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01-29-2016 01:10 PM
Re: Offshore Passage Opportunities

There is one captain.

Period, end of discussion.

I've once been crew on my own boat. He was the captain I was the crew.

I've been captain on passage where the other two crew were more experienced and on another passage had a very experienced licensed pro captain as crew.

I was the captain they were the crew.

This issue has never been a problem. Biggest issue is hubris. This has no place at sea. If there is a hint of this either they or me are off the boat before we leave.
01-29-2016 01:00 PM
Re: Offshore Passage Opportunities

opinionated but always up for a good respectful disagreement and discussion.
so wrote the OP!

This is about the worst characteristic a crew member could have!

01-29-2016 12:56 PM
Re: Offshore Passage Opportunities

Look at this from the other side as owner/captain. Basic problem is to date have found no relationship between ASA levels and actual compentency or presence of common sense. Other issue is you don't know if individual has these attributes until passage is underway.
My preference is to have myself and one other in whom I have no concern. A third recommended by someone I trust. This allows a unproven forth. With that passage done they either become a second or third or are dropped.
Ideally I would like to at least daysail or do a short transit with any prospective crew before a significant passage. Find this is good for them and me.. However, this is difficult to arrange given people's work schedules. Hank is a wonderful guy and provides an excellent service. I will probably use him again in the future with the above guidelines.
We will do the sdr in the fall. I have my second. There is a berth open. The OP or any other interested party can PM me.
We will head to Maine / new foundland late summer. Again you can PM.
Lastly think having to pay to be crew is ridiculous unless it's a boat with professional crew or unusual passage such as high latitude.if you are a compentent, personable sailor you should be welcomed onto a boat.
01-29-2016 11:57 AM
Re: Offshore Passage Opportunities

Originally Posted by Moonspinner21 View Post
Thanks for this post.
I am also interested in OPO but I am not ASA certified. Do you know if certification is required to join OPO?
I race my San Juan 21 keelboat in Oklahoma, Kansas, & Missouri. So far I have not needed any kind of certification.
I think practical experience would be fine depending on the type of crew opportunity. Best to contact Hank and he will provide more insight.
01-29-2016 11:28 AM
Re: Offshore Passage Opportunities

Thanks for this post.
I am also interested in OPO but I am not ASA certified. Do you know if certification is required to join OPO?
I race my San Juan 21 keelboat in Oklahoma, Kansas, & Missouri. So far I have not needed any kind of certification.
04-29-2010 10:37 AM
Originally Posted by tte9836t View Post
I was a member of OPO for 2 or 3 years. The only reason I dropped out is that I returned to work, yea it's sad.
Same situation here.

I joined OPO to get bigger boat experience than just the daysailers I was familiar with. Gained the knowledge & experience to bareboat charter in the BVI.

After you join, you regularly receive emails detailing the immediate opportunities as well as voyages that are planned for the near future.

Hank is a well respected delivery captain and I can recommend OPO without hesitation.
04-18-2010 04:39 PM
SVAuspicious I've been with OPO for a couple of years. I've sailed about half-a-dozen times as crew and few times taken crew on my own boat. Overall I'm impressed. If you're going to join only one crewing organization I think OPO is the way to go.
04-18-2010 03:24 PM
tte9836t I was a member of OPO for 2 or 3 years. The only reason I dropped out is that I returned to work, yea it's sad.
OPO did a good job in both screening captain and crew. Trips are posted from overnight moves of a boat to multimonth cruises... one I particularly remember was to Antartica.
I'll join again once my schedule becomes more flexible.
01-24-2009 07:59 PM
I agree

i agree it can be a bit scary as well, however after your first trip the captains send hank an informal eval of you. For the most part hank knows the captains and once you are a member he will give you honest feedback about weather that particlar captain would be a good fit. Hank does the same for the captains.

It really is a great way for people to get experience, honestly i have learned more from my opo experience and sailed more with opo than i did when i had my own boat.

If you don't know people to crew with you or if your looking to crew i can honestly say this is the best and "safest" way to go. It certainly beets all the adds by male captains here "looking for female crew"...great fantacy but jesus get real.

OPO is really a great service.
01-24-2009 02:29 PM
Faster This has to be a better way to go than simply answering an ad... as we have seen here in these pages such escapades can go very sour in a hurry.

I am personally aware of 3 of 4 such sad stories... sounds good at a distance, you arrive at the boat - it's "not quite ready".. just a few days (weeks) of work, stick around.... the experienced, nice guy in the email turns into Capt Bligh with a lecherous eye. The lucky applicants are those who bolt before leaving port.

Presumably this outfit will do some vetting, giving you security in deciding to go - the testimonials above are encouraging.

But even so, setting out to sea on a boat you don't know with a captain/crew you don't know is still a bit scary to me......
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