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I'm interested in finding some part time work when I retire in a few years and would like to make some dollars doing what I really enjoy doing. Are there any opportunities to sail professionally? What certifications are necessary to professionally skipper for a charter company?

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Re: Sailing as a profession

Good question maybe to general ? Can I add what is the compensation or income. So this part is not to general lets make it a vessel under 42foot? A starting point not the top of the income earnings.
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Re: Sailing as a profession

Thanks, Lou. I suspect a bit more info would be helpful, wouldn't it?

Rather than limit the discussion to boats under 42 ft, how about some info on what different levels are available and what the qualifications are for each.
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Re: Sailing as a profession

Sailing schools need instructors, cruise-n-learn operators need skippers, new boat owners might hire someone experienced for a trip or two to show them the ropes. Long distance deliveries often involve paid skippers.

We have several people on the forum here who boast the qualifications and experience to provide various degrees of the above services.. all of them will have 'qualified' through ASA, CYA in Canada, Yachtmaster courses, etc. Industrial First Aid or equivalent is another common requirement.

I think it would be a pretty good way to keep active after retirement - and will look into getting qualified over the next few years for that eventuality.

If you're young and Kiwi, then all you seem to need to do is show up in Antigua and get a job on a mega yacht

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