Join Date: Feb 2010
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Re: First Time Crewing
Some additional thoughts to those already made.
You say you vetting the Captain. Just to test your resolve, there can only be one Captain. You have to be confident enough to allow them to make all the calls.
Test various sea sickness meds now, at home. Even if you've never been sea sick, you say you've not made a trip like this and it's not the time to experiment with side effects. Learn what you tolerate best now.
Always present a positive attitude aboard and be willing to do whatever is needed.
Understand the watch schedule and assess whether you think you'll easily accommodate it. Be dressed and ready to take your watch, at least 5 mins before you're scheduled. That usually means awakening at least 15 mins prior, longer if you're a slow riser.
Bring your own snacks and extras if other crew members take a liking. You don't want to be a stingy mate. Had a buddy who could not be on watch with peanut butter and bread, so he always brought his own and plenty for others.
I would never be on passage on another's vessel, without my own means to communicate home or call for help, if necessary. These days that can be a variety of things, starting with a plb, but comm devices such as: InReach, Spot or a Sat phone are pretty common. Some of these can be rented.
Have fun. Let us know how it goes.
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