Hello, first of all I apologize if this is in the wrong section. I would of posted in the frequently asked yacht questions section but it will not let me post there. A little about me. I have been day sailing for over 10 years, and have a infinity for boats and traveling. I grew up on lake Hartwell in SC and was taught how to sail by a veteran friend of my dads, on his 15 footer and 26 footer. I would do everything on the 26 from steering, to docking, trimming sails, as well as foredeck spinnaker trimmer, and maintenance on the boat, varnishing wood, take the windows out and re-calk, wash bottom etc etc. We also took both boats into the local racing regattas. Anyways without getting to long I am 27 now and considering a career choice into the yachting industry I have been on the forum for 3 days reading about 3 hours a day. I am about worn out with all the info. But it is all very intriguing and interesting. My first question (which a search did not pop up) is after getting my STCW95, and ENG1 - when I go to apply or run up and down the docks for a Job as a deckhand, and I actually get a job, what kind of money can I expect to make? I realize this can vary greatly depending on boat location, boat size/crew size, and duties the deckhand is required to do. But is there some sort of standard. I see that captains make $1,000 per foot annually, and that rate is actually going up based on changing times. So is there some general rule of thumb to go on or where should I start to figure out deckhand salary expectations. My second question is. As per this website http://www.mptusa.com/professional/captains_licenses.html#yachtmaster to get your yachmaster MCA Recognized and Accredited by the RYA Captains license they require 1: 50 days sea time and at least 2500 miles traveled 2: 5 days as captain 3: 5 passages over 60 miles, 2 overnight, and 2 as captain What does that mean, and how do they even verify that you have been at sea 50 days and 2500 miles? Thirdly, what if I don't want to be restricted to 200gts and 150 miles of coastal? What licensing is next. What are the requirements, and how long does it take to get. Fourth. Sorry haha.. I was reading something about the owners insurance needing to accept the captains to captain the yacht. Is this correct. If so, as long as your all up to date with your papers, do they just accept you, what are the odds of getting denied? Again I appreciate it. I know this might be kind of long. But you know us fellow new guys.. We are always eager to learn some more.