Crew

Voyaging With Children: Ten Tips From A Kid

The author steering. "Line squall coming, send the kid out there."

Jack, 12 years old, shares ten tips for kids and parents to help make life on a boat easier and filled with great experiences. This is stuff he learned over three years while living aboard and sailing 36,000 miles with his family on "Sila", a Boréal 47, including an expedition to South Georgia. Complimentary Post

Online Book: Getting Out There Cruising, Chapter 5 of 8

Want to Get Out Cruising? Don’t Be a Pioneer

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Sure, diesel electric drives, lithium ion batteries, unstayed carbon masts, and composting toilets are fun technology and interesting too. But if your goal is to actually get out there cruising as soon as you can for a relatively reasonable amount of money, we recommend that you only use gear that has been in wide general use for at least 20 years. Here’s why:

Online Book: Getting Along With Your Crew, Chapter 5 of 6

Crash Testing a Relationship—Part 1

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Going cruising with your partner may sound romantic, and it is. But there are also few activities that are more stressful on a relationship. Colin tells the story of his first tough passage with Lou. One that they took on intentionally to see how they would manage as a team at sea. It's an example that all couples considering the voyaging life should emulate—Crash Test the Relationship before committing everything to a new life on the ocean.

Online Book: Getting Along With Your Crew, Chapter 4 of 6

Briefing New Crew

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Once your crew are safely aboard it’s time to brief them on the boat and life on board. We always believe that this is best carried out once they have had some rest and settled in, as this allows us to go through things methodically—even a simple boat with basic safety equipment can be a [...]

Online Book: Getting Along With Your Crew, Chapter 3 of 6

Crew Briefing Document–Our Sample

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As promised, here is an example of our briefing document. As I outlined in Part II of this series of posts, it comes in two sections, the first two sides being for our guest, the third side to be copied and distributed to family and friends as necessary. Obviously this is only a rough example, [...]

Online Book: Getting Along With Your Crew, Chapter 2 of 6

Preparing For New Crew

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Welcoming friends or family to join you on a long leg is something we all look forward to, but in order to make sure that the reality matches the expectation, it pays to plan ahead. Oversights at this stage can lead to delays later, upset good relations, and even compromise safety, so it’s only sensible [...]

Online Book: Getting Along With Your Crew, Chapter 1 of 6

Introduction

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For the best part of twenty years I sailed with boats full of people (up to 22 at times), and like most commercial skippers discovered that man management in such circumstances is of vital importance, in terms of safety and harmony aboard. Getting everyone to turn up on time in a remote place, with all [...]

Nobody’s Perfect

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One of the strangest exchanges I have ever had occurred in my days as a sailing instructor. My manager sidled up to me one day and asked, "Do you demonstrate all of the manoeuvres to your students in advance, before asking them to do it?". Thinking this might be some kind of trick question, I [...]