Just a rough idea at the moment, so looking for all
What I am not
trying to do is provide an avenue for illegal / unlicensed / uninsured chartering, but..........
Inspired by Ocean Girl's Soulmates Social Group of providing the opportunity
for consenting adults to get together (but her not being responsible for any match making. nor the outcome
) my thought is.................to create a Social Group on CF (The 50 Dollar Cruising Club
?) to give the opportunity
for those looking to experiance the "cruising life" to hook up with those willing to share - not
as a Charter
, but on an expenses only basis.
Intentionally not principally about completing long passages (where the extra crew is actually needed) but experiancing and learning
from doing the day to day dull stuff (tuesdays are for snorkelling
, but the 3rd Thursday in the month is for heading to the pump out station
) whilst also learning
over a cold beer
from those "out there"......with a ready made intro into the local cruising community / scene. Whether the experiance involved 24/7 winch
grinding around various islands or 24/7 "socialising" would depend on the vessel involved........whatever is normal for the boat (plus maybe a bit thrown in). Doesn't automatically have to mean being onboard 24/7 for the temporary crew either.
For the temporary crew member(s)
- it's a cheap vacation
(I am thinking USD50 per head
, per day - bunk and usual ship food
/ drink, extras by agreement) with the opportunity to learn an enormous amount in a short time. or just to chill
Especially if on the size / model / type of vessel they were thinking of buying
........no matter how big or small. Indeed the opportunity to share in a real life low budget
experiance may be worth it's weight............in gold - if only to persuade a bit more saving onshore
For the Skipper
- well, it won't be commercially justifiable in straight $$$ terms. But I am thinking for some the motivation will simply be sharing their experiances and knowledge (see CF!) with interested folks. Enjoying having company onboard - but only now and again! or wanting to try out how they would cope with Charterers - before spending time and money
on that idea or setting up a clearly defined basis for freinds / family
(and acquaintences of) or even for internet
buddies (and buddiesses?
) to come onboard that involves them putting hand in their own
...............or taking the opportunity to raise a bit of money
by converting some of their spare capacity into cash........the latter perhaps being more attractive to those on a shoestring or looking for the occassional kitty top up - albeit if they had folk onboard for a total of 1 month in a year they would probably be doing well, so a supplement and not a sole income
......................or possibly a combination of the above???
The 50 Dollar thing is mainly a benchmark (and a catchy name
) - The idea is to cover the basic expenses (food, drink in the normal style of the boat - could be porridge 24/7 or caviar!, plus
a contribution towards wear & tear / mooring
costs / fuel
etc)..........if the temporary crew want champagne with their meals
(and it is not usual onboard!) then that is an additional cost they bear - as would be Marina living 24/7 if the usual MO is on the hook.
The Devil is of course always in the detail............am looking for the CF Social Group end to require little (no?!) work once set up (links off to own blogs / websites?).........am also thinking the Social Club could host a few (Group Written?) checklists / suggested rules for both parties?
As I said, a rough idea so all input welcome (including from Mods / Admin).