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Re: Hard time finding crew opportunities

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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.

Bad news again to all intents and purpose the Marconi Sahib or Sparky went the way of the Do Do about 20 or 25 years ago.
Many became ellectronics officers. Todays merchant ships have GMDSS and the Navigation Officers. Have the GMDSS radio certs as in addition to there lisences. So the Mate on Watch is the "radio officer". The medical certificate is one of those additional certificates they have to get as they move up the ranks to a Master Certificate.
Think of it as bunch hairy seamen with a cub scout first aid badge attending a course they are not interested in where somebody tells them to be nice to the paitents and bring him a bed pan without laughing. It also mention catheters enimas keeping an injured person comfortable and hopefully alive until you are in range of help and some medical profesionals who know what they are doing and give a rats ass.
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Re: Hard time finding crew opportunities

Not very encouraging, but I certainly appreciate the experience shared. Time for Plan "B". What ever that may be.

Here's a real question: Some sites/people want to know how many miles you have. So far, I've only listed the few 100 I've had recently. BUT, would time aboard underway aboard a US Navy vessel be counted? I've just assumed the sea miles people quote when they say they've got 48 000 nautical miles experience meant the time they've been underway on their own boat. But isn't the Navy time worthwhile, or not? The Coast Guard tells me they won't count it because it wasn't in the deck department, but that's for a Merchant Mariner Credential. What about just being underway at sea?


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Might be counted, but if you were peeling spuds it would be pretty useless time....Go sailing, get some real experience, your just waxing the dolphin here mate.


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Not very encouraging, but I certainly appreciate the experience shared. Time for Plan "B". What ever that may be.

Here's a real question: Some sites/people want to know how many miles you have. So far, I've only listed the few 100 I've had recently. BUT, would time aboard underway aboard a US Navy vessel be counted? I've just assumed the sea miles people quote when they say they've got 48 000 nautical miles experience meant the time they've been underway on their own boat. But isn't the Navy time worthwhile, or not? The Coast Guard tells me they won't count it because it wasn't in the deck department, but that's for a Merchant Mariner Credential. What about just being underway at sea?
I cant say for sure but probably not.
For commercial certification time is recorded not miles. 1 day worked and paid on deck = 1 days sea time. even when tied up. the rules are a bit tighter now for watch keeping time. but for the most part this is how it works. some kind of proof is required. Non commercial RYA type courses are into mileage. Keep your own log. The number is not high it has to be within the last 10 years.

It depends what you want to do and where you want to do it.

Don't give up. I think I posted this before at the beginning. I don't know about crewing for small sailing boats. I cant help you there.

Get Marine Emergency Duty Certified. There are several levels.
A. Small commercial boat, ie. sight seeing whale watching tour boat. includes basic survival craft life-jackets fire extinguishers.
B. Survival craft ie liferafts, lifeboats, equipment big ships have. (5 day Course)
B Fire Fighting(5 day course)

Cost a couple of G's.
Spend a bit more and get basic deckhand course. 4 or 5 G's at a recognized training school.

We have hired as crew. over the last few years

2 ex Kayak guides. ZERO sea time.
Several carpenters again ZERO sea time. (one is now a licensed deck officer)
One Brick Layer. again ZERO sea time.( He went back to Brick laying)
A Pastor again ZERO sea time( He went back to Pastor-ing after 3 Years)

Truth is at entry level I could care less about how many miles. I need the right certification, and a will to learn. If you want work. Go get certified. The right certificates.

If I get a resume or CV from someone who sailed around the Horn, The Cape and across the seven Seas. In his own boat or a friends. Paid or not. No certificates? it goes in the round file cabinet beside the desk.

Right certification depends what I need, Generally need people in spring.

RYA Yachtmaster? Got a green card? or Canadian equivalent?. I might talk to you. Can't use you till you get the certs which are valid here.
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While others may not consider it "valid" you should, you're a few steps ahead of the guy who's never been to sea, even if the only learning you did was how to get along with many different personalities in a confined area. What did you do on the ship? While you were out, did you visit other countries? Knowing your way around an area can be a valuable asset. In the US, it is the same sea time rules for certification, it's days at sea, not miles travelled. Talk to the skipper, he can write a discharge verifying your time. It may be a little easier for the lower licenses, I'm told 4 hours traveling verified by sightings at the appropriate times qualifies as a day at sea, so now instead of getting on the ship, working 3 mos and getting a 90 day discharge, I get them one day at a time here and there when I can. I found tho, that for amy boat I skipper, licensed or not, I can write my own discharge.
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Re: Hard time finding crew opportunities

Many bridge officers on the BC ferries got their documented sea time loading vehicles on the car deck.Key word there is 'documented' First move is the cv that shows MED's ,1st aid .and pertinent stuff like that. Keep a log and skipper signs your time. Must be over 15 tonnes.I have signed off many who were accumulating time, one afternoon sail at a time.Was a charter boat glad of a bit of willing labour. Or just build or buy a boat and sail away.

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