Hope everything worked out for you, Kaz'
I ran a delivery
business out of San Diego
for several years and was fortunate enough to have experienced crew available
for pretty much every delivery
. Our territory ran from Alaska
and points on the Mexican coast in between. Deliveries were a mix of pleasure craft from brokers who had sold them and needed to get them from A to B quickly and in one piece. Also had a couple of barge deliveries which were more long range and tedious passages.
On occasion, I would take a newbie, usually female, who was wanting some offshore
experience and/or sea time. At first, I was a little leary to take a woman aboard with a good attitude but few skills because I always figured they were not built for the adverse conditions you find off shore and lacked the physical strength particularly if we were beating uphill and had to crank winches for a few hours. I would have my wife interview them which helped to sort out the love boat
contenders from those who were serious about going to sea.
I was pleasantly surprised on more than one occasion when one of these young things would leap into a mechanical problem or engine
room issue. They all asked good questions and did not mind getting dirty. Only once when I was off watch did I find any evidence of hanky panky with other crew members and a quick word to both solved
that issue quietly.
Before selling the business about 12 years ago, I had developed a cadre of very competent crew, most of which were female, cleaner, tidier and more willing to do any job with out a word of complaint. The strength thing was never an issue. As one gal said, "if men
had to go through the labor of delivering kids
, they would realize how tough most women