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wow the triton classifieds sure are depressing! i see about 4 captains for hire and 4 captains wanted! and all those for hire had years and years of experience...

oh well. i understand that there's always the possibility of a job on a boat with a not-so-great owner, but there's also the possibility of having an awesome owner! well i'll look into the mate thing. perhaps i'll be able to give that a try and see what i think from there. i appreciate all the suggestions!
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"But how would you get that experience with a sailboat short of buying one and sailing the world."
That's called apprenticeship. You serve as an apprentice, i.e. a low paid underling, and do all the scut work for a couple of years while you are documenting your hours. Same as any union job on land, or any harbor pilots' union, etc.
And there's that whole body of maritime law to protect sailors and repatriate them, because for hundreds of years they've been getting shafted and dumped without pay in all the odd corners of the world from time to time. (Nothing new about that.)

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Here's another thought to consider. The "very rich" who would employ a private captain are "very cheap". Don't know why that is, but it probably the inherent drive that got them to where they are. After going through the steps listed before in this thread, make sure compensation is well understood and agreed or you will be "very pissed.
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Here's another thought to consider. The "very rich" who would employ a private captain are "very cheap". Don't know why that is, but it probably the inherent drive that got them to where they are. After going through the steps listed before in this thread, make sure compensation is well understood and agreed or you will be "very pissed.
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well guys, you've officially talked me out of it lol. and mostly for the reason that i don't like being a waiter. i don't want to be anything close to a butler and bring food and the like.

well bummer. what should i do?
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There is always delivery work, but that too isn't as glamorous as it may sound. Forget much of a family life and remember delivery skippers get paid to move the boat, usually the time spent waiting for crew or repairs or the boat to be rigged are not compensated. The companys I am familiar with also require you to crew with them for up to a year (unpaid) before they will give you a boat. Of course if you have extensive prior experience as skipper this would probably be waived.
You could try crewing first to see if it is for you . There are a lot of opportunities out there.
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