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I "built" a sailboat back when I was pre-teen using my dad's Jon boat. That was decades ago, and the love is still there. Even ran away from home around 13 years old and hitchhiked to Shalotte, NC and tried to get hired on a shrimp boat (they didn't hire shrimp though). I volunteered for the Navy and took my GED early to join, because I love the water. School, the Navy, work, family all put sailing on the back burner. I now have a boat, as does NoQuarter79. We both have boats, but no experience to take her out (plus my boat is not ready). Ambition? We're looking for ways to get the experience. I still need to earn an income though and thinking how I can combine my love of sailing with earning an income...

I just read something about a STCW MEDICAL FIRST AID PROVIDER and PERSON IN CHARGE OF MEDICAL CARE. As a Registered Nurse this appears to be something I'm qualified to do, but need to find out more. Another thing is radio officer, and I'm looking for more information.

Once I get my sea days I plan to take the Masters License exam and maybe run a small chartering business to keep my mains'ls in good repair... Anything that can combine my love of the water and sailing with being able to stay at it.
When the Savor Grace is all shipshape and you feel ready, I wish you fair winds and following seas. Bon voyage, at that time, and have fun!
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Craig:

Now I am going to talk to you like a father - since I am most likely old enough to be your father, or even your grandfather....

[Metaphor alert!]

You are "flogging a dead horse." Let me put it to you in simple words (remember, this is family speaking...)

Having knowledge, getting certifications, being able to show that you are committed to learning about sailing are all very good things. They are, however, only the "icing on the cake." Continue to make the icing, but get focused back on the cake.

The "cake" is actually getting on a boat and sailing. You need to focus your energy on finding people who will take you sailing and give you experience. If you are truly committed that may mean long drives to a coast. It may mean moving to a new town. And it means a continuing campaign of putting yourself out there as available, dedicated, and ready to go the extra mile.

You are a two hour drive from Charleston, a major sailing center. What would happen if you focused your search there? I don't know, but I bet there are more opportunities then in Seven Oaks.

Let me help you understand outbound's post.

Remember, I have been doing this for years - 15,000 nautical miles plus or minus in the last 5 years including a solo transit of the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Portugal- then read this post:
Hitting the Wall.
Being offshore can be terribly frightening (and for that matter highly dangerous - people do get killed doing this.) A Captain who is trying to deal with the weather and the boat can't also be dealing with the crew. He/she needs to know that they are dependable and will work at bringing the situation to a safe ending. Taking anyone with no experience, no matter how dedicated, offshore is a "crap shoot" most Captains are not will to take.

Focus on the "cake." Do anything you can to build a resume of actual time sailing on boats. Continue your book learning, it will make you better crew. But first and foremost, work toward getting those first few rides.

[/Metaphor Alert!]

Good luck!

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Re: Hard time finding crew opportunities

what if the captain is a drug runner wow that would suck.
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what if the captain is a drug runner wow that would suck.
For all we joke about needing rum the much more frequent problem is the Captain is a drunk.,

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Re: Hard time finding crew opportunities

Zypher- thank you for the kind words. On or about the 16th will leave to do the ~1500m to get to our home port. Will take another future Outbound owner with a masters ticket and a another gentleman who has many miles under his keel and is coming with strong recommendations from people I trust.
I think when possible owners have an obligation to help the younger crowd along. So will take a fourth. Now I know three can do this passage without issue (came down with three). So I know if fourth doesn't work out need to just adjust watch schedule. I know others on the boat were prepared to go with three and are prepared to do overlapping watches to cover the newbie until we feel secure.
I think it is only in that or similar setting that OP will find a berth. He/she need to be prepared to pay to get to the boat and leave the boat. Have all their own kit including the standard personal safety stuff. Odds of finding a double berth are vanishing small. Odds of finding an owner willing to be inconvenience or incur expense beyond provisions are slim as well.
I knew OP was looking for a berth. Went to OPO to find a newbie. Nuff said.

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Why not get a job in the charter industry? I'm sure they handle all things boat. At least for a while.

Probably best to just take you own boat around though. Then you'll be able to help others like yourself.
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Well here's a question that I need help with. I am a registered nurse, licensed in SC and VT. My SC license is a multi-state license and allows me to practice in 25 of the 50 states, plus federal facilities and Indian lands. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I might find the rules and regulations of practicing privately for a vessel on the ICW? My SC license covers many of the ICW states, but not all. And I will eventually want to know about practicing on the open oceans and other countries. The USCG has a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) that I qualify for as a "Professional Nurse" but I can not find the scope of practice for it. The Coast Guard is not a good source of information; If you talk to two people on their help line you get three different answers, and all of them are wrong.

Any thoughts on where I might could find the information I need? Has anyone come across a nurse practicing in this way, or for the boating public?

And I recently obtained my General Radiotelephone Operator License + RADAR endorsement, and the GMDSS Maintainer/Operator License + RADAR. Any thoughts on getting maritime work with these?


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Re: Hard time finding crew opportunities

We've met met many cruising nurses that use this type of service:

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Re: Hard time finding crew opportunities

Thank you. I have been a travel nurse, but I could only work where my license was valid. The issue here is working privately on a boat and either on the open ocean or the ICW where the particular state we may be in does not recognize my license for their jurisdiction. As I'm licensed in SC, I can work using my SC license in NC, VA, MD, etc., but not GA or FL. So in GA or FL I couldn't work in a hospital for instance, but I don't know if I'm traveling with an individual as a private nurse whether I can practice in GA or FL, or other similar situations.


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Well here's a question that I need help with. I am a registered nurse, licensed in SC and VT. My SC license is a multi-state license and allows me to practice in 25 of the 50 states, plus federal facilities and Indian lands. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I might find the rules and regulations of practicing privately for a vessel on the ICW? My SC license covers many of the ICW states, but not all. And I will eventually want to know about practicing on the open oceans and other countries. The USCG has a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) that I qualify for as a "Professional Nurse" but I can not find the scope of practice for it. The Coast Guard is not a good source of information; If you talk to two people on their help line you get three different answers, and all of them are wrong.

Any thoughts on where I might could find the information I need? Has anyone come across a nurse practicing in this way, or for the boating public?

And I recently obtained my General Radiotelephone Operator License + RADAR endorsement, and the GMDSS Maintainer/Operator License + RADAR. Any thoughts on getting maritime work with these?
Hmmm. Don't know how much help this is.
Most Merchant ships do not carry any medical personnelle. Just First AID and one of the Officers ussualy the Master will have a Ship captains Medical certificate or whater the modern equivelnt is. and The old Haynes Manual Ship Captains Medical Guide.

Cruise ships have medical staff. including nurses most are not American Flag though owned and operated By American Companies.
Most Accept American Doctors and Nurses.

There are some Mision Ships which would love to have your services but its mostly vollenteer stuff.
Tugs, Container Ships, Tankers, Cargoe, Bulkers Ect no medics.

Research ships who knows maybe on a big one with a large crew.

Most crew through Union halls or Crewing agents. The reputable crewing agents don't charge you a fee to sign you up. They charge the company.

Private Nursing? My mom did that she was certified but not where she was working. She worked for some interesting folks. I supose its possible sombody on a big boat needs a private nurse.
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