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#1 Beachcomber

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 12:23 AM

I saw a few references in videos by guys on the Volvo Ocean Race who referred to themselves as "boat captains", although they weren't skippers of their boats. In that case, what does boat captain mean? Are they in charge of maintaining and fixing things at sea?

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 12:52 AM

^ essentially correct. He/she is the link between the boat and the shore crew too.

#3 dogwatch

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 06:15 AM

That would be the bosun then.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 07:16 AM

I saw a few references in videos by guys on the Volvo Ocean Race who referred to themselves as "boat captains", although they weren't skippers of their boats. In that case, what does boat captain mean? Are they in charge of maintaining and fixing things at sea?


...it's a 'nice' term given to the unpaid schleppe who does all the crap-work,
,,in order tat he feels important :)

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 02:03 PM

I saw a few references in videos by guys on the Volvo Ocean Race who referred to themselves as "boat captains", although they weren't skippers of their boats. In that case, what does boat captain mean? Are they in charge of maintaining and fixing things at sea?


...it's a 'nice' term given to the unpaid schleppe who does all the crap-work,
,,in order tat he feels important :)


Not even close...

#6 Left Hook

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:34 AM

how does one adequately describe or define 'boat captain'. its not easy to do...

#7 USA190520

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:18 AM

He's the guy you listen to

#8 GnarlyItWas

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 04:48 PM

When all the rock stars and owner fly home the boat still needs a captain to get it to the next place.

#9 nkb

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 05:35 PM

Boat captain runs the shore team, responsible for anything technical, oversee the logistics (with a logistics person if the team is big enough) and are also responsible for all deliveries.

The boat captain will be the person who knows the boat best.

In crewed racing the boat captain will be part of the sailing team. In shorthanded racing there is too much to be dealing with ashore.


Skipper shows up on the day and drives. Generally.

#10 ropetrick

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 01:45 PM

Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be boat captains.

#11 Tom O'Keefe

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:16 PM

Skipper=CEO
Boat Captain=COO

#12 Clovis

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 11:09 PM

http://www.vendeeglo...at-captain.html

C.

#13 jkdubs808

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 11:44 AM

Interesting......

#14 VMarchetto

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 01:04 PM

you can also call them jigs

#15 No. 6

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:58 PM

Back in the day they were called BN's.

#16 Mr. Fixit's brother,, Mr. Fixit

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 05:23 PM

Back in the day they were called BN's.


uh-oh,, here it comes

#17 No. 6

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:05 PM

You say that like it's a bad thing?

#18 Mr. Fixit's brother,, Mr. Fixit

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 07:59 PM

There have been some major long threads regarding the 'political correctness' of that term. don't get me wrong I am a proud owner of a 'BN Ball' T-shirt and earned my keep with that moniker for many years and may still do so (earn my keep). Surprised no one else has chimed in on this yet.