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Discussion in 'Licensing & Education' started by Krillin, Aug 5, 2014.

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  1. Krillin

    Krillin New Member

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    Can you elaborate more on your journey and how you guys ended up where you are today? And do owners allow for engineers or captains to have their spouses onboard during trips?

    Would you consider turning your hobby into a job as a negative or positive impact? And if you could do it all over again, would you have followed your dream and moved out to Long Island again, or do things differently?
  2. Krillin

    Krillin New Member

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    Where in Ft. Lauderdale did you get your certifications?
    How long did you work on the 145 before you moved?
  3. Perlmudder

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    I went to MPT maritime professional training for my STCW. The rest I had before I went down there. I was in Florida for just under a year. Now, if I ever had the desire to ditch the normal life for a short bit, I would go back down and do a seasonal position, knowing when the end of it is.
  4. Bamboo

    Bamboo Senior Member

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    You could also go with the smaller boat life which is quite different than the "yachtie" or commercial world. From 50-80 feet vessels are almost a different planet than the larger vessels- no uniforms for one thing. Less people onboard and more of a do it all by yourself world. I left college and started on the marine life as a dive instructor/marine tourism worker. Then I became a captain- all of this while living outside the USA- for over a decade- while still traveling the world. Live on the island and work on the water. Now I captain a 20 meter sportfish (for the last decade) which does travel- but not as much. I'm paid well- but not as much as if I went commercial straight away (but I do know peers who make $300K+ while traveling the globe to fish- NFW can you beat that!); but on the other hand I know I had more fun and believe I had a much better quality of life than if I went commercial or to the yachts. You CAN life with less money while you are in your 20's and single. YOLO- and so do it well and enjoy it. IDK if that path is best for you- but it is out there and do-able.