Skipper is in charge of driving the boat, but if there are no other crew members on board, his jobs also include maintaining the boat, making all necessary smaller repairs during the sail, taking care of the paperwork in marinas, transferring the vessel from one marina to the other between the charters and other. He can also give you various useful advice, point out some interesting places for you to visit or things to do, answer most of your questions and show you a thing or two about navigating a boat. He is in charge of driving the boat and taking care of your safety.
He often cleans the boat and does other similar chores to ensure proper functioning of the vessel, even though it is not his primary job. Overall safety and pleasurable sailing mostly depend on good organisation, assigning duties and good relationship between the guests as well as between the guests and the skipper. Since you’ll be spending at least a week together at sea, it is important that you compromise and show respect for each other.
Most guests get along great with their skippers and often ask for him/her when they come back next year. When you hire a skipper, remember that you have to save a berth for him and provide his food. Skipper spends most of the time on board and always has a plenty to do, so he doesn’t have much time to cook meals for himself, so you should take care of this – regardless if you are eating on board or dinning out.
If you want your privacy, the skipper doesn’t always have to eat with you. Sometimes he can eat after you, or go to a different restaurant. With skipper you won’t have trouble to find a common ground, a that is one of the main conditions for the pleasant and joyful sail.
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