I never charge crew for non-professional deliveries and will go out of my way to see they have the food, drink and even special snacks they like, but I will not pay transportation to and from the boat, ever.
I'm mostly looking for inexperienced crew who are interested in learning and making the sail. Generally, once we've reached our destination, I don't want to cruise with my delivery crew, but it has happened that we've become good friends on the sail and spent several months or more cruising together.
I think its how the crew and captain approach the delivery and what agreement they make. I can't see how you could expect a captain (especially if family and/or friends are joining him) would want you around to go cruising if he doesn't need the help. Of course, if you want to cruise and stay with the boat, you should make sure the owner understands and agrees to this before the trip, not just expect it at the end.
Not to be rude, but with all your experience you obviously understand that, so why the rant?
I think you miss my point. Just by virtue of the fact that crew have to pay travel expenses to reach a boat and then leave a boat, that crew is spending money out of their own pocket to work on that boat. To me, that is paying to work.
And yes, I understand most owners don't want crew to stay with the boat once the delivery is made, and I'm more than fine with that as long as travel expenses are paid. Also, in the negotiation phase of the delivery, I always mention that I'll pay my travel if I can stay with the boat for at least a week. It's not a demand - just an option around the boat owner paying my travel expenses. The problem, as I found out after several Salty Dawg Rallies, is most of those owners are going to sit in a harbor for an extended period of time and not cruise. I'm pretty sure I touched on that in my original post.
As for the reason for my "rant," I don't think inexperienced sailors and even some owners understand what goes into a delivery like the SDR boats. Each delivery on which I crewed down to the islands over the last three years took at least two weeks, even the last one on a 42' catamaran. In 2016, I was on a boat that pretty much had most of its systems fail including a blown out mainsail that should have been replaced before we even left. In 2015, the boat I was on went through a storm with sustained winds between 80 and 90 knots with gusts over 100 knots (weather service called it a tropical storm, but it was a hurricane - Kate). I think sailors who want to take part in "pay to crew" deals should know what they are getting into.
And last, I think the Salty Dawg Rally is totally justified in what they charge boat owners for a membership fee. However, crew members provide a service to boat owners for which they are not paid as a rule. Some boat owners will pay travel, but the majority will not. I just think a membership fee for the crew on top of that is unfair.