Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: South Florida
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Check out the sailing clubs, especially the race nights, and the bulletin boards. Many times boats need crew, or "rail meat" to be crude, for the races, or unpaid crew for moving vessels. You may not get a chance at the wheel but you can get a feel for what's going on.
Consider taking sailing lessons on small boats. They will tell you in an instant that you're doing something wrong. You then get a chance to figure it out before the instructor comes alongside and gives you a couple hints.
Take some USPS courses. Get your advanced piloting or junior navigator certification then start networking. Volunteer to take a boat from port to port, whether short distances or overnight.
Eventually you're going to need to move to bigger boats. Getting ASA certification will open doors for bigger boats, more challenges, and more experience.
Capt. Douglas Abbott
USCG/MCA IV/C.I./M.I. 500-ton Oceans
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