Originally Posted by casual
I, am 66 in good general health
with a few ortopedic related conditions.
Now do I, seek a different crew my concern is the compatability factor and, the health
of the person, how does one assure them self that the person selected is in good health mentally and phisically, not to be offensive is asking for a doctors bill of health going over board?
Not to be offensive - but as potential crew I would be concerned about an elderly skipper
who was shaky on his pins / was over-estimating own capabilities.
That's even before we get to the condition and capabilitity of the boat...........
That out of the way
I think you have to start from the position of deciding what you actually need and also want from crew. Or indeed do you need / want more than crew? and actually want 2 or 3 potential skippers onboard. IMO plusses and minuses to each approach (with the latter the risk being too many chiefs
Given you were originally comfortable with the idea of 3 people onboard, and from the sounds of it none were in spring chicken category
perhaps no actual need to now start requiring the fittest and most able crew. If not sure, take a spare
Whilst perhaps not prudent to take those unable to perform the usual tasks onboard, the fact that someone may have conditions that either mean they simply require more pills than the average drug store has
or can't stand a 27 hour watch and then free climb the mast
- doesn't mean that they can't perform adequately as part of a well stocked and well trained crew.
Personally I would not bother with a medical
for each crew member, but I would insist on full disclosure of the prescription Meds they were taking (for customs
reasons) an idea of the reasons and how to deal with anything that goes wrong - could be that the answer to that is a stay in ICU and then a heart transplant
, but if:-
a) the crew is cool on taking that risk (given that the first aid kit probably won't cover all that)
b) if that happened it would not be the end of the world (well, at least not for everyone else
.........then why not take them?
In practice if you say you are cool on folks with the odd health issue will keep your options open and will also likely give you more open answers initially - from which you can still pick the fittest of the bunch
My focus would be far less on the health of the crew but on competency and compatibility. For that you have time to play with by taking folks out for a few sails
and ideally even a week onboard.........even at the dock
mostly will soon find out if someone is too much of an annoying twat to be stuck less than 10 feet away from 24/7.....despite not being an actual medical
condition!. Of course your annoying twat may be my ideal crewmate - and vice verce!
The mental health thing is a tad more tricky, I probably would not take anyone on meds for that. But given that most folks with mental issues won't be diagnosed a clean bill of health from a Doc is not much use. Besides, can never really tell how folks react to stress / being under pressure (especially when cold and wet - and scared?).......and I doubt if many folks would sign up to some serious pre-voyage testing of that. Well, not the ones actually without any mental health issues
As always, gonna be more likely to get more choice of crew the deeper the Skipper
puts hand in pocket and
the more time and effort puts in to selection and then building the crew (into a team).
Scratch that itch