Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Callao, VA
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you can make a living, and at your age, work should be readily available..commercial work, you will need deck card of some sort, twic card, and safety/fire training...often hard physical work in all weather, and you will be on board weeks at a time, sometimes months.
Private charter is a bit better on the body, but often you need a skill...diving, cooking, mechanics or prior boat experience. Many times you can sign on as crew, pay is not much but the experience can be awesome, travel, and the boat to yourself several months a year, if you have a good owner. Accomodations for crew will be sparse but overall conditions quite good.
A lot of times you can find work by introducing your self as a rookie to a boat owner/captain and they may take you on a trial basis...but you would need to sell yourself, honestly. Most captains/owners have awesome BS detectors, and will not risk the boat or crew for crap attitudes or egos.
Be prepared to learn a lot, and you have to enjoy the outdoors.
best of luck