Aside from sailing skills, there are some other significant talents, & attributes which it would pay for crew members to possess:
skills: Any & everything from intermediate level first aid, up to ER surgeon. Although probably the most useful, & realistic to find would be someone who's an EMT or Nurse.
- Anyone extremely handy with tools, but especially engine
mechanics (preferably diesel).
- Folks who are multilingual. Specifically ones who are versant at least at the conversational level or higher in the language(s) of any ports
you plan to visit, or may be force to pull into (due to inbound weather
, boat or personal casualty).
- At least 2 crew who possess good culinary skills, & can create quality meals
out of seemingly meager supplies. Poor food
is a DEFINITE morale killer, & good food
is surely the opposite.
- Folks who are dive certified, the more heavily the better. For obvious reasons.
- Riggers, Sail makers, or anyone versant in one or several of the Marine
- A good level of fitness & health
in most of the crew is key, as just being aboard a boat under benign conditions is tiring to a lot of landsmen. Let alone when Neptune throws a fit, & how much such conditions wear people out.
*The opposite is also true. Meaning those who are out of shape, in poor health
, have lots of allergies, or require specialized diets (even garden variety vegetarians or vegans, no pun intended) are going to put more of a strain on everyone else.
I imagine that with a little thought, you could add a fair number of other skills which it would be handy to have in crew members. The above are just ones off of the top of my head
Plus it would be wise to delineate, & write up a basic set of ship's policies. And to make sure that the crew has both read them, & signed off on them (literally).
A couple of items to remember when you're interviewing crew are:
- Imagine living with person X in your bedroom for 2 weeks, or a month, as that's essentially the level of privacy & intimacy you have onboard.
- Your life, & that of the rest of the crew may, & will depend on each crewman, so consider them accordingly.
- When on land they are ambassadors for the vessel at all times, so you need to chose folks with good judgment & manners (drunk, or sober).
Also, how do you plan to handle the requirement that there are sufficient funds for a ticket home for everyone onboard, every time you enter a new country?