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Having been down this path (see post above) a couple of comments:
1) There is no restriction on a foreign national legally in the United States crewing on a boat. They can not enter via a private boat. However if they are in the US legally (VISA, ESTA) they can get on and travel around.
2) Immigration officials have difficulty with anything that is not a round trip from the home country. When are you going back? Prove you have assets etc. in your home country to go back to. The idea that one might be living on a sailboat, spend a couple of years away from the home country, stop in the US, spend a few more years away from the home country just doesn't compute.
3) Particular embassies have different reputations. I found (after a long and painful experience) that the US embassy in the Bahamas has a reputation of never issuing visas to foreign nationals on US Flagged boats.
4) You might be better off having your friend as "paid crew." See Work on Super yachts: Advice on everything you need to know | Roger Norton. In particular note the section on the STOW95. There is a shortage of people willing to go to sea in the US so you might do better.
 
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