I think it would interesting to comment on owners (no names) that push the behavior envelope in both extremely good to extremely abusive. We have all been on boats that weíve wanted off of at any cost. Iíve made an obvious correlation between macho owners who disguise their fear during stormy weather by yelling at everyone in sight and a few that are cruel by nature. Fortunately in my case most of the people I work for are easily the nicest people Iíve ever met. One of my clients has virtually adopted me into the family. They refuse to go out to dinner in port unless I go along and are constantly concerned with my comfort. Iíve given up trying to be seen but not heard and sort of
behind the scene. Summing up, it appears to me that the most difficult part of our job isnít mechanical problems or bad weather, but communication and respect between all onboard.