hoping that work comes up, or that a captain's license will help is flawed thinking.
No expecting work to come up or for a captains license to be a magic ticket is flawed thinking. Hoping for it though I think is perfectly ok. But that aside, finding work is not hard if you are willing to work...finding a JOB that pays well and you want to make a career out of or even tell your friends about is. Which is a big problem in this lazy a** country, but that is for another forum entirely pardon the digression.
Also as far as the remaining work, it is more comfort than safety, I did the latter first. I may just go down the ditch anyway, but I will determine that as I get closer. I would prefer to go outside, especially through Georgia, because that wasn't even enjoyable in a powerboat!