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07-10-2013 08:34 PM
ftldiver
Re: spent my life savings on a boat, looking for work.

I didn't read the whole thread, but from the 1st two pages and the last, it reminds me why I don't frequent sailnet as much as I use to.


such harsh advise for a young new sailor/

and 11 pages in 3 days? shesh.
07-10-2013 08:08 PM
Seaduction
Re: spent my life savings on a boat, looking for work.

Read this please: FORCES.CA - Home
Its a job, an education, a character builder.... (and the gals like a uniform.)
07-10-2013 07:16 PM
shadowraiths
Re: spent my life savings on a boat, looking for work.

Steve, here's a great story about another guy. He was a little older than you when he decided to pursue his dream.

As for finding work around the docks? My suggestion is to avoid the yacht club proper, and hang around other folk who are cleaning/fixing boats, etcetera. Offer to help out. Get to know them and let them know you. Then, next time they might need help being hosted in a bosun chair, or installing deck hardware, they might ask you. Also, check at your local chandlery to see if they're hiring. Since, at this point in time, sailing seems to be your passion.

Being able to get sponsored for racing seems to be the ticket. Though, I respectfully disagree with George, who seems to think you have to have a lifetime of sailing under your belt and be a who's who to get sponsorships. Imho, Ronnie is proof that is not the case. Though, he did find a niche, and that is giving back to fellow wounded veterans. Which arguably helps to lure sponsors. Still, he had to be able to sail and he had to be good enough to get their attention.

Don't know how you're funding your boat... hopefully with the guy who sold it to you as opposed to a bank. If so, he is likely to be much more forgiving than a bank... as long as you are able to send regular payments. If you have it paid off, then, that's even better.

As for shoulda, coulda, wouldas? What I have always told my kids, follow your passion. Shoot, I'm an old fart, and still following my passion. Even if that means learning to sail a dinky dink!

Anyway, just some off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts. Please feel free to take what you want and heave the rest. ^_~
07-10-2013 05:56 PM
ebs001
Re: spent my life savings on a boat, looking for work.

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Originally Posted by sailorneverdies View Post
I was just wondering if anyone had any insight on jobs i could apply for.
http://jobspress.com/sites/files/cla...d.jpg?10611316
Although it's Alberta it probably represents the shortest path to your financial goal.

There are other ads in the Halifax Chronicle Herald which you can easily check on line at Jobs | The Chronicle Herald
07-10-2013 05:55 PM
sailorneverdies
Re: spent my life savings on a boat, looking for work.

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Originally Posted by bljones View Post
East coast...
trailer park...
Bubbles? Is that you ?
AhAHA i wish! I love bubbles!! but no different trailer park, i was totally the bubbles of our trailer park though lol
07-10-2013 05:53 PM
sailorneverdies
Re: spent my life savings on a boat, looking for work.

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Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
Geeze. Ya could have went with it a little while longer.
ahaha sorry:P
07-10-2013 05:31 PM
DRFerron
Re: spent my life savings on a boat, looking for work.

Geeze. Ya could have went with it a little while longer.
07-10-2013 05:29 PM
bljones
Re: spent my life savings on a boat, looking for work.

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Originally Posted by sailorneverdies View Post
well if any one is wondering I grew up in a trailer park,
East coast...
trailer park...
Bubbles? Is that you ?
07-10-2013 05:26 PM
sailorneverdies
Re: spent my life savings on a boat, looking for work.

well if any one is wondering I grew up in a trailer park, and worked my way up from the bottom to where i am now, i Have two hard working parents that have always supported me no matter what, but I always felt the need to earn things for myself or the hard way. I also have had amazing coaches, and an absolutely amazing sailing director who helped me get to where I am today. I do not believe in free hand outs, I will live on the 14 with a boom tent if it comes down to it. this thread is getting a little out of hand. I was just wondering if anyone had any insight on jobs i could apply for.
07-10-2013 05:04 PM
DRFerron
Re: spent my life savings on a boat, looking for work.

While everyone speculates (and that's all it is) about Steve's motives, background, circumstances, I think it'd be incredibly funny if he's typing all this from the third floor of his parent's mansion.

I grew up with a descendant of the guy who founded GE. In high school (public) this kid looked homeless and was always working at low-paying jobs yet he could have bought and sold on a whim any number of the people and merchants who looked down on him. He had a trust fund up the gazoo yet didn't flaunt it.

My point is, NONE of us know enough about Steve's true background to make any assumptions about him based on where we were at that age or what we did to get where we are today. He wants to race. If anyone knows enough about that area of sailing, just help him do it forcryingoutloud. If whatever choices he makes are a mistake, he'll find out soon enough.
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