Originally Posted by MBLittle
I agree with everything
Although I'm curious how cynicism fits in...?
Fair enough question. I'm a literal person and the definition of cynicism is probably not quite what you meant. "Cautious" would have been a better word. A good captain worth his salt
and deserving of his pay needs to listen very carefully to the owner long before he agrees to take on the job. He needs a combination of good psychological, people, listening, and a boat load of patience skills in order to size up those he takes on board. Anybody can learn to point a boat in the right direction, make it go that way, and end up where he is supposed to and show others to do it as well. That doesn't make one a good captain no matter what courses they've taken. I know a good deal of delivery
captains that are far too quick to focus on the money
instead of the crew and owners they take on. So be cautious when choosing a captain. Look for some credentials to be sure. But ask for references
from several past customers, look for a good sense of humor
, engage in a few conversations with him that don't always revolve around his boating
skills to feel out what kind of person he is. Just generally get to know him for a few days before the delivery. 14 days at sea is a very long time in close quarters just to find out the first night out that the guy is a self absorbed, arrogant, overly demanding, know it all, taking charge over you and your family
. It's just what you should do first. I know before I deliver a boat it's what I as the potential captain will do with the owner who wants to go along.