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I thought it might be helpful for those that have crewed, captained, or hired the same to give positive or negative feedback here. We have had some real winners ande losers and this might be a good place to discuss both.

I will make it a sticky. If your comments are negative, keep it above the waist, ok!

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OK. I've reported this elsewhere, but this should be a good resource. I recruited two crewman on this site and they were great. We interviewed eachother on line and in person. They examined the boat at length. We were all involved in planning. On the trip from Florida to NY they (and my local crew) worked hard and got along great. The weather was challenging, but we carried out every proceedure safely and successfully. I would take those guys anywhere. I also met other promising sailors that I hope to sail with in the future. Of about twenty replies to my posting, I found five realistic candidates who were available.
 

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OK. I've reported this elsewhere, but this should be a good resource. I recruited two crewman on this site and they were great. We interviewed eachother on line and in person. They examined the boat at length. We were all involved in planning. On the trip from Florida to NY they (and my local crew) worked hard and got along great. The weather was challenging, but we carried out every proceedure safely and successfully. I would take those guys anywhere. I also met other promising sailors that I hope to sail with in the future. Of about twenty replies to my posting, I found five realistic candidates who were available.
Are they Sailnet members? Even if not, see if it is ok with them to post their names here. It might at least give them the recognition deserved.

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Anyway, just my 2cents worth.

We never have 'crew'. WHen on passage, we do watch on and off. As such, we really singlehand whilst the others sleeps/ rests. I am trusting my son to do day watches but as a Dad, its difficult to sleep at night if he is on watch, unless its a milk run.

Having a stranger on board is difficult - their habits, moods, drugs or smoking etc. The skipper is responsible for life and limb etc and indiscretions of all crew. Its easier to not have them onboard. When I was a teenager, I crewed on many yachts/boats/ fishing trawlers. There can be lots of onboard dramas if people dont respect your personal space or if they think they know more than the skipper and dont have the ability to respectfully give advice etc etc etc.

As such, most people could singlehand or with 2 on board. If we can, then anyone can!! I went throught the phase of bringing everything back to the cockpit - but have reverted back to having all mainsail stuff at the mast.

Singlehanded - you do adjust to catnapping and can get 6-8 hours sleep in total. With crew you have to trust your life and your property to strangers. If it works - then great - go for it. We all need to build up experience somehow.
 

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I went throught the phase of bringing everything back to the cockpit - but have reverted back to having all mainsail stuff at the mast.
That's interesting, why?
 

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It increased both friction and line length and my reefing lines and headsail sheets were from the same reel of dbl braid - so I couldn't make a mess in the floor of the cockpit. The mast is very stable area.
 

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The two I got from this site are sailnet members, I will give them references if another skipper is considering them.
Regarding StAnna's advice, I agree that it is important to consider personality and habits. I crewed for another couple once. I'd known them around the harbor, they always seemed a little odd. But they offered to take me cruising, splitting expenses. It turned out they were VERY ODD. And they seemed to think "splitting expenses" meant that I would finance their vacation. I jumped ship. I do think it's very important to establish clear rules in advance, also to be able to opt out. Don't do an Atlantic crossing as your first trip together.
 

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I have done 2 deliveries with Capt. Jim (jim0123). A 46' Hylas and a 54' Hylas over the last 2 years. Had a great time, ate like kings and learned a lot. Hope to do many more.

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It increased both friction and line length and my reefing lines and headsail sheets were from the same reel of dbl braid - so I couldn't make a mess in the floor of the cockpit. The mast is very stable area.
Thanks
 
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interesting thread

the whole idea of personalities getting along is much the key

perhaps a thread on interview guidelines
although that is always subjective

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Picked up two new crew on this board for this season's Wednesday night races. Both first-class people - smart, knowledgable (not the same thing) and good company. One stayed the season, the other dropped off the face of the earth after the first race. Who knows? But Sailnet is certainly a good resource.
 

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I posted this in another thread a few months back but it's worth repeating in this one, since it's right "on topic" and my opinion of Jesse has not waivered:

To whom it may concern,

BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT: I would heartily recommend Jesse Osborne to ANYONE needing an absolutely reliable, trustworthy and rock solid delivery skipper. However, Jesse’s real strength is in his ability to pass along his knowledge, experience and spirit in helping folks realize their capability to experience their own “taste of adventure”.

By way of background, my wife and I recently purchased a used sailboat in Olympia, Washington and were in the process of having her delivered to Seward, Alaska when our first delivery skipper quit on us after getting the boat as far as Juneau, Alaska. His unexpected departure left us in quite a predicament. We needed to complete the delivery over the final and most difficult leg of her journey (across the Gulf of Alaska). Crossing the Gulf represents over 400 miles of open ocean, known for quickly changing weather and notoriously dangerous, rough conditions. In short, we needed to hire a new delivery skipper and he needed to be a good one!

In August of 2009 we were corresponding with Deborah Altermatt of Sailing Inc. (a yacht brokerage in Seward Alaska) about our situation. Happily, she put us in contact with Mr. Jesse Osborne, operating under the trade name of “A Taste of Adventure”. At the time, Jesse was in the process of moving his own sailboat from Ketchikan to Seward but he took the time to call us and discuss our situation.

After meeting with Jesse we were very impressed with him and agreed to have him deliver our ‘baby’ from Juneau to Seward. However, Jesse’s goal is to be more than simply a delivery skipper. He agreed to take us along to assist him with the delivery. He insisted that our relationship for the crossing would not be as skipper and crew, but that we would partner in the preparation for and execution of the crossing. It turned out that, under Jesse’s mentorship, the trip from Juneau to Seward evolved from a mere logistical exercise into a true sailing adventure for both my wife and I. We learned more about cruising under sail, the particular systems on our boat, and ourselves than we ever imagined possible.

