There are those that work, and those that whine
Some that post here seem to think yacht owners should bow down and
kiss the feet of short-term crew members.
The following is a rebuttal.
Typically, it is the small yacht owner that does 99% of all the hard work.
When is the hard work done? Typically, it is months or years before the
Who worked hard to save for years to buy the boat?
Who spent months working on the boat, or years building it?
Who spent dozens or hundreds of hours looking for crew?
Who probably can single-hand the vessel?
I own a luxury home in Hawaii. When I was building it, I hired carpenters
and cement masons. No guests came to my house until it was completed.
You can go stay at my home in Hawaii. It is a bed and breakfast. The minimum charge including tax is
over 100 Euro. Now lets start adding it up:
Room at my house....100 Euro
Rental car..................35 Euro
Lunch and dinner......22 Euro
Grand Total.....................177 Euro
Now I know this is really really cheap. However, I price my bed and breakfast on the low side.
The average hotel cost in Hawaii is a lot closer to 350 Euros per night. So you better have about
500 Euros per day if you go there.
Now we must add one the most expensive flights in the world. It isn't cheap to fly to Hawaii.
So why do people do it? Simple. Hawaii delivers one of the most incredible vacation trips you can
take? Millions of people come each year.
However, do you notice one strange thing? Where am I? Am I at my home in Hawaii? No. I am touring the
South Pacific aboard my big yacht. I found something even better. Instead of offering a bed in
my home, I now offer a bunk on my yacht. A yacht that:
Includes your room.
Doesn't require you to rent a car.
Includes your fuel.
Includes all meals.
Includes your snacks.
And most of all it travels. It takes you to new places and gives you an incredible travel experiences.
It is almost total hog wash for people to write that paying crew are needed to operate a typical
cruising yacht. What is true, is that paying crew help a yachtie to continue to sail. It
stretches the cruising kitty and allows him/her to sail longer.
What should I do with 15 bunks aboard my vessel? Let them go empty? Why shouldn't I offer
these bunks to someone that could never come close to affording a big yacht of their own?
I will agree on one thing. Each yacht owner should examine their trip and decide whether
what they are providing is something of real value to visiting crew. If all they are doing
is a hard run against the wind and not stopping...that isn't fun. Crew should indeed get
paid to do this. Or the owner should at least pay for the crew's food and allow them to
come for free.
If the trip is a relaxed tour of the South Pacific to exotic islands and the vessel is already
staffed with a qualified and paid crew...then yes....the owner should be charging.
For my particular next trip:
I have hired experienced paid crew members to do the hard work.
They do your laundry.
No one does a long night shift alone.
My crew will go with you to shore to haul items back for you.
They help ensure security.
They serve as mountaineers when we go climbing.
I will still have open bunks for the trip.
So why would I allow crew to come for free?
Yacht owners all know that crew members are anything but free. No.
Short term visiting crew members are most likely to:
Leave items on deck that get blown overboard.
Stand on the hatch covers.
Jam up the plumbing.
Get in fights.
Press a captain to sail to the next port because they must catch a plane ride.
Leave a trip midway.
These are all risks and costs to the owner of the yacht. Go on. Go talk to an owner.
Ask for the tour. Ask the owner to show you all the things broken by crew.
Ask the owner how and why his yacht got into the most trouble. Time and again
you will find the answer is the short term crew.
So in summary. Wake up to the facts people. Most yacht owners are very hardworking people.
They provide something that the pittance of money paid hardly covers.
HOT BuOYS Sailing Vessel
See my vessel's Facebook page about my 2014 South Pacific trip.
Hint Google the name of the vessel.