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Old 14-01-2010, 17:54   #31
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Hey--- I have never made 450 sailing a boat---sounds great!
I specifically said powerboats not sailing. Not a chance in hell you're getting $450 out of a sailor
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Yeah. Boatpoker is right about not having owners aboard - they frighten the life out of ya and it's difficult to maintain control of events. They are not all the same though. To be fair, I've had some good ones - usually sailboats.

If you were working USA waters Road Runner, I would almost certainly go for USCG certification. However, once you have the appropriate USCG Tickets, there is nothing to stop you gaining the RYA/MCA qualifications, simply by reading the RYA course specifications for any different material, then going strait in for the two and three day exams as appropriate. You don't have to do everything all over again for the RYA - experience counts for a lot.

Also note, that $450 a day, works out at just over $10 an hour for a crew of two - in deliveries you quite often work 24 hour days on the longer jobs. Boatpokers advices are good.
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Old 15-01-2010, 03:42   #33
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Cheapest way is to get a deckhand job on oilfield boat (think about *120/day) now.Or for that matter towboat.Used to be 186 days sea time for license.Usually work schedules 14 on 14 off.During off time take courses for license .Probably can take courses on line.Things have changed but used to have 50 ton all you would need.Later through ed or exp add a sailing endorsement.marc
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Now I am leaning towards a IYT International Yacht master offshore certificate; with a 200 T USCG certificate. In any case there are many things to do to build up to that level. These ratings involve lots of time on water so, buying a boat like I planned anyway, is going to take on new urgency. Thank you all for the help, it has all been useful; and feel free to keep it coming.
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