I would have thought that it would be plain enough that this doesn't apply to conversational advice. If I spend hours with a person, even if it isn't physical labour, doing something that he is going to end up paying someone else for at some point anyway, then why should I do it for free? Especially if it is specialist knowledge and you're on a tight budget (the original concept of the thread).Wow, that sounds to me like an open invite for karma to bite one in the arse. Labour perhaps, if it is significant, but if someone told me I would have to pay for some advice on something I would write them off as a first class jerk.
But boy, would it be sweet justice if I found that royal jerk adrift with a dead motor. Sorry, that usualy friendly tow into the harbour is going to cost a few hundred.
You know, we've always looked at our planned circumnav as going south from Cocos to Mauritius to South Africa and crossing the Atlantic from the bottom.Prior to seeing it, I had always aspired to sailing the Carribean. Now I find myself asking "Why not cruise Europe?"