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Well, my 18 year old son is finishing up school now and he wants to sail full time next year. He has my full support and I firmly believe in living your dreams. My motto always will be: "The greatest fool is the one who did not try."
The greatest fun is going to sailing school with him, sailing with him, making mistakes with him and encouraging him ... how many old sailors can say they did that with their son?
My advise is:
1. Get your diesel mechanic certificate
2. Get an open waters diving certificate
3. Get your welding certificate and then do a cross training for underwater welding
4. Get your basic electricity wiring certificate.
With these qualifications you will ALWAYS find work in any part of the world!
Once you have traveled around the world and you know all the cultures and what the world looks like, go and study - you will not only achieve better results than the brats fresh out of school, but you will study what you love.
In any case you can never become a good naval architect or marine engineer without first knowing what makes a boat tick ... and that comes only from sailing and fixing these ladies for a few years.
PM me if you want to chat with my son.
All the best with your plans and live your dreams!!