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Old 03-05-2014, 20:45   #1
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How much do you think it would cost for a captain and 3 crew members to bring a sailboat from Denmark to the Lesser Antilles? Exclusive of their travel costs. No time constraints.
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$200 per day plus expenses (mainly food and travel costs). It's hard to estimate the days without knowing what kind of boat.
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$200/day for 4 qualified people?? I'd expect to be paid 350/day for me and 50/day or more for watch standers
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I will assume that you did not mean to cast aspersions. Perhaps you come from an area with a higher cost of living or fewer qualified people. Supply and demand and all that. I was simply answering the question from my experience, just as you have answered it from yours. I also have absolutely no idea what someone from Denmark, or anywhere in Europe for that matter, might charge, though given the current exchange rate, likely more.
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Of course not... All markets differ. I was quoting what I know qualified, licensed captains and yachtmasters and crew command in North America and Western Europe. Sorry if I wasn't clear...
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I'm more accustomed to Scott's rates, or $2-2.50 per mile plus airfare and expenses for the skipper. Reasonable crew can be had for airfaire and expenses, especially on an easier trip like the one proposed. You may find cheaper skippers out there, but they won't come with the experience and the recommendations and your insurance may reject them.
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Getting an under qualified crew by underpaying is certainly not something I would do on a transatlantic voyage. And this isn't even just a simple transatlantic. This is considerably more than a Portugal to US East Coast trip.

For the extended trip some might give a discount versus their daily rates, but some might charge extra due to the extent of it. While I think the $350 + 3 x $50 for $500 per day is within reason, I would want a bit more expertise. My expectations would be more in line with $300-400 for the Captain, $200-$250 for the mate or junior officer and $50-100 each for the hands/watch keepers. So a total of $600-700 per day perhaps. Then I'm more conservative on these things than most. I just like the idea of a second person with the knowledge and experience to take over if the captain became incapacitated and to provide a high level of assistance in the event of equipment malfunctions or very bad weather.
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