||10-24-2006 09:57 PM
How to get a response
Browsing through this forum, I was struck by the number of 0 responses, until I opened a few to see how people were selling themselves.
Remember, would-be crew, that most of us owners have spent a very large amount of money to buy a very small - by land standards - home. If we are planning a longish trip, number of crew needed and where to get them is an early issue, and first choice to share a small space is going to be friends and relatives. People without friends and relatives are either lousy company (so don't sail with them) or unfortunate that they have chosen a very different way of life to their earlir f and r. They (we) are going to be very choosy about selecting a crew member - I recently got lumbered with a friend's friend for a few weeks and it was hell !
So, if you want a response,
* Tell the truth, do not worry about experience, most people would settle for limited experience if you fit in with them and/or the current crew.
* Specify your theoretical and practical knowledge and identify your experience to date - not just miles or days - boat size and power/sail, coastal, racing or cruising, day, long passages and your role on those experiences - cook, navigator, watch keeper.....
* Try to convey your personality to see if it matches or compliments the would-be skipper.
* Give your location (and how far you can travel to meet a yacht)
* State your age, sex, etc.
* State availability. (dates available)
Remember, THIS crewfinder is for cruising yachts, so availability for very short periods will not get you any responses at all - try other day-sailing or racing crew boards.
Check back here often to check for resposes to your post.