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Bicyclesailor 11-13-2009 12:35 AM

Job Wanted at boat yard, anywhere
I recently started sailing a Bayfield 25 project boat in the Chesapeake Bay on the East Coast of the United States. I am graduating college in January, and am looking for a job at a boat yard that does at least some work on sailboats. I have a very good GPA (for what that is worth), am a bicycle mechanic and long distance bicyclist, and a fast learner.

I would really like any job that would help me learn how to work on boats, boat engines, sailboats, etc. I am willing to move almost anywhere, and am a clean, respectful fellow.

Can anyone help?



tommays 11-13-2009 05:15 AM

kd3pc 11-13-2009 09:43 AM

Spend a week on the lower bay (northern neck and south) visiting the marinas, have a resume in hand, ask to meet the owner, if possible and make your case, but be ready to work, get dirty and be in the weather, while at the same time being discrete and respectful of other peoples gear and boats.... I think you will be surprised and will find a job.

Once in, do what they tell you with energy, and offer to take any courses (only employed techs are usually allowed to go to the vendor schools and such) or OJT they may provide. Spend a few weeks listening, before opening your mouth about trying it your way.

I have seen some really tough bosses become the best teacher in the world,if the apprentice listens and responds with work.

You may ask about apprenticeships or internships...low pay, but training and a free slip...

You may ask a surveyor to tag along as well, as they see tons of things as well.

all the best.

JoeAbb 11-13-2009 12:01 PM

tommays 11-13-2009 12:20 PM

I think you will find for the most part the techs come in with some level of skill from one of the trade schools like MMI

I spent two years in school 1973/74 and had to do a LOT of power washing before i got to turn many wrenchs :)

At yard X for example they will bring in a Yamaha Tech to service a customers outboards as there so special its tough for them to have trained staff on all brands

At least in NY the grunt work is done in large part by a crew of ESL workers

Bicyclesailor 11-13-2009 12:24 PM

Some good help
Thanks for the help you all.

kd3pc, Where exactly are these courses that I might be able to take advantage of?

I did look at MMI, but the subjects they offer seem very limited. Where, for instance, would one learn rigging except from a master craftsman?


tommays 11-13-2009 12:39 PM

If you want to learn rigging you would seek out a place like McMichael Yacht Brokers LTD. (Mamaroneck, NY) as there a high end full service sailboat yard that does that type of work with in house staff

You will be working with the help of an experienced marine mechanic for a boat yard in business since 1935. Seasonal training courses encouraged. Full time, health benefits, 401k

AmeriCdn 11-13-2009 12:46 PM

i was in the same boat, i wanted to work in a marina though, you know what i did. I personaly went to every marina I could get to with a resume and made my case to whoever would listen.


I got a job I absolutely adore half tech half dockmaster, i work on boats all day long and do dockmaster work. I don't get paid a ton, but i get more than enough to get by in nyc. Also, to be honest with you I feel like i haven't worked a day yet since getting there.

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