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Old 09-06-2014, 10:35   #1
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Do Crew Need their own Room?

Do crew need their own room?

We are thinking of bringing crew for our Pacific voyages. But we don't have an empty room, just a pilot berth in the pilot house. It could have a curtain, for privacy, but it's really just a bed with a low ceiling. There's not enough room to sit up.

I met an older lady who crews on boats here in the Caribbean, and she is only interested in boats where she could have her own berth. I guess boats are big these days, and even newer 40' boats often have four staterooms, so this could be an easy requirement for her. How common is this -- is this the new reality and it be unlikely for us to find folks without offering them their own room?

Last time I had crew I was in my twenties, on a smaller boat, and everyone else was in their twenties. No one had their own room, we all floated between the settee's and the aft room. A pair of us turned into a couple, and they started having watches together and sleeping together in the quarter berth. The second girl and I were not a couple and mainly stuck to the settee's. But generally no one had their 'own' room, it worked well, and we were happy. At some points we even had six people on board, and everyone hot bunked. It was fine.

But if 'own room' is the new reality, with some modifications to our interior we could make a fourth room. We'd have to remove our only shower and a closet, and I hesitate to get rid of the shower. It might be important later if we want to live aboard long term in a city or somewhere cold. Or the nuclear option is to take the V berth from my eight year old, and she (and all her toys) would sleep with us.

What do you guys think?
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Old 09-06-2014, 10:40   #2
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Re: Do crew need their own room?

On a long trip I would like my own room, but at 18 I would have and did sleep on top of an No 1 Genoa for several weeks.

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Re: Do crew need their own room?

Depends on the crew and the situation. If you're taking a younger person with limited experience and you are paying all the expenses then you should be able to find someone that can cope with the accommodations.

However, if the berth in your pilot house will be busy area, where the watch stander will be, activity day and night it could get tiring for the crew member sleeping there. For a long trip it sure is nice to have some personal space.
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Re: Do crew need their own room?

i would think that is quite acceptable,probably better than sleeping in the saloon, and with the addition of a hammock whilst in port or on anchor you will have a happy crew with the addition of grog and good food!
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Re: Do crew need their own room?

Its primarily an age thing.

When out fishing as a teenster Ive slept in the RIB on deck...with a cover

Now unless its a boys trip I would prefer some comfort.
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Re: Do crew need their own room?

Room? Toilet? Kitchen? Bed? windows?

Cabin...head...galley...berth...port(lights)

Everybody needs their own "space" but as a "requirement" I doubt it. It's an individual choice between the skipper and the crew.

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Re: Do crew need their own room?

My perspective: "guests" get their own cabin, "crew" get space available. I've spent many a trip as crew/captain sleeping in the cockpit/salon/etc. If they are expecting a luxury cruise then maybe you don't want then as crew.

Definately would not get rid of the shower to accommodate them.

Plenty of folks looking to crew. Just agree you don't have a match and move on.
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Re: Do crew need their own room?

Your boat, your conditions, as long as you can find someone to accept them.
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Re: Do crew need their own room?

No brainer. 8 year old with you. Sleeping shifts it will be bonding and fun for her.
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Re: Do crew need their own room?

Are you talking about for a passage or a permanent position? I had done deliveries where I slept anywhere that was available. But if you are asking someone to make this their home for six months or more then they will need some amount of personal space.
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Re: Do crew need their own room?

Thanks for your perspectives.

This would be for eight or twelve months, something like the Caribbean or Panama to New Zealand.

I think we will have to kick the youngest kid out of her room and into the pilot berth. Or talk to a carpenter about turning the Pullman berth into bunk beds for both kids to share a room.
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Re: Do crew need their own room?

That would be my suggestion. While I have been willing to sleep anywhere for a few days maybe up to a month, when the timeframe gets pushed out to a year... Well you need some room of your own.
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That would be my suggestion. While I have been willing to sleep anywhere for a few days maybe up to a month, when the timeframe gets pushed out to a year... Well you need some room of your own.
In that context I would agree. Normally crew are aboard for short stints, but extending this out for many months is different.
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This would be for eight or twelve months, something like the Caribbean or Panama to New Zealand.
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Curious though, why would you take crew on for such an extended time?
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Re: Do Crew Need their own Room?

Rare that you will find a stranger that will work out for that long on a small boat room or no room. More likely you will have some turnover during the trip which is how it typically goes. I would not modify the boat, plenty of folks willing to sleep wherever it's dry for the experience.
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