Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Pasadena Md - Magothy side
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Re: Looking for advice please to becoming crew please
Licenses and certification help - but have a logged under way time component that is hard to get unless you are working in the field (nice catch 22 there).
Any and all skills you can develop that are needed on a boat underway and at dock are valuable additions, don't overlook either traditional pink or blue (female/male) skill sets. Instead work for those you have an aptitude for - a short list is electrical, diesel, plumbing, cooking, logistics, medical (EMT cert for example) etc.
Many community colleges have reasonably inexpensive courses in those fields - and all of them make you a welcome addition on a crew, paid or not.
Keep your ears and eyes on the boards for folks looking for unpaid crew - some insurance companies require a set number of crew to move a boat to and from, not all that crew has to be licensed.
Stay flexible on your job (keep vacation time saved); jump at what look like safe opportunities, but be ready to walk if you don't like the conditions.
Can it happen, yes, and it does.
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