The most important tool that every skipper should have is a multitool with pliers and a sharp knife. Forget about cheap Chinese knockoffs, for the boat you need the best and that’s a proper Leatherman.
On a boat there is always something that need lubricating, or another thing that got stuck and the solution is WD-40. It protects metal from rust and corrosion, penetrates stuck parts, displaces moisture and lubricates almost anything. It even removes grease, grime and more from most surfaces.
A good headlamp is a must for night navigation.The RAW Pro is a waterproof, light weight, high power white and red beam head torch. Engineered specifically to excel in the harsh marine environment, you can rely on it in any situation.
Can you really gather an ideal crew for sailing, or is it just a myth? I like to think that you can. I would rather sail with a complete beginner who has the most important qualities written below, than with a world champion who lacks at least one of these.
Can you really gather an ideal crew for sailing, or is it just a myth? I like to think that you can. Everyone is different and there are no rules here. Some skippers require total obedience, others perfect fitness and sailing skills. I even found one piece of advice that says, I quote: ‘The only way to find a good crew is to marry one’. Great advice. I would love to do it, but a perfect marriage is probably also a holy grail that is as difficult to find as a perfect crew member.
I have sailed with many different crews over the years and I came to a conclusion that sailing skills are not important at all. I am experienced enough that I can teach sailing and seamanship to almost anyone, but I am not a wizard and I cannot change anyones personality. I would rather sail with a complete beginner who has the most important qualities written below, than with a world champion who lacks at least one of these.
Without a doubt, the most important quality for a crew member is tolerance. You have to be able to tolerate other peoples habits and flaws and be very diplomatic when resolving problems and talking about mistakes that were made.
Crew member must be determined that he/she really wants to sail on that boat, otherwise when even the smallest problems occur, people will quit. Determined crew will overcome everything to reach the goal, from bad weather to bad cooking.
3. Good will
If you really want to sail, you will probably make an effort to make it happen no matter what. A good will is definitely one of the most important requirements for a crew member.
It helps if a crew member is a mechanic, electrician or a doctor, but knowing how to improvise on the boat is the most important skill of all. Out on the ocean, you never have the right parts or tools, but if you know how to think out of the box, you will always be able to sort out everything reasonably well.
5 Sense of adventure
You have to be at least a little adventurous to set sail and to be able to really enjoy it, because you are actually going into unknown and you have to be ready to deal with anything that comes up your way.
I will give everyone a chance, so anyone who would like to join Hir 3 as a crew should apply for one of the sailing trips in the Adriatic in 2016. I will announce the dates and routes soon…
I have also found a list of qualities that ideal racing crew would have:
1. Unquestioning obedience,
2. Doesn’t mind getting wet, cold and bored,
3. Doesn’t bruise easily,
4. Doesn’t complain when bruised,
5. Strong, silent and agile,
6. Enjoys being blamed for things that aren’t his fault,
7. Has a bent towards telepathy,
8. Impeccable time-keeper and recorder of courses,
9. Naturally good eyesight for spotting distant buoys (desirable magnification on ordinary eyes: 4×30)
10. Likes winning
11. Very good when loosing
12. Preferred hobbies: sewing, woodwork and swimming.
This year in Croatia we had a really hot summer (just the way I like it:).
I have been busy with working as a skipper on charter boats on the Adriatic, so I didn’t have time to work on HIR, but I guess it’s a good thing I earned some money which I can now spend on my boat. It’s been almost two months since the last time I’ve been in Poreč on the boat, but that’s all about to change, because I’m heading there now… Stay tuned:)…
According to an ancient roman phrase ‘To sail is necessary; to live is not necessary’ (Navigare nemeses set, vivere non set nemeses)… HIR 3 is far from being ready to sail, but the summer season has arrived, and it is time to set sail, but on other people’s boats. Many people think being a skipper is a dream job, but is it really? I have been doing it for 15 years, so now I have decided it is the time to tell the truth about what it’s actually like.
According to an ancient roman phrase ‘To sail is necessary; to live is not necessary’ (Navigare necesse est, vivere non est necesse)… HIR 3 is far from being ready to sail, but the summer season has arrived, and it is time to set sail, but on other people’s boats. Many people think being a skipper is a dream job, but is it really? I have been doing it for 15 years, so now I have decided it is the time to tell the truth about what it’s actually like.
My typical working week in charter during summer months in Croatia looks something like this…
First thing I have to do is get to a marina where the guests chartered the boat from. The most popular charter bases are around Split and getting around Dalmatia in busses on a Saturday during peak season is no picnic. The bus is usually completely full and because of heavy traffic the trip takes much longer than usual, and then the hardest thing is to carry all your luggage from the bus station to the marina which is always quite far away.
When I finally arrive to the marina, I have to go to the charter company’s office and give them my license and check when the boat will be ready for us and meet with my guests. It usually always takes longer for the charter company to service and clean the boat than the guests would like, so I have to keep them entertained while we wait, which means shopping for groceries, lunch, drinks and discussing the weather forecast and the route for the week… When the boat is ready for embarkation, I have to check everything (engine, sails, electrics, instruments, equipment…) and get the responsible technician and do the check-in… and finally we are ready to go!
It’s already late, so we have only a couple of hours to find a suitable anchorage in the vicinity of the charter base because nobody wants to stay in the marina on the first night, but as soon as we sail out of the marina, everyone is much happier, more relaxed and my job is suddenly nice & easy. On the first night we discuss where we can go and what we can do that week. I have to figure out what my guests would like to do, if they like swimming and anchoring, quiet cruise, good restaurants, busy towns, beaches, bars, if they enjoy sailing all day long or they have no idea what they want. Sometimes people won’t listen to recommendations and it’s impossible to explain why some destinations are too far or why it might be a bad idea to anchor in certain bays in strong winds, but others really listen and accept expert advice which makes it all much easier and more enjoyable, not just for me, but usually for everyone on board.
First thing every morning I check the weather forecast and think about what our options for that day are and I discuss it over coffee or breakfast with my guests, so everyone is involved in planning. Of course, I always try to make some recommendations and I am very happy when people take them seriously. Since I always wake up first, the time from my first coffee until our departure passes very slowly, so I use it to check my e-mails, read and of course, take a swim.
We sail for a few hours if there is favorable wind and anchor somewhere nice for a short break to swim and have lunch, and in the afternoon a few more hours of sailing (or motoring) to our final destination. If we are going to a marina, the trick is to do everything you can to arrive as early as possible to get a berth, because they get full very quickly, especially if there is a weather warning in place. When we want to spend the night in a bay at anchor, sometimes in July and August it gets so crowded it is hard even to find a good spot to drop an anchor. Evenings are always the best time for me to relax and enjoy the fact that I am on the boat.
On Friday we have to refuel because we have to return the boat to the charter base with a full tank and during the summer moths this usually means an hour, or even two hours of waiting which is extremely annoying, but there is no way around it. Friday is our last night on the boat and usually nobody wants to return to the marina until the last possible moment. Instead we have to anchor in a bay that is very close to the charter base, so we can come back to the marina before eight o’clock on Saturday morning, do the check-out and leave the boat by nine o’clock latest when it’s time to say goodbye to my guests, run to another charter base and meet my new crew…
Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s not, but the job definitely has some advantages. If you are lucky and get nice people who you can get along with, it is probably the best job in the World… so if you need a skipper, visit my web site: http://crosail.com/