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Thompson321
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  11:22:24 AM  Show Profile Send Thompson321 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Seems like everyone has a different take on it so I'm going to throw it out there to discuss. When talking about making a trip offshore, between getting boat from home to coast, gas, bait, ect... How does everyone usually split up the cost? I've heard some say they make it where the captain/boat owner doesn't pay, some include gas in the truck ect ect... Just wanted to hear different opinions on how you all normally split it. I don't think there's a right or wrong way but who knows. I just know I usually end up eating a little bit after I tally up the cost so no better time to ask around. Thanks in advance...

flyinghigh
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  11:39:19 AM  Show Profile Send flyinghigh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sounds like the cost of boat ownership and wanting to fish to me.
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rebelstate
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  12:21:20 PM  Show Profile Send rebelstate a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Other than having a friend buy the bait or the beer, I end up eating 95% of the costs as the boat owner, also depending on who I take I usually end up taking care of the motel bill too.. point is , sometimes thatís what u gotta do to get people to go, or go alone, and pay 100%, think about it..
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Head East
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  12:24:29 PM  Show Profile Send Head East a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Friends who fish with me usually pitch in but yes I normally end up paying most of the cost.

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Thompson321
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  1:02:30 PM  Show Profile Send Thompson321 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have no problem with paying cost associated with everything. It was more of a what does everyone do or people that generally are trying to find someone to go with. What do you run into or expect. Thanks again.
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FLORIDA_BOY2
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  1:12:03 PM  Show Profile Send FLORIDA_BOY2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a large enough base of friends who love to fish, that the way I set it up is I pay nothing. My crew covers gas in boat, truck, bait & ice. This is because I have the cost of boat payment, insurance, Sea tow, tackle etc. My crew will lose $50 in tackle at a minimum on any given trip. Iíve had a crew member let a whole rod and reel go over.

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Grady Bunch
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  1:12:36 PM  Show Profile Send Grady Bunch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We all split gas and bait for the trip.

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tanksgt
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  1:51:43 PM  Show Profile Send tanksgt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ever how you do it, make sure everyone understands up front. Don't need hard feelings at the end of the day.

ZX
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rebelstate
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  2:35:45 PM  Show Profile Send rebelstate a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Agree 100 % with tanksgt....
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natureboy
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  2:50:40 PM  Show Profile Send natureboy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As a guest on a trip , I had an entire 9/0 setup fly over the side while trying to get it to a rod holder as a large critter struck at the wrong time. I replaced the entire rig within 48 Hrs , including the black & red Boone lure. When used to do some chip in trips, I paid a portion of the fuel, withholding some for boat expenses & dock fees. Also if I captained , and someone caught an unusually good eating fish - like a triple tail , or a hog - I got a side. It is important that everyone knows whats going on from the start
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bennetmp
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  2:51:28 PM  Show Profile Send bennetmp a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We split the cost of gas equally. Everyone usually brings different food, beer etc. and no one really asks to be paid back for that. But, you better believe I'm splitting $1,000 gas bill between the crew.

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FLORIDA_BOY2
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  3:17:47 PM  Show Profile Send FLORIDA_BOY2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
$1000 gas bill?!?!

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bonecrusher
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  3:31:15 PM  Show Profile Send bonecrusher a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Every offshore trip Iíve ever gone on that was on a friends boat, the crew always splits fuel, bait, etc and also provides all provisions. Any beer, water etc not consumed stays with the boat. The boat owner has enough costs, his crew should be more than happy and willing to pay everything for the day.

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rebelstate
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  3:49:42 PM  Show Profile Send rebelstate a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Gas is my biggest expense, at 9 miles a gallon pulling the boat round trip from the upstate, and the average of 49 gallons of pure gas burnt going to the leadge and trolling, (four strokes motors, )bait , beer ,motel, food etc itís easy to spend close to 500 bucks but then again I have only twin 115 Merckís , is it really worth it to troll with 350 triples ?.. at a higher speed going out and the cost of fuel if we both can and have to troll at the same speed ?.. big and bad , poor or rich, donít think the fish give a ****....just sayin..
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Grady Bunch
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  5:17:45 PM  Show Profile Send Grady Bunch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Grady Bunch

We all split gas and bait for the trip.

