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For the past 15 years, I have been working in the transportation and logistics industry. I have had my class A commercial drivers license with every endorsement possible on it. In short, if has wheels, I can legally operate it on the road. I have been working in the live event marketing and production world for the past 6 years and need a change. I don't enjoy flying and love the water, so what better industry to get into than the marina world!

Does anybody have any suggestions for a guy who is determined to get into the marina industry? Is getting a OUPV/SixPack Captain's License a good way to start? Any insight or advice would be very appreciated!
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Learn how to sail first. Take some classes and get some time in. Getting any of the Captain's licenses is going to take a lot of time. I believe it is almost a year's worth of sailing on federally regulated waters. Not the local lake on that..... Go to the American Sailing Association or US Sailing websites and find a school to get some lessons. You obviously are going to need a boat to sail on as getting the necessary time for USCG Captain's Licenses is kinda tough to do via charter. Its not just book work. Try these links;

ASA

US Sailing

Six Pack Classes

Google is your friend..

Good luck!

And this place is a great resource too.........
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When you say you want to get into the marine industry, just what do you have in mind?
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I figured working at a marina would be a good way to learn the industry from the ground up. I'm still not sure if I want to concentrate on sailing or power boats. I just don't know enough yet.
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You need to help us out more.
Do you eventually want to run and/or own a marina? Do you want to work in manufacturing of boats or related marine equipment? Run a charter fishing boat? Do you want to be a boat broker selling used boats? Work in distrubution of marine products? Pump gas at the local marina? Marine engine mechanic? General boat repair / refit?
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I figured working at a marina would be a good way to learn the industry from the ground up. I'm still not sure if I want to concentrate on sailing or power boats. I just don't know enough yet.
Um, maybe so, maybe no.

The marine industry is pretty diversified. Depending on the marina and your actual job, you may find that it's pretty similar to working at the Exxon station although in a more picturesque setting. But you'll never have to empty a holding tank at an Exxon station.

Smaller marinas may only provide dockage or dockage and fuel. Bigger marinas may expose you to repair services, boat brokerages, etc.
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I would think a larger marina would be more diverse. I mainly want to get a captains license to start a small charter business. My main focus is understanding and learning how the industry operates. Once I get a firm grasp on that, I would be able to carve out a niche. I've been looking into yacht hauling companies thinking that may be a good segway into some of the larger marinas since I have so much experience in that field. Im relatively young (mid 30's), no wife or kids so I would be able to devote all my time to this endeavor. Im a pragmatic dreamer who follows through. I want to learn the correct way and if I have to pump a little gas in return for some worthwhile experience, so be it. Without ever being in a marina environment, its hard to get more specific than that. Any advice good or bad is welcome. If im going to go through with this I don't want to be completely blind going into it.
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... I mainly want to get a captains license to start a small charter business. My main focus is understanding and learning how the industry operates. Once I get a firm grasp on that, I would be able to carve out a niche. I've been looking into yacht hauling companies thinking that may be a good segway into some of the larger marinas since I have so much experience in that field. Im relatively young (mid 30's), no wife or kids so I would be able to devote all my time to this endeavor. Im a pragmatic dreamer who follows through. I want to learn the correct way and if I have to pump a little gas in return for some worthwhile experience, so be it. Without ever being in a marina environment, its hard to get more specific than that. Any advice good or bad is welcome. If im going to go through with this I don't want to be completely blind going into it.
Hondo,

Love your enthusiasm -- that'll help immensely.

As others have mentioned, the long pole in the tent for the six-pack license is the documented sea time requirement. One way you might consider is trying to find a job as a hand on a commercial or charter fishing vessel. The pay will likely suck, but since you've got no dependents you may be able to make it work. It'll get your foot in the door, and you can begin to bank those hours against the sea time. You'll also get a view of the marine industry from the sides of both a service provider and a service customer.
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