A good article, and the article you link to is pretty good also. B+ <- I crack myself up.
I followed all the links and read both articles and the video and took notes. Then I found most of what I had to offer I'd already put in the other thread. *sigh*
I do suggest people follow the link to your previous thread, watch the video, and read all the comments. Good stuff. Especially mine. *grin*
Some thoughts from comments
made in the article:
I found a majority of the delivery skippers I sail with because of problems such as “the autopilot doesn’t work so we’ll be hand steering for four days offshore” or “we have to get this boat to the boat show by Wednesday but there is a gale in our way.”
Schedule is always an issue. I don't leave the dock without an autopilot for a trip of more than a few hours. That isn't to say we haven't lost an autopilot and had to hand steer, but I don't leave the dock knowing that is a problem.
Learning is not the priority
It may not be the
priority but it should be a
priority. Crew need to be nurtured and mentored.
One tool owners use to make difficult passages is a cruising rally.
For inexperienced crew the organizer is a safety net.
It is clear that both owners and crew see rallies as safety nets. What is not clear is whether that belief has any merit. I suggest it does not. The parties are fun but the reality is that there is little safety to be gained by being part of a rally. People do silly things whether they are part of a rally or not. Remember Rule 42
. You can make a case for the AICW rallies but I don't think you can offshore.
The parties are great.
The skipper grumbled that we should have tacked well clear of the rocks but didn’t return to plotting a position. Instead he threw up in a mug, handed it up to the cockpit to be disposed of and then disappeared into his bunk; to be fair he and I were technically off watch.
This gets me bent out of shape. The skipper is never off watch. Unacceptable behavior.
This is something I feel very strongly about. If crew can't stand a solo watch why do I need them? How does putting two people together who can't stand a watch alone make anything better? In my experience it means they talk incessantly and I get called later than I would be with a solo watchstander. Not good.
That isn't to say I don't take less experienced people. I do. Most can in fact stand a solo watch with a little supervision, coaching, and me popping up more often. For someone really inexperienced (often owners and owner family) I'll carry a full crew plus
the inexperienced person. I put that extra person on a bridge watch, which means running four hour watches 8-12, 12-4, 4-8 I'll put the extra person on 6-10 or 10-2 so they overlap with two crew members plus me. Oh - they do a lot of dish washing and bilge checks. *grin*
Speaking of learning:
I came across your crew list
while researching this article and I think I managed to join even though it has been years since I subscribed to a listserv (;
Thanks. Offshore Passage Opportunities
is another good way to get offshore.