I used to do a lot of deliveries to the Caribbean
and recruited crew members in just about every way you can imagine (except craigslist since this was back in the olden days before the internet). I had good and bad results from every method.
Most of the time we recruited crew from friends or friends of friends and it worked out well the majority of the time. One that didn't was a friend that was very compatible but turned out to be the most sensitive to motion sickness of anyone I've ever met. Picked up a few crew along the way with fair success but overall did better with friends.
I never had a problem taking along someone with zero experience on a boat. Did one delivery
on a 32 with 2 crew, neither of which had ever been on a sailboat or even at sea and it worked out great. Just made sure we started out with one rule
When you are on watch and there is anything
, call me.
If you see something, call me.
If you hear something, call me.
If you smell something, call me.
If you think you might have seen, heard or smelled something, call me.
When I doubt, call me.
I don't care if I've been on watch for 24 hours and just went to sleep, call me. I promise I will not be mad but in fact will thank you profusely if you call me.
Worked perfectly and after a few days when I got a handle on the crew that rule
might be modified a bit.
I did one 3 day sail double handed with a dead autopilot
beating in rough weather
. By the time we got to a place to anchor
for a rest we were both completely exhausted. After that I always made sure I had minimum three on board for a passage