I have done a fair amount of crewing
, so will give some of my perspective
and experiences (leaving out the whole crew vs charter
One method was a daily amount asked for by the skipper
to cover all expenses
while aboard. The good here was that one could budget
for the trip.
20 days x 40.00 = 800.00 for the trip. Easy and simple. The bad was once in port, most aboard wanted to eat off the boat and that greatly increased
expense. I was was on a boat in Europe
where we had 2 younger folks
(Backpacker types) and they couldn't afford this and it led to some
arguments with the skipper
Also with this method there could be some grumbling about the profit motive
when doing a longer run, Let's say there are 5 crew each contributing
40.00 per day but you're at sea for a week. That's 1400.00, way more then the cost of provisioning
Another method was where the skipper paid all bills,kept a tally and then
every week the crew settled up. Takes a bit more trust that all aboard will
have the actual cash on hand.
In both cases, what where considered "expenses" should be spelled out in
a clear and concise way BEFOREHAND
Fuel, in or out
Food, in or out with some indication of diet
, in or out
Alcohol, in or out (sometimes separate line item because some folks are dry)
Food on board while in marinas, in or out
These are just a few that come to mind
I was once considering joining a boat for the ARC
skipper sent me a 25 page crew agreement that got down to
the size drawer I would have to store my clothing
The trip was cancelled due to a family
illness of the skipper
but I was set to go because I was impressed by the thought
indicated by the thoroughness of the agreement.
There is no doubt in my mind that some skippers want and or need
the "crew" money
to leave the dock
and some are trying to make a profit.
The basic point is that all methods work, If and only if
everything is spelled out in advance and agreed to in advance.
Surprises don't work well for anybody.
In all cases boat maintenance
was the responsibility of the owner.
Sure the crew washed down the boat and contributed labor to the daily
upkeep of the boat, But if a new battery
was needed or the
needed an alternator
replaced that was on the owner.
I mentioned in the beginning that I was not going to get into
the whole crew v charter
thing, I will just say that I'm 100%
positive that some trips I've been on would have been considered
a charter if they took place in the US.
I'd check the laws in the countries you plan to be in
and also run it by your insurance
You don't want to lose everything because of a broken finger
or a mishap at a marina where your carrier says
Hey buddy you're not covered while running