Originally Posted by Gianluca
I was curious to know what other cruisers do; the practical way.
There are very many people who will crew for you for free. Many of them have good sailing experience and just want to be on a boat since they don't have their own. Everyone who knows what they're doing expects to cook, clean, and share in the work needed to upkeep of boat during the trip so you don't have to feel guilty for having volunteer crew help you out.
If someone can't afford to go along with you without pay, they might not really be who you want along anyway. There are people out there who will take advantage of you as their employer/boss. That whole employer and employee thing brings out the worse in some people.
Sometimes people do just want help and to pay for it. If that is you, make sure and get professionals with experience rather than someone just wanting a paying ride.
if you want pros to help you, they are used to getting paid and you probably could just talk to a delivery skipper or two about the PAID crew they've used or how they're paid by their boss and how it all works out. If you don't know any of those people, maybe you could talk with the people at your local yacht club? There will be people there who have hired crew and who have been working at some point as delivery skipper or crew. Those people can tell you how things work on the paperwork side, too.
Have a good trip.