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Re: Quit life, go sail?
I am a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point), sailed as a engineer on cargo ships after graduating, worked for a engineering firm designing ships for the US Navy and then spent almost 28 years teaching marine engineering at Kings Point. So I think I know something about the maritime academies and work in the commercial marine industry. Some comments:
1. Working on ships is NOTHING like sailing a small sailboat.
2. Pay is good. The maritime academies typically are near the top in surveys of average graduate pay right out of school and after 10 years.
3. Women do well, assuming they adjust to the life. It's not easy.
4. I would not consider going the unlicensed route. Get a license and become an officer.
5. Look at the state academies - New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Texas, California. Easier to get into than Kings Point and a variety of programs, some in the cadet corp, others not.
You first posted almost 2 weeks ago and got lots of good info. No second post. Time to respond to let us know you are not a troll.
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