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RYA/MCA Yachtmaster new to SailNet

Hi All!
I just signed up and am excited to link with other members. i am an RYA Yachtmaster, have been sailing for 30 years starting as a dingy racer on Stony Lake in Ontario and next, moving to a Whitby 27 keel boat and 10 years ago to my current love, a beneteau Idyll 11.5.
I am now a profesional sailor retired from a mechanical engineering tech. career. It's been a great transition with many transferable skills. I have made deliveries from Pueto Rico to Rhode Island and recently, delivered the amazing 118' superyacht 'Yanneke Too' to her new home in Ontario.
Anyone needing deliveries or charter Captain, i would be happy to talk.
Happy sailing to All,
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Think the yacht master is the only useful credential for sailors. Think having an US captain tells a prospective client nothing about your skill set given the absence of a practicum and the ability to self attest +/or have your best friend sign your forms.
Please PM me your resume.

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Hey there Outbound,
i need to have 10 or so posts before the PM function is turned on for me as a new user. I am not sure how to get you the information until I satisfy that condition..
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Unfortunately, no matter what license an American may hold, it is very difficult these days to find a job aboard a yacht outside the US, perhaps deliveries excluded. I am consistently running into American owned motor and sailing mega-yachts crewed by every nationality except Americans. What gives? Why would any owner not want an experienced, qualified captain, crew member or chef aboard his vessel just because they are American? Sadly and quite simply, Americans are too litigious! We have a reputation of trying to get rich off a hangnail. Or because we are so stupid we put a "hot" cup of coffee between our legs while driving and then suing because the car hit a bump (duh) and the coffee spilled and they got burned! Hot coffee, ya think?
Doing deliveries isn't a bad way to get paid to sail, with no owner around and a good crew to work with, if one isn't a prima donna.

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Unfortunately, no matter what license an American may hold, it is very difficult these days to find a job aboard a yacht outside the US, perhaps deliveries excluded. I am consistently running into American owned motor and sailing mega-yachts crewed by every nationality except Americans. What gives? Why would any owner not want an experienced, qualified captain, crew member or chef aboard his vessel just because they are American? Sadly and quite simply, Americans are too litigious! We have a reputation of trying to get rich off a hangnail. Or because we are so stupid we put a "hot" cup of coffee between our legs while driving and then suing because the car hit a bump (duh) and the coffee spilled and they got burned! Hot coffee, ya think?
Doing deliveries isn't a bad way to get paid to sail, with no owner around and a good crew to work with, if one isn't a prima donna.
Most Americans are not going to work for $12.50/hr ($300/24hrs) to crew or captain somone else's yacht.

Also, it takes connections to get the experience, and build the reputation to have people contact you.

I have never advertised my delivery, instruction, or repair services on SailNet because I thought that it would be tacky to do so. I do state my qualifications in my signature, because it provides context to my posts.


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...Oh, and I have never sued, or been sued by anybody - so far.
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Doing 'business' in the usa can be precarious
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I have my doubts that CanadianGerry is American

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Most Americans are not going to work for $12.50/hr ($300/24hrs) to crew or captain somone else's yacht.

Also, it takes connections to get the experience, and build the reputation to have people contact you.

I have never advertised my delivery, instruction, or repair services on SailNet because I thought that it would be tacky to do so. I do state my qualifications in my signature, because it provides context to my posts.
I've never actually broken down a six figure income with room, board and uniforms on top of the pay into an hourly wage, but most folks of any nationality would probably work for it, I should think.
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Fellas,
I have worked in factories for thirty years, some with windows, some without. Either way, nothing beats messing around with boats. Wages are one thing, but doing what you love beats all, and I would be happy to never be indoors again. Thanks for the welcome Arcb.
g, from the north!
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