Hi all I read this and see lots of good points about chartering.
So these are my views and I don't or havn't chartered before.
If its your dream go for it, open your eyes and research
which you are doing.
Remember someone elses idea of looking after people all day and night might not appeal to them and to others its a dream come true.
I have done several dream jobs like being a Navy
Clearance dive(Seal) and a commercial diver and I can say they sound dreamy and I did have alot of fun, but diving
is not all fun when its windy, cold, dark, no vis, a **** job in a **** location and long hour, the electric current
running through your filling while welding underwater, lugging other people **** ect ect But you know what I wouldnt have changed it for anything.
I'm now a Emergency
Management Officer in the Australian Mining industry, saving people medically, doing rope rescue
, vehicle rescue
fire fighting, allsounds good, but one of the worst thing s I have done in my life is doing all that and every shift litually taking the piss out of people, thats right watching people piss in a jar for drug testing.
So all jobs have there good parts
and the parts
that just **** ya.
The last post said look for something different to do and offer and I think this is a good idea. I'll suggest something soon but if you get it right u can sure as hell get someone else taking your great idea and before long there willbe plenty of other charter operators taking your business, so it pays to be onestep ahead and leading the pack. As soon as they start what you are doing you have left the leftovers behind and doing something new.
Maybe go where some interaction with marine animals
can give you the edge, or cater to television crews wanting to stay afloat for months on end like in the Blue Planet, they wated three months for just one shot, so set your boat upwith the latest editing computer or two so that they can edit while waiting for there next shots, this way you charter the boat and skippering, they are responsible for meals
ect, if they don't want todo that they will cost in the catering anyway just like they do on land. same for the dive master thats required, its there responsibility,
Spend onthe biggest boat that you can afford safely cause they will have ten or twelve aboard, place the director in charge of his crew, having a vessel that will go anywhere they want and catered to filming I think would be a great move, they are use to paying big bucks and on the water
a cat is stable, alot of user space and they can sail cheaper than a motor
boat, another thing in there favour.
So where do underwater filming crew want to film, why in beautiful clear blue water
of course, all uneed is a deck
so that you can get in the water as well.
So anyway research
and live ya dreams good or bad, they make for a very interesting life, I meat people on the bones of there ass(Broke) but they are happer than alot of people I know with great paying jobs ect.
Go for it mate and live ya dreams.