Wow. What leads you to believe that just because the economy is bad, that the yachting industry is bad as well? I am absolutely literally swamped with work and business. I have also turned down 2 different 6 figure full time jobs since the beginning of the year alone, both for excellent owners on excellent boats. I have a half dozen really good Captain's that I turn deliveries and daily captaining over to that I cannot handle due to other commitments. Most of the time they are all, already busy and cannot take the job either. Captain's that are very good at what they do, have no shortage of work whatsoever right now and have not since 2009. There was a little lull here and there in 2009, but not a whole lot. The yachts are still all out there, they still need to be constantly maintained, and the vast majority of the ultra-wealthy are still ultra-wealthy. Also, being a Captain, let me re-phrase that, being a good Captain is no paid vacation by any means. There is a lot of work involved and a lot of long days and most of the time the only thing you see in each destination is the marina because you don't have the time to venture anywhere else. Yes, there are some perks over traditional office jobs, but it is far from a vacation. Not to mention you're on call 24/7, a lot of your weekends and holidays are away from your family working, and in a lot of cases you give up a lot in your personal life because of your job.