Grady White 258 WA
"Just for the Halibut"



And we split fish.

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Thompson321
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  5:27:29 PM  Show Profile Send Thompson321 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We generally split all of the following cost: Fuel for boat, fuel for truck, bait, ect... Everyone brings their own food/beverages. Everyone knows when invited what will be asked of them. Thanks for all of the replies, its good sometimes to hear how others do it and to get some ideas.
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bonecrusher
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  7:52:58 PM  Show Profile Send bonecrusher a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The crew is also expected to help clean fish and the boat.

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Clemsontrout
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  8:29:25 PM  Show Profile Send Clemsontrout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Like said I feel as long as everyone knows up front. Iíve been a guest 5-10 times a year w same guy for 15 years. Once he started adding more and more motors to the back I said I can only contribute $100-200!a trip. Especially since the yellowfin are gone. I also buy lures or bait from time to time. Bottom line is if youíre fishing offshore it ainít cheap. Also itís gotten a little harder every year.
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northchucky
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  8:49:13 PM  Show Profile Send northchucky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Split costs of boat gas and bait. I usually offer to bring food/drinks for the captain but most people I roll with decline on that part.

Always clean/boat fish unless something crazy comes up. Harder now with having a 2 year old. Schedules get tighter

Captain gets choice filets.

I try to bring tackle and pitch in with my close buddies when I can.

Boat owner still ends up getting the shaft sometimes.... well most of the time probably. I do my best to contribute and be a helpful member of the crew for what itís worth



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boatpoor
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Posted - 02/28/2019 :  9:05:11 PM  Show Profile Send boatpoor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No one has brought up clean up after the trip,Then owner seem to always get stuck with it. You have to have a boat to know the work involved to wash, stow and get ready for the next trip. There is also a lot of expence just to sto the boat either on trailer or mooring!
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Thompson321
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Posted - 03/01/2019 :  08:18:59 AM  Show Profile Send Thompson321 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've got a good "normal crew" that will always stay behind and help clean the boat, even if it's midnight.... For the most part people I've met on here have always been more than willing to chip in and help as well. It's good to see everyone's thoughts on it. Thanks guys.
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saltydog235
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Posted - 03/01/2019 :  09:25:33 AM  Show Profile  Send saltydog235 a Yahoo! Message Send saltydog235 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Got a sign on the boat that says ďThis boat runs on gas not thanksĒ. Boat goes on the lift, if you can filet fish then go, if you canít start cleaning. If you donít want to do either, pay for your share and hit the road. Rarely do I have someone that wonít pitch in and do their share.

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bennetmp
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Posted - 03/01/2019 :  09:37:07 AM  Show Profile Send bennetmp a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"$1000 gas bill?!?!" Unfortunately, but also depends on where we are fishing - The boat eats fuel at about .8 mpg no matter the speed. When we're high speeding it goes over that, but sometimes I can get out for $700-$800.



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bonecrusher
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Posted - 03/01/2019 :  11:25:39 AM  Show Profile Send bonecrusher a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Thompson321

I've got a good "normal crew" that will always stay behind and help clean the boat, even if it's midnight.... For the most part people I've met on here have always been more than willing to chip in and help as well. It's good to see everyone's thoughts on it. Thanks guys.



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Wolakrab
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Posted - 03/01/2019 :  12:40:29 PM  Show Profile Send Wolakrab a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If I split the cost of a trip using my boat and I take 5 crewmembers, I split the tab for fuel, ice, & bait 5 ways-the crew is responsible for bringing their own food and drink. I pay for the dockage, maintenance, taxes, insurance, and don't expect to share those costs. I've never had anyone complain about this arrangement.
An unwritten rule is that if you don't help wash the boat after getting back to the dock, then you shouldn't expect another invitation.

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Edited by - Wolakrab on 03/01/2019 12:43:34 PM
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cbeck6523
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Posted - 03/01/2019 :  12:47:23 PM  Show Profile Send cbeck6523 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Depending who comes I usually pay for most of it. My bro is good about paying for stuff though. He gets invited every trip lol.

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