Originally Posted by S/V Savor Grace
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.