Go Back   Cruiser Log World Cruising & Sailing Forums > Cruising Forums > The Poop Deck
Cruiser Wiki Click Here to Login

Join Cruiser Log Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-26-2007, 01:03 PM   #1
Ensign
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 3
Default

Hi I am looking into getting a crew position, but do not know how to determine if a ship/captain is safe for me to go on. Since it is unlikely that you get the chance to meet prior, do any of you have any tips or advice on how to find this out prior? I am a 27 year old female, so this is a something that is far more prevalent to myself and other girls trying to get into chartered yachts. Please help me and any other girls who haven't yet asked, what to do. Thanks, Ali
__________________

__________________
caliali1632 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2007, 02:44 PM   #2
Retired Mod
 
Lighthouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Home Port: Durban
Posts: 2,984
Default

I suggest you read the full page at http://www.cruiser.co.za/crewfinder.asp

Good luck
__________________

__________________


The World Cruising & Sailing Wiki

Help to build this free, online World Cruising Guide.

"Built by cruisers, for cruisers''

I've Contributed to the Cruisers Wiki: Most sections
Lighthouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2007, 03:23 PM   #3
Ensign
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 3
Default

I meant on paper or really find out, not just a feeling you get or the actions of the captain. I want to know if there is a way that you can do a background check or if it is realistic to ask for references?
__________________
caliali1632 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2007, 03:31 PM   #4
Retired Mod
 
Lighthouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Home Port: Durban
Posts: 2,984
Default

Quote:
girls trying to get into chartered yachts.
Just noticed the above from your first post. Are you looking to crew commercially? If so, this is a totally different ball-game.
__________________


The World Cruising & Sailing Wiki

Help to build this free, online World Cruising Guide.

"Built by cruisers, for cruisers''

I've Contributed to the Cruisers Wiki: Most sections
Lighthouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2007, 03:37 PM   #5
Ensign
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 3
Default

That would be my ideal situation, to be on a commercially chartered yacht; however, I have not found any that will take someone without experience. So if you know of any commercial charters that will, I would love to know how to find those. As of now, I am trying to find a charter that will give me the experience that I need to get the commercial charters. You can email me at caliali1632 at gmail dot com or I am on AIM piratelover1632. I don't know if that is easier for you to communicate more quickly.
__________________
caliali1632 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2007, 03:49 PM   #6
Retired Mod
 
Lighthouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Home Port: Durban
Posts: 2,984
Default

Your best bet is to scour the commercial crew agencies (google for names). The crewfinder on this forum is used by private cruising yachts looking for non-paid crew to assist with passages.
__________________


The World Cruising & Sailing Wiki

Help to build this free, online World Cruising Guide.

"Built by cruisers, for cruisers''

I've Contributed to the Cruisers Wiki: Most sections
Lighthouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2007, 08:55 PM   #7
Admiral
 
Auzzee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Home Port: Darwin
Vessel Name: Sandettie
Posts: 1,822
Default

In many cases is it a question of trust. You are seeking a crewing position and have no checkable sailing history. Are you suggesting a skipper must abide by a standard that you set, but which you cannot personally meet?

Anyway, best of luck in your quest. Take a look at some of the sailing schools which specialise in training novices to become competent, commercial crew.

Cheers

David.
__________________
"if at first you don't succeed....Redefine success"!


Auzzee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2007, 01:37 PM   #8
Moderator
 
JeanneP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 2,098
Default

Are you familiar with The Triton, Nautical news for captains and crew? http://www.the-triton.com/

They've offered some good tips in the past.

Worth looking at.
__________________
In 1986 we went cruising for a few years. After 20 years and 50+ countries and several oceans, we are STILL "cruising for a few years".

SY WATERMELON |
MV WATERMELON (New) | Cruiser's Dictionary, free ebook

= Cruiser's Dictionary, North America,
JeanneP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2007, 07:54 PM   #9
Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 48
Default

Once you've narrowed down the potential captains, you can search the net for one of many competent investigators who can run background checks on the guy/girl for a very reasonable fee, tho this will limit you primarily to American captains.

An amazing amount of information about someone can be gotten this way, relatively quickly. for what its worth, I think ou are wise to be careful.

seer
__________________
Seeratlas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2008, 09:54 PM   #10
Ensign
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 20
Send a message via Yahoo to ughmo2000
Default

Simply asking for, and checking references from the captain's prior crew has worked for me quite well.

Best of luck on finding your boat!
__________________

__________________
It's a great day, I woke up!!
ughmo2000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trying To Find A Way In! Decilar The Tavern | Welcome Aboard 3 01-24-2011 11:59 AM
Where To Find Updates On My Voyage On The 27th Robinsvoyage General Cruising Forum 1 05-17-2009 05:15 PM
Looking For A Ship & Captain To Take Documentary Crew Transatlantic searad General Cruising Forum 2 07-15-2008 02:34 PM
Oh Captain, My Captain! Lighthouse General Cruising Forum 32 04-08-2008 09:04 PM
Help Needed To Find A Skanti Manual gails The Poop Deck 8 02-29-2008 11:37 AM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

RV & Travel Trailer Communities

Our RV & Travel Trailer sites encompasses virtually all types of Recreational Vehicles, from brand-specific to general RV communities.

» More about our RV Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


All times are GMT. The time now is 04:12 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0