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Old 02-07-2015, 12:37   #61
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Isn't this really the bottom line?

It's like:

Don't like guns? Don't buy one.
Don't like alcohol? Don't drink it.
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Can't afford guests? Don't invite them.
I think this is a bit naive. Lots of cruisers, real cruisers, that is, don't have much extra cash, but do have a boat that is in an exotic (and expensive location), would like to share that (already a considerable investment) and have friends that would like to be invited. And those friends are usually gratefully eager to help with the expenses. Everyone wins and is happy. If I invite a boatful of friends to my boat, in the BVI, it might easily run to over $2500 in extra expenses for the week. Surely you aren't saying that if I don't have a spare $2500 to drop, I should either refuse to accept their offers to help or not invite them? It's not like having a couple out for the weekend in SF Bay or the Chesapeake, and I don't think it should be thought of the same way. And I have to have friends aboard who didn't feel exactly the same way.
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Old 02-07-2015, 12:43   #62
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We take people out all the time. I just don't ask people to pay anything. That's just a guaranteed way to cause misunderstandings. If you can't afford to have guests, don't have guests.
I agree with you. I never ask guests to pay for anything. I do suggest they bring their own lunch for a daysail, 'cuz I'm a rotten sandwich maker!

It has nothing to do with whether or not I can afford it. The boat's there, add guests, go sailing.

I also ask repeated guests to bring a CD with their favorite music mixes. Got some great tunes from that.

I didn't charge them for it, either.
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Old 02-07-2015, 13:10   #63
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I think this is a bit naive. Lots of cruisers, real cruisers, that is, don't have much extra cash, but do have a boat that is in an exotic (and expensive location), would like to share that (already a considerable investment) and have friends that would like to be invited. And those friends are usually gratefully eager to help with the expenses. Everyone wins and is happy. If I invite a boatful of friends to my boat, in the BVI, it might easily run to over $2500 in extra expenses for the week. Surely you aren't saying that if I don't have a spare $2500 to drop, I should either refuse to accept their offers to help or not invite them? It's not like having a couple out for the weekend in SF Bay or the Chesapeake, and I don't think it should be thought of the same way. And I have to have friends aboard who didn't feel exactly the same way.
Very few (if any) have suggested that you refuse offers of help. Many have suggested that you should make sure you can afford it if they don't offer. So, if you have a limited kitty and know a bunch of moochers, yes, you should not invite them.
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seems such a simple question, yet 4 pages later
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