Originally Posted by SailRedemption
We actually work offshore in the oil field in the Gulf of Mexico on a 300' OSV. But we have both thought about yachts if we get bored of the supply business. Right now we can't beat the pay and schedule so we're here for now.
Was being a capitan for someone's yacht a pain in butt or does it just matter who the owner is?
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I've done oil field work too and enjoyed it, but it can be a tough, dangerous job.
Every job in our industry depends on the employer for sure, but more so in yachting because sometimes the boss (or his kids, clients or family) are aboard 24/7 with you.
You learn pretty quickly what to look out for (a young trophy wife is one) and I interviewed them every bit as intensely as they did me, if not more.
But the food is much better, the working conditions are much better, the accommodations are much better and it's a great deal safer. You have total control over the budget (if I wanted a bit of safety gear or something for the deck or galley, I'd just go buy it), none of the financial restrictions of the commercial maritime industry, which is really nice.
For me, and one of the most important; the boat, which may be some rich guy's toy, is your full time home and a pretty nice one at that! Lots of water toys to play with in your free time and quite often a car at your disposal.
No rotating with another crew leaving you with their mess when you come aboard, is way high on the list. Everything is always the way YOU like it. Of course, it is a full time job so you don't get the time off you get in the oil industry, which doesn't hurt at all, if you get to spend what free time you do get, exploring places all over the world.