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Extorting crew
Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 3:31 PM
On board our yacht we have a problem with crewmembers extorting other crewmembers to take watches and switch shifts. Is it normal for crewmember to be pay our 60 euros for another crewmember to that their watch or switch shift with them?

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 4:18 PM
That is not extortion, it is bribery, and yes it is VERY common. Personally I don't see any harm in it. Both parties involved get what they want and no one is harmed...
Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 9:01 AM
Joined: 09/01/2009
Posts: 9

Some Captains will not allow this. As you could end up with one person doing to many watches in one night and become fatigued/tired and put the boat as risk. Any changes to the watch schedule should be passed by a Officer fist.
Capt Edward P
Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 2:12 PM
Joined: 06/01/2011
Posts: 81

Remember that all watch records are scrutinised by the authorities. I agree with the previous poster about fatigue. If you don't want to do your job properly, get off the boat ! This job's not for sissies. Yours 'aye Captain Ed...
Posted: Saturday, April 2, 2011 3:45 AM
Are these watches while the boat is underway or just at the dock? I have never heard of people switching watches while underway....although when at dock it all the time.
Posted: Saturday, April 2, 2011 5:19 PM
In port i will do it and i always say you howe me a Beer. Some times it has been the opposite. crews are supposed to be buddies, companyons, that is what makes mariners, no money, just friendship. At the moment too many back packers that want to visit the world being paid, Fine!!! but not on my boat. 25 years old, ALL THE TICKETS AND DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO OLD A BRUSH. and he thinks part A goes on fisrt and then part B shurelly things are not wright. but???? At sea i canĀ“t see it happening. AND IF IT IS HAPPENING!!!! NEXT PORT. LEAVE AND GO SOMWHERE ELSE.