this is what you do for work i am guessing..
delivery for a charter or change of owners?
how big of a crew do you take along (understand you are not in position to hire staff i am just curious).
Your correct, we do deliverys when we can get them, but mostly we do trawler training charters on our own boat.* Currently, I'm in the middle of a delivery of a Defever purchaced by a guy in Australia who had to fly home.* Unfortunatley, were only taking it to Vancouver B.C. to be loaded on a cargo ship.* I'd rather take it the whole way, but a Defever is clearly not the boat for a trip like that.* As for crew size, it totally depends on the boat and trip.* The bigger the boat and the further the trip, the larger the crew.* For the current delivery (Defever 44) two people is plenty as we stop at night.* Interestingly, we had a lot of freezing spray on Friday, and spent much of our time working on the heater.**
On deliverys between Alaska and Seattle, I like a crew of three, so we can have two people in the pilot house looking for logs at all times. That leaves one person to attend to the engine room, cooking or resting.* Still, I've done the trip with two people lots of times, it pretty well depends on the boat.*
On off shore, over night passages, I think a minimum of three is needed, and I usually set a four on, eight off watch schedule.* That gives you plenty of time to eat, sleep or just rest.* My favorite watch is four to eight, as I get to see the sunset, and the sunrise.* I'm at my worst on the twelve to four, as about two in the morning, I seem to be at a really low ebb and have trouble staying awake.*
If it was up to me, I'd always have a crew of three or four, but many owners don't want to pay for them, so we go with the minimum.................Arctic Traveller* *