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Old 05-07-2002
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Hello all,

I''m about to relocate to Fort Lauderdale and am thinking of punting the I.T. gig for a deckhand position. Mostly for the variety and adventure, and because I did learn to sail a Laser one summer and loved it.

The only catch is, my wife will be in graduate school and I would like to see her once in a while (i.e. she can''t go with me)!

Are there any deck-hand jobs where I could get some experience but still return fairly often to port? I''m thinking like a tour/cruise/vacation boat that would take passengers on single day or 2-7 day voyages and then return them to FTL? Or do all of these jobs require me to be gone for many weeks at a time?

I talked to one crew placement agency, and they said ''youve got no chance'' but there''s lots of boats out there.

Notice that I''m only interested in sailboats, not motor yachts.

Any advice? I need to figure something out or else I may be flippin'' burgers in a few weeks!

Thanks a lot,

- Matt
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Old 05-08-2002
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In most larger ports there are harbor cruises generally associated with a dinner cruise, etc. They generally have several people aboard from deckhands to performers for entertainment. Don''t know if there is one in Fort Lauderdale or not, but that would be my suggestion for a start.
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Lawson, I used to be in the boating business, spent a lot of time in Ft. Lauderdale, and now I''m doing an IT job in Kansas City! About as far from salt water as you can get. Moved to KC, got married, sold the boat, bought a house, and about the only sailing I do is in my dreams at night. Boo Hoo...

Talk to the crews on the gambling boat(s), and the day tripping boats. Don''t recall and sailboat jobs where the boats stay in that area. There are lots of sailboats there that never seem to go anywhere and you could find a job on one of them fairly easily, I would think. For the sailing experience you are looking for, you might have to leave town for some time.

Good luck...
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