Prior to 2015, I have sailed with four different persons found through 7knots. Of these four,
three were excellent (aged 32, 44 and 72). The fourth (aged 34 )was fine, but did cause some
minor damage which I asked the person to fix or, alternatively, pay me to fix - no big deal.
In 2015 I got in touch with two persons (both aged 21), who ended up crewing on my boat. To make a
long story short, the following issues arose;
- did not bring proper clothes or shoes/boots
- brought hard case luggage
- did not take watches seriously (not on time, caused accidental jibe etc)
- did not refrain from wearing headphones when asked to
- did not accept explanation why not to use autopilot (power drain)
The whole experience made me think about;
- what instructions/info should be given to a person seeking to crew, prior to commitment?
- what info should be asked from a person seeking to crew?
I am sceptical about the possibilities to sort the wheat from the chaff by the use of email,
believing that only actually sailing together for a few days shows how the person functions.
Nevertheless, maybe we can put our experiences together and identify some good points. So, I
would be pleased to see any suggestions from all of you, both crew and captains.