Hi. I am seeking some advice................ For my next adventure I am looking at the super yacht industry, initially as a mate. I am ex New Zealand navy and have considerable command experience in vessels 30 - 50 metres as well as several years watch keeping in frigates and other ships. Also completed about 15,000 miles cruising the Pacific in my own 40foot sloop. I am a competent ship handler, navigator, and seaman. Am also a capable engineer and would be comfortable overseeing the plant and machinery of a vessel up to 50 metres. As well as that lot I have had management experience in the retail and tourism industries. I plan on heading to Europe in April / May 08 to look for work and by that time will have obtained the RYA 200ton offshore skippers and basic STCW 95 tickets in addition to my RNZN Bridge Watchkeeping and Ocean navigation certificates.. So my question: is being 50 years old going to be a major obstacle in finding a mate position????