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Old 24-10-2009, 08:35   #16
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Hi Wolf and welcome back,

Having been involved peripherally with the sail charter business in the Caribbean and with a good friend that managed a charter base in Tortola I can say that without a doubt the number one requirement to get started is to demonstrate long term dedication and commitment to the career. Down island the stream of day dreamers and wannabe boat captains is constant, almost every day brings a new batch walking the docks.

So the first job you will have will be to prove you're really going to there for the long haul.

Next you will have to show you are willing to show up on time, regularly and work.

Once you get your foot in the door and you are in the business for a while it will just be a matter of building your skills and connections and you are on your way. It can be done. My cousin married a guy who started as a deck hand on sailboats and worked his way up to capt on 180' Feadship. Now runs his own consulting business.
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Old 24-10-2009, 09:08   #17
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Hi skipmac,
thanks for commenting. I think that we are on the same wave length. Just last week on the docks I could pick the wannabbes also. But I think most competent captains can see through them. Your story on your cousins husband is motivating. (but then again, he probably wasnt 47 when he started. Thats my handicap). I'll continue to push.
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Re: Professional Advice on Career Change Needed

Hi Wolf, I too am in my late forties, maybe too late but am going to try and make an ambition come true. I have always wanted to sail and have no experience other than what I obtained as a Divemaster in the Canary Islands in my 30's. I am at the moment unemployed in Derbyshire Uk probably the middle of UK and no where near the sea but I have this burning desire to sail. I also looked at the many fast track courses out there but financies are not to good at the moment, so I am looking for either voluntary weekend work aboard or short trips. Please keep me informed of your progress and would love to hear any tips or tricks you pick up along the way. Good Luck
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Re: Professional Advice on Career Change Needed

I doubt you're going to hear from Wolf62. If you notice, this thread has been dormant for 3+ years, and he hasn't posted in all that time.
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Re: Professional Advice on Career Change Needed

Did I read that right?? 8000 Euros!!??? Wow
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Re: Professional Advice on Career Change Needed

I noticed it was 3+ years and wondered if he would respond as Captain Wolf
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