Re: Too Much, Too Soon?
spec, two things will help you get lots more time on boats.
1-let folks know you are available on short notice, and make sure they've got contact numbers for you.
2-Be RELIABLE. If you say you'll be there, be there and be there early and prepared. Lots of crew are incredibly unreliable, and if work gets out that you can fill in at the last minute, and you show up when you say you will, people tend to call you FIRST.
There are many ways to make yourself appreciated as crew, but those two probably trump them all.