still the idea of taking off into the ocean with some captain I don't know is a bit scary to me.....
And me as well.
The rags and web sites are FULL of stories of incompatible crew...it's enough to give me (personally) great pause in ventures like this. Of course, one could suppose that those are the good stories that 'sell,' and we don't hear about the ones where everyone gets along and with the romantic idea of "I made some good new sailing friends." Bad news sells, I guess.
That site looks like a good opportunity to make money for the site owners. In all the marketing glitz and made-up proverbs, there's not one word about vetting. Maybe that's all behind the scenes? It seems like you pay your $$, fill out a profile, and cap'ns and crews can review profiles to find "suitable" matches. The onus is still on YOU to vet your choices for truthfulness in profile and proper 'fit.'
Isn't this simply the sailing version of Match.com and other dating sites? Isn't there a good bit of "fudging" on those? Won't there be here? "Buyer Beware" still applies.
With all the sailing forums out there that allow "Request for Crew" type posts, it's hard to imagine folks spending money for this service. With the existing free forums as this service, it seems like you can more easily review a user's past posts (on that forum) to learn more about them...not just relying on a one-dimensional "profile" even if it is called a sailing 'resume.' From the forums, you know someone BEFORE the offer to crew appears...and you can filter offers from folks you know already that you won't get along with.
Sorry, but I am very skeptical about things like this. That's not based on personal experience, though...because I avoid them. This is just my opinion, and WHY I avoid them.
Finally, joining a sailing club might serve a similar purpose and with a much greater chance of success. Clubs provide the 'social networking' aspect, face to face though, not "virtual" and in some environs, cross contamination with other clubs. It seems it me, and again this is just opinion, if you want to spend money to meet other sailors, a club is a better investment...racing crew opportunities (one club here has a Wed. night series where "no one stands on the dock...all who show up get on a boat" and most skippers allow all guests to drive at least a little bit...low key racing), cruising/delivery crew opportunities, etc. It seems to me that MOST deliveries are set-up via word-of-mouth and face-to-face type transactions...being there to overhear that Jimbo needs his boat brought down to Marina X type of thing.
The club approach might cost a little more, but you meet the people BEFORE you even consider doing a multi-day delivery with them. The mindset, the psychology is very different. With the club, perhaps like the forums, you know first whether you are compatible with someone...you can tune out any opportunity from someone you know you don't like. Doing it the other way, you get psyched up about going on a fun sounding trip, and with the desire to go firmly planted, THEN have to look at the compatibility issue. This might make it hard to say "no." Just a thought...