Originally Posted by s/v Jedi
Indeed, most yachts get an advisor, not a pilot. Yachts are their training-ground for becoming pilot.
Oi! Don't let me have to look up Pedant in the dictionary!
And no they are not necessarily a stepping stone. Our 2 advisors were doing it part time, one Signor Alvin Mcmillan had been doing it for 20 years or so but I don't remember what he did for his full time job; the other one was a full time tug skipper
The ones who didnt want to become full time pilots because the hours are much better. Advisors work only a few days per week from 4pm till 11pm or day time 7am till 3pm and can scrub a shift at short notice. Whearas Pilots can be ordered out of bed
at midnight for a 4am transit and it they don't comply get red hot pokers shoved under their finger nails! (True! True!)
Anyway the GP (general pblic) reading my posts understand what a Pilot is so I dont need to explain Advisor
Plus I don't let the fact get in the way of a good story.
Did I tell you the one about the crocodile when we were in the Chargos River.......?