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Originally posted by Spike_dawg
We talk about sharing costs but we really are talking about sharing life, the boat family and the people we meet in our travels. It's not about money at all...you can't buy this.
How I agree with that! One fellow in the Solomons wanted a pair of shoes, and I just happened to have a pair (too good to throw away but replaced with a "better pair") that fit him. When the fellow asked what we wanted to trade for them, Peter answered "whatever you feel it is worth to you." He brought back the most beautifully carved, and unique, Totizu. I was amazed and delighted, never thinking my old shoes were worth that much to anybody. Children would swamp our boat with limes; sometimes, I thought, just for the joy of gathering and seeing my appreciative face when they presented them to me.
However, it's the boats charging a "daily fee" for the privilege of working on somebody else's boat that concerns me, and I have heard from plenty of boats that did it. Where a person's presence on the boat increases the boat's checkin or checkout fees I can see that this should be reimbursed to the owner/skipper, but it's the "wear and tear", "insurance", "cost of the boat" fees that I take issue with. As soon as those "overhead" costs are charged, the crew is no longer a working, sharing-the-load crew but rather an income-producing passenger for the owner.