Overindulgence vs. social responsibility
For me it is pretty simple really, set the ground rules and if they are broken then get rid of the offender which I have often done over the years. They don´t really get the hint though, booze is endemic in this industry and the offenders go from yacht to yacht until they find like minded drinkers and that is often the Captain who also has the same habit. Sadly no matter how big the yacht, there is usually one crew member at least that persists in the booze habit that will always let you and themselves down, they just can´t help themselves!
What we need is for more Captains to not drop their guard and keep up the level of professionalism in this industry, as we know, it should come from the top but often doesn´t. Also other crew members, such as Mates, Chief Stew´s etc need to step upto the plate and also police their crew members and cabin mates, after all, they are in positions of responsibility, however this is hard when they might well be the perpitrators in the scheme of things. There are still way too many crew out there who indulge way too much in alcohol.
Anon. Yes it doesn´t take much to find a yacht not being steered in the right direction. Actually you are right, marinas are a great place to spot a poorly run operation in season or out. I also find yacht shows such as Monaco and Genova a good place to see who has their yacht sorted, or not as the case may be. It is easy to see, check out crew smoking on the dock in full dress uniform or on the side decks and chucking the butts into the port, check out the crew that walk around with their hands in their pockets, sit on the capping rail, spitting over the capping rail to name a few.
You would have thought that if any yacht Captain was going to have it sorted it would be when the yacht is in full public show at an event such as the prestigious Monaco or Genova gathering. Ill-discipline then flows on down to that very same yacht chartering, the same traits will naturally follow. You can always blame the crew which is a valid route, but the buck stops at the old man´s door ultimately. A great crew will usually mimmick the Captains management and running of the operation.