted to continue to Ketchikan rather than stop in Prince Rupert. I checked the oil at the fuel dock and we were down 1 1/2 quarts. He only wanted to buy 2 quarts. I requested that he obtained the fluids on my list that I'd given him in Bellingham. Also that he take a shower. He said sponge baths were okay with him. I let him know there were not okay with me, and he needed a shower. This was not something he wanted to do so. I said fine. I would catch the next flight out and he would be on his own.

I discovered that he only had two charts of Alaska, one that covered Kodiak to Seattle and the other one. A detailed chart of Sitka, but his map tech charts should be there a CD any day. He wasn't willing to purchase any paper charts. This was the last straw. I opted to fly back home to go to work. He did not have a flashlight on the boat. Very few tools and his only coat consisted of a light polar fleece jacket. I left my tools, coat, float coat, rain gear and a few charts of Alaska that had been mixed in with my British Columbia charts.

About 9 months later I was able to get a hold of him. He wanted to keep what I had left him for payment, for what I owed him. He told me several other friends have helped him finally get to Seldovia. One had been an idiot because he failed to take off the stern line when he drove away from the dock and ripped the stern cleat out. I was out 5 airplane tickets, grocery expenses and several hundred dollars worth of personal equipment that I've left him because he needed it. We had a verbal agreement that was remembered differently. My mistake.

On another occasion, the owner was not going to be available for the trip and I needed to find crew. One individual can do me with an impressive resume. He was intelligent, articulate, and seemed to be too good to be true. His 1st name was Joe and do a little research and found out there was also a Joshua and a Joseph with the same last name that have multiple felony convictions in all of these guys have the same birthday. Not the kind of guy you want to have crewing with you in the middle of nowhere.

I have skippered friends vessels in one was the best trip I have ever had and that was because of the quality of the owner of the boat. He was an exceptional man that I was fortunate enough to get to know.

There are probably better ways now than there were in the past to determine if you want that person to skipper your vessel or crew for you. Be cautious.

11-14-2015 11:21 PM
Jammer Six
Re: Crew, Captain and Owner Feedback

Originally Posted by jgragrg View Post
The skipper is responsible for life and limb etc and indiscretions of all crew. Its easier to not have them onboard. When I was a teenager, I crewed on many yachts/boats/ fishing trawlers.
Not in a bareboat club.
11-14-2015 09:06 PM
Re: Crew, Captain and Owner Feedback

The skipper is responsible for life and limb etc and indiscretions of all crew. Its easier to not have them onboard. When I was a teenager, I crewed on many yachts/boats/ fishing trawlers.
02-03-2015 08:17 AM
Re: Crew, Captain and Owner Feedback

Looking for Feedback:

This is my first time using this forum. So far (after two days) the response is nil. Am I going about this wrong?

"Crew Wanted

Owner of Cape Dory 36 Cutter is looking for one or two crew. Returning to Annapolis, MD from Southport, NC. Limited experience OK traveling via ICW. Leaving Southport mid-March; Came from Annapolis late October solo and need crew for return trip due to medical issue. Inner ear problem (Menieres desease) results in vertigo. Occurrence is unpredictable."

s/v Skylark
01-13-2015 02:14 AM
S/V Savor Grace
Re: Crew, Captain and Owner Feedback

Maybe I should have said "Charter" instead of contract.
01-13-2015 02:07 AM
S/V Savor Grace
Re: Crew, Captain and Owner Feedback

I understand Stiff Wind's position on the value of contracts and their enforcement, but I think they do serve a purpose if well written so that all know what is expected and have signed their names indicating they agreed.
12-15-2013 10:41 PM
Re: Crew, Captain and Owner Feedback

I've moved your post to it's own thread, you'll probably get better response under the new title.

See here:
12-15-2013 08:33 PM
Re: Crew, Captain and Owner Feedback

I am single and ready to retire. Last year I bought a new boat (50') and sailed in Chesapeake with friends. Next year I am going to sail all season May through October on the East Coast (Maine here I come), and in November I am thinking about a Rally to Tortola and spend the spring in Caribbean. However, I am not comfortable doing this all by myself so I am considering taking on a crew of at least one, to ensure safe passages and share the work. Is this the place to find people who wants to sail for extended period? Recommendations please?
10-28-2013 03:21 PM
Re: Crew, Captain and Owner Feedback

Originally Posted by capttb View Post
Ya got my attention right there, I had crew step on the boat and say "I don't know how to cook", I'd already paid his airfare.
"how bout sandwiches? can you cook them?"
"How bout coffee? you drink it you must know how to make it?"
"How bout I teach you, french press, you just need to boil water?"
"nope, I don't know how to cook"
I should have bought him a return ticket but had to leave asap.
Ha Ha. I can't cook ither.
I can make something hot. when boat is heel over and pitching.
My special boat curry.
big deep pot.
What ever meet is left in cooler. chop up chuck in pot.
some of each vegitable chop up chuck in pot.
Some potatoes. chop up chuck in pot.
Can of Guiness drink some pour rest in pot. other beers work so does wine and or cider.
canned tomatoes chuck in pot
cannned fruit chuch in pot.

look in spice rack open each bottle of spices in turn regardless of label chuck som in pot.

boil the heck out of it.

When hot serve

tastes great.

any complaints you can cook
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