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Getting Along With Your Crew

You can have the greatest boat in the world, but if you can’t get along with your crew, your cruise will not be a success. And no one, but no one, knows more about how to manage people in demanding conditions and run a happy and safe ship than Colin.

Full of practical tips on crew management garnered from Colin’s decades of experience skippering research yachts with different crews of volunteers every week.

And then we add Molly’s tips for making family cruising work well.

Table of Contents:

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 [...]

Preparing For New Crew

Happy crew

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 [...]

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, [...]

Briefing New Crew

Safety briefing

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 [...]

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.

Crash Testing a Relationship—Part 2

Colin continues the tale that he started in the last chapter of his and Louise's intentional relationship test by fire.

It's a lovely story, with a great conclusion, that should not be missed.

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Good communication is a skill that, like every other skill on a cruising boat, needs to be developed and practiced. Molly shares tips for good communication on board, garnered during the last three years while living aboard and sailing 36,000 miles with her family on Sila, a Boréal 47, including an expedition to South Georgia.