Originally Posted by Jimbo76131
Ok let me first say hi to all been a few weeks since i've been on. But i have to ask as a person who likes to crew and get some exp so that one day when i get my own nice sailing lifestyle (soon i hope). I've been crewing
on 2 diff boats in the last few months on a nice older cat at the moment but is it common that on both crew positions that I am always fixing the boats more than we are sailing. I know that part of what im here for is fixing things i guess but if im paying my own way onboard should it be my place to fix everything jus cause i can. I mean the capt/owner of the boat should be responsible for this dont u think , or am i being to sensitive. I'm not paying for the parts
but i feel im working more than enjoying and seeing that im paying my own way i think im being takin advantage of a bit.. Anyone have thoughts on this matter? And yes i know sailing is working but @#*!.....
I think it depends on what needs to be fixed. One day my sea strainer went south just as a friend and I were going to go on a weekend cruise
. We immediately went up to West Marine
and bought a new sea strainer. I was going to put it on, but her husband insisted on doing it for me. He knew his wife really wanted to go on this trip. It was more difficult to do than I had anticipated. He didn't even get to sail that time.
But yeah, you're essentially paying to sail if you are *expected* to do it all the time. Are you helping this person, or doing it all yourself? If you're helping him, unless you know an awful lot for someone who doesn't own a boat, you may be learning
things that will be extremely valuable for you later on. Personally I am ready to help anyone work on their boat any time, because I learn so much. But that's just me.
For instance, I now know how to safely help someone up MY mast
because I've done it for others under supervision.