I absolutely cannot overstate the satisfaction we had working with Jesse as he quickly assessed the condition of our vessel and our level of experience, initiated on-board repairs, advised us on provisioning and generally readied both the vessel and us for the trip across the Gulf. Jesse demonstrated a depth of knowledge and experience that he willingly shared with us during our time together. His unsinkable sense of humor, self confidence and genuine spirit of adventure carried us through two arctic gales, mechanical issues, and our first exposure to standing watch 24 hours a day on an extended cruise.

Jesse Osborne is one of the most remarkable young men I’ve ever met and our adventure this Summer will remain a highlight of my sailing experiences .

Sincerely,

David Allen owner S/V Polaris
 

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Jesse Osborn (Osborne) is a killer - beware

I believe this is may be the Jesse Osborne who left Alaska State Troopers with a reputation for brutality - leaving a trail of death behind him. He is known for killing a cripple in a highway turnout in Alaska. He is also know for smashing a handcuffed woman's face until she was unrecognizable. Check the internet under Osborn (not Osborne). The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal has just ruled that Osborn can be sued for killing the cripple (Casey Porter) - the act "shocks the conscience." Osborn is a major embarrassment to the Alaska State Troopers. It is irresponsible to recommend that people hire Jesse Osborn. The man has left a trail of disfigurement, brutality, and death behind him. It is irresponsible to suggest that people should hire him, and be alone with him on the high seas. Alaska citizens are outraged that Jesse Osborn is not in prison for murder. Do you really recommend that people really be alone with this guy on the high seas. That is a very dangerous thing to do. It won't take you long to verify this on the internet. (search criteria - Jesse Osborn, Casey Porter, Joseph Wittom, Alaska State Trooper."
 

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I believe this is may be the Jesse Osborne who left Alaska State Troopers with a reputation for brutality - leaving a trail of death behind him. He is known for killing a cripple in a highway turnout in Alaska. He is also know for smashing a handcuffed woman's face until she was unrecognizable. Check the internet under Osborn (not Osborne). The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal has just ruled that Osborn can be sued for killing the cripple (Casey Porter) - the act "shocks the conscience." Osborn is a major embarrassment to the Alaska State Troopers. It is irresponsible to recommend that people hire Jesse Osborn. The man has left a trail of disfigurement, brutality, and death behind him. It is irresponsible to suggest that people should hire him, and be alone with him on the high seas. Alaska citizens are outraged that Jesse Osborn is not in prison for murder. Do you really recommend that people really be alone with this guy on the high seas. That is a very dangerous thing to do. It won't take you long to verify this on the internet. (search criteria - Jesse Osborn, Casey Porter, Joseph Wittom, Alaska State Trooper."
Where are you facts this is the same person. You type I believe with no proof. I do not know this person, but just on your belief. I feel this is way below the waist. That's one horrible accusation to make on a person with no proof they are the same person:hothead .......i2f
 

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This does not confirm they are one, and the same. verga is on the border of slander even if they are the same, a strange twist indeed. Not to mention a very sad situation for those involved.........i2f
 

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Dec of 2009, I moved my 31' Allmand from Destin FL to the Florida Keys after posting a "Crew Wanted" on here with Sailnet.

It proved to be fantastic source of finding quality like minded sailing people and a most willing, responsible Crew...

RedBayBob, was great as a partner on the trip. For both of us it was an adventure with a Big ride and mixed in where times of laughing so hard my sides hurts :)

I big thank to Sailnet for being availble for all of us and an HUGE thank you with highest recomendations to Bob in future crew adventures.

I would also encourage others to seek out crewing as it fits yours schedule, etc. It's a wonderful chance to share and likewise participate in "Living the Dream..."
 

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crew compatability

Agreed, Atlantic crossings with "strangers" is not to be recommended, though I sailed with the ARC-02, Fla.-Portugal with 2, the boat owner, (a friend of a sailing acquaintance), and a friend of his, supposedly an experienced sailor who was not, who joined the boat in Bermuda, and was asked to leave in the Azores, due to incompetence and inability to adjust. Another sailing friend of mine joined us for the first leg, St.Augustine-Bermuda and was a valuable addition to the crew, but had to leave the boat due to prior commitments. We were fortunate to find a replacement crew member in the Azores from another participating boat, whose owner was unable to continue on to Portugal , and he also was very capable and good to have aboard. Good to get to know who you'll be sailing/living aboard with before the crossing, though if conditions or time don't permit.... Fair winds. Gofishin
 

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Verga:

I'm curious...do you know Jesse personally?

Do you even personally know anyone who has had any contact with him?

Or are you basing what you say on what you've read written by a (somewhat biased) reporter in a (somewhat biased) newspaper?

Speaking of newspapers, I'm curious; what name you go by when you post comments on the Anchorage Daily News website? Do you own a boat or have any interest in ANYTHING nautical or did you simply join sailnet to carry on a personal vendetta?

BOTTOM LINE: I stand by what I said about Jesse. I know him NOW - PERSONALLY. I've spent time with him at sea, seen him under stress and KNOW him to be ABSOLUTELY trustworthy. I will continue to recommend him to sailors needing a DEPENDABLE, RELIABLE and HONORABLE delivery skipper. I can't think of ANYONE (other than my wife) that I would rather have with me at sea.


Respectfully,

David Allen owner S/V Polaris
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