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Old 19-04-2018, 22:53   #1
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crew from hell ?

See a lot of skippers looking for crew and was wondering about how they ensure the crew they find does not have problems ?

Would be educational to hear stories of crew that did not work out and what warning signs were missed

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Old 19-04-2018, 23:03   #2
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crew from hell stories

See lots of skippers looking for crew.

Would like to have repository of crew from hell stories and what were the warning signs ?

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Old 20-04-2018, 03:13   #3
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Re: crew from hell stories

in the delivery business,i think i have encountered more "owners from hell" ! than crew from hell,perhaps a parallel thread is needed!
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Old 20-04-2018, 06:01   #4
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How about captain Ahabs from hell...!
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Old 20-04-2018, 06:26   #5
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No help here. All of my crew have been awesome!
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Old 20-04-2018, 06:41   #6
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I have a captain from hell story.
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Old 20-04-2018, 08:11   #7
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Old 20-04-2018, 08:25   #8
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Well i hsve a good story about crew from hell one of my past crew a lady attacked me with a knife ( large ) while on the hard in Trinidad she wss escorted off the boat and out of yard the next day by the security.Jealousy is a terrible thing.
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My crew is obnoxious, has issues with authority figures, isn't a team player and cantankerous... and I'm solo sailing.
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Old 20-04-2018, 08:57   #10
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My wife and I were crew for a delivery. "The captain" was an acquaintance of mine, and had agreed to move the boat for his best friend, who lives in Oregon.

Before we flew in to the boat, I asked for, and received, assurance that the following worked: heads (x2), faucets (x3), stove, generator. I also confirmed that the one working engine ran (the other was seized). We got to the boat, and none of those things worked except the non-seized engine.

When we eventually pulled out of the slip, it was clear he could not maneuver the vessel. In every docking evolution, he hit something. He never looked behind him, at any time, in any mode of operation, including while maneuvering in close quarters.

At 79, his eyesight was so bad that he could not see the next daymark, nor could he see white crab pot buoys at 40 yards. He could not hold an expected course (in a powerboat) to within 10
degrees. And his judgment was absolutely horrendous. I could go on with several pages of examples of that last assertion, but suffice it to say we got off the boat, for safety reasons and concern over his lack of good judgement.

A mutual friend kept me updated on the progress of the journey. The owner flew in to help with the move, and the boat was briefly iced in at anchor in Virginia during this past December's second cold snap. While waiting for thaw, they decided to go ashore, over the ice. The owner argued with his friend for an hour on whether to rig a safety line from the boat to shore. "Captain" said it wasn't necessary. Owner rigged it anyway. Sure enough, "captain" breaks through and goes in. The owner was only able to affect rescue because of the line so strenuously argued against. After an ER visit, the journey eventually continued.

Several days later, with the owner gone and other crew aboard, *captain" put 150+ gallons of diesel into the two gasoline tanks.

And oh yeah, we still haven't been paid.
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We took a friend with us in a passage from Vancouver to San Francisco. The rules were no alcohol on watch, which was not a problem because never were alone and always with one of us, mostly my wife. But there was a calendar issue. Had to be in San Fran by a date. It was September. All worked out until we were cleaning the bunk area and noticed a butt of a marijuana joint, a roach. I didn't say anything to my wife, but felt violated that our vessel could be put at risk because of a casual mistake.
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Longest I was at sea without setting foot on dry land was 66 or so days. Crew tends to get peculiar about that time. Would never take on an unknown crew member or join an uncertified crew. I would like certification to be at least 30 days at sea in all conditions, even thin a few more days and things could begin to deteriorate.
What was the Aussie movie starring a movie star in her early days about a sailing vessel and a unstoppable bad guy?
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And oh yeah, we still haven't been paid.
If you bailed on me I wouldn't pay you either.
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The movie was Dead Calm. Nickol Kidman and Sam Neill, forgot the crazy guy's name
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hi, ist time i crossed the atlantic 1985, i picked up 2 crew in gran canaria , a dutch guy and a tasmanian. had them on the boat for a week, they seemede fine. a week out i went below to find the dutch guy injecting himself, i asked what it was , he said yelloow fever, i knew this to be untrue because i had that jab, you cant do it yourself. a few days later he covered himself in cooking oil . said he was drying out you can imagine what the boat was like .oil over the seats floor cockpit , after two weeks christmas day i cooked a pudding and custard in a pressure cooker, the boat was rolling heavily under twin headsails . the 3 of us sat down to eat, when i took the lid off he stood up fell forward and put both hands in the cooker then fell back and hit mick the other guy in the face with boiling custard. he still wouldnt sit down and on the next roll fell forward and tipped the contents over me still boiling hot, i lost it, picked the cooker up , he could see what i was going to do and made a run for the hatch. the cooker hit him on the back of the head knocking him forward into the cockpit, the cooker went over the side. by this time he had completely gon gaga , sat by the mast talking to himself and glaring at us whenever we tried to approach him . me and mick discussed what to do and decided to tie him too the mast and keep watch on him . two weeks later we arrived at barbados , we couldnt leave him there as he was on our crew list, i would have to pay his fare back to holland, so we sailed to st lucia ,same story, im financially responsible for the crew on my crewlist. we stayed a few days in vigie cove where he made friends with some fishermen. as we left hge jumped over the side and swam ashore, i threw his rucksak after him. when we arrived in martinique we explained what had happened. i didnt get into trouble but i have sailed alone ever since.
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