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09-20-2009 11:12 PM
husfujdshg Many thanks to ur post. I love it.
10-20-2007 12:01 AM
Do like I did...

Work hard for lots of years, save every penny & marry a rich woman who also likes to stand long night watches. Sound impossible? I did it. It takes a life-long, single-minded determination. There is no short-cut. Sorry kid.

Consider working overseas where you can save lots more money that you can living in the rat-race.
10-19-2007 03:54 AM
kptmorgan04 I will also promote the working offshore life for a youngin wanting to cruise.
I grew up a dinghy racer. Since high school wanted to buy a sailboat and cruise. Went to a maritime academy, got my Third Mate license.
Worked ashore for two years, thought to myself... "self, what the hell am I doing living pay check to pay check with no hope of cruising until after retirement?"
Quit that job, started working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico on a oil research vessel. 28 on/28 off schedule. Bought my 36ft blue water capable boat 8 months after starting working offshore and now sail her pretty much for 25 of the 28 days I am off. I sailed to New England in the summer and am heading to the Bahamas in the winter.
While back at work I have a friend who stays on her (luckily) except for this month so I had to bite the bullet and pay for a month slip in Charleston.
There are tons of jobs offshore, ranging from people with no experience to those with licenses already.
I have been starting to think about getting some education as a diesel mechanic as well, with the thought of transitioning from offshore down the road to that to support myself.
10-17-2007 02:12 PM
cdtjr JD

In response to your PM. I'm employed by Nabors Drilling. As to who's hiring go to
Create and post resume, search for jobs. You will find entry level, exp. positions as well as electrician, mechanics, crane operator, barge captains & ect....all oilfield related... US land jobs work 7/7, GOM 14/14, International 28/28. Stay away from W African nations due to security.

Good luck
10-17-2007 01:52 PM
uspirate I bought a lottery ticket and quit my job just minutes after purchasing my lotto ticket. man my dreams were shot, i thought i had it all figured out, buy a ticket and quit my job. i was jobless and penniless at the same time. married a rich chick that lost all of her money gambling. maybe i'll be like Sailhog and try the male prostitution thing. you can do that at any port , right??
10-17-2007 01:48 PM
Originally Posted by willykunkle View Post
So I guess I just kinda wanted to know what everybody HERE, on this message board does. Are you a full time cruiser? Do you go when you have paid vacation from work? where do you work? I just wanted to learn about the cruising lifestyles that people on here have.
I'm under 40 w/ limited sailing experience and preparing for a cruise.

For me this is all a result of trips I've taken all along on land. My destinations were getting more remote, trips were getting longer and in most cases more distant, etc, and I needed to change my methods.
10-17-2007 01:19 PM
Originally Posted by retclt View Post
I do like the lottery angle. I hope we hit soon . . . I've already spent it!
I want to win the lottery, too. I tried buying tickets and that didn't work. Now, I have a new strategy for winning the lottery. Instead of buying a winning ticket, I am hoping to find one on ground that someone dropped. After looking at the odds, I have about the same odds of finding a winning ticket as I have of buying a winning ticket. As a bonus, I save the money that I would have spent on all those losing tickets!
10-17-2007 12:50 PM
Originally Posted by RoofDaddy View Post
So you could either go to work or marry the rich chick.
Those who marry for money earn every penny.

I do like the lottery angle. I hope we hit soon . . . I've already spent it!

I married a school teacher who loves sailboats almost as much as I do. We can't afford to quit work right now so we live close to the water. We aren't living the Cruising Lifestyle . . . . . . . yet . . . . . . . but living close is better than nothing. I lived on a boat in Galveston the eighties when I was young and single and those were the best years of my life . . . . . . except for now with my lovely wife Cheri. 50% of the nations population lives within 100 miles of a coast . . . so you can have work and take a lot of mini cruises - like we do. We love the arrangement.
10-17-2007 12:15 PM
So I guess I just kinda wanted to know what everybody HERE, on this message board does. Are you a full time cruiser? Do you go when you have paid vacation from work? where do you work? I just wanted to learn about the cruising lifestyles that people on here have.

tell me your story!!
I am definitely not a full-time crusier.

Being self-employed and the sole owner of an architectural practice does have it's benefits, including finding time to go sailing. Not too sure about the long-term security of this arrangement though, since I'm both "the man" and an employee of my firm. If I leave the office to sail whenever the weather suits me, I lose billable time.

Nobody's ever made a truthful claim that this is an affordable lifestyle.
10-17-2007 11:49 AM
cdtjr Willy,

Have you ever thought about working internationally? I have been in the petroleum industry for 20. It would not be full time cruising but the pay is good and you work a 28/28 day rotation, so you can cruise every other month. Most companies will fly you out of any major US airport. Downsides is your cruising would probably be limited to US waters till you saved enough to quit and slipping your boat in a marina when your away. Entry level positions start around $60k a year, not bad for all expense's paid while at job and only 6 months of work.
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