Crew Uniform - Returns Policy
Here goes from a Captain's perspective ...... after all I have to justify the costs of everything out in the Middle East .... even on a 60m M/Y!
Out here if you buy anything, unless it expressely says you have a week to change items
Firstly, is the uniform the same colour scheme as the charter/guest uniform? If it is muster the crew with it on and look at the quality of uniform being worn. If it is shaby, washed out or marked then change it from your vast stock. I insist that these old clothes then become the winter working clothes, or they are either given to charity (there are some very poor people out here!), or given to the interior staff who chop them up for rags. After the interior have "killed" these rags, they are then washed and make there way to the engine room for mopping up spills etc ...... perhaps recycling at it's best? 8)
Hopefully, that will reduce your stocks!
Secondly, If the uniform is an old style you have three options here:
a. Use your network of Chief Stews to see if any are using the same items. Then speak to the Captain about offering these old style uniforms to other crews at much reduced price. If you can't return them to the shop, then beat them at there own game - after all they are still tagged and in good condition! You win by getting cash, the other crew win by saving money ....... the loser is the shop/ suppliers!
b. Out here we have a "swap shop". By that I mean we barter between crews in true Arabic fashion as all chandlery supplies are hard to come by, and to fly stores in is very expense and then customs have to be negotiated by the pallets! Do you need an interior item another yacht is willing to part with in exchange for uniform?
c. If the uniform is bagged, perhaps you could consider offering them to the Captain as gifts. You'll be amazed how a yacht T-shirt can ease the pains of a Suez Transit ..... or by thanking tradesman for a good quality service. They'll never know it's not wanted by the yacht and will be thankful for little gifts like this. Consequently, when you need some these guys will be there quicker than a Jack Rabbit..... it always works!! 8) But the decision to give the uniform away in this manner rests purely with the Captain...... be warned!
d. Lastly, with seasonal crew sub paragraph C applies. If they have done a good job reward them, a great way to advertise themselves if the yacht has a good name; but think that your T shirts will be on display at reknown pubs ashore!
One final point, I get quality printed T-shirts (polos, long sleeve work T shirts) for a fraction of the European price. My last purchase was 21 long sleeve work T shirts for 800 Dirhams ...... cost in Euros at today rate about 140 Euros or about 6.5 Euros each! If you would like contact details of my suppliers to conduct your own cost assessments, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope this helps...........