Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 14-07-2011, 13:25   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: back in the landlocked Mid West
Boat: inland kittiwake 24' and inland Pearson 32'
Posts: 26
This Is Impossible

Hey everyone its been awhile.
Ok here's the deal. Now I know there are a million similar posts and bear with me on this but here's my problem.
I currently live in the midwest, that being said, I don't have the luxury to sit at the docks shaking hands. I have extensive experience on board all sizes of sailing vessels as well as powered boats, I hold an OD/Wiper MMD, TWIC, and am a NREMT-Intermediate. I'm finding it impossible finding ANY job on board ANY type of boat. Now I know there are a lot of people trying to land jobs on boats, but it seems as though it was easier to find these jobs about ten years ago, that's when I got a job on board a tugboat in New York. I have been all over the internet searching for any boat job, regardless of the amount of pay and all I have gotten back in return are scams, about 10 of them. Does anyone know how someone from the midwest might be able to at the very least obtain a solid contact? If so I would greatly greatly appreciate any and all help. Thank you all again in advance.
__________________

__________________
Boats, like whiskey, are all good...Culler
toosail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-07-2011, 13:49   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: North Palm Beach, Fl.
Boat: Westerly Corsair 36' "Stargazer"
Posts: 140
Re: This is Impossible

Check the internet for off shore oil rigs using their own ferries to take crews on and off on a rotation basis. Apply directly to that company unless they sub contract the ferry service in which case you can get the name of a contact for the sub.
All the best !
Clif
__________________

__________________
clifford sloan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-07-2011, 14:56   #3
Registered User
 
capn_billl's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Houston,Tx
Boat: Maxum 37'
Posts: 1,587
Re: This is Impossible

Quote:
Originally Posted by clifford sloan View Post
Check the internet for off shore oil rigs using their own ferries to take crews on and off on a rotation basis. Apply directly to that company unless they sub contract the ferry service in which case you can get the name of a contact for the sub.
All the best !
Clif
Good luck with that, currently all coastal drilling is on hold, even though presidential ban is over, very few new leases are being approved.

All the jobs I've heard of are being filled by guys with 20 years of experience that have been collecting unemployment the last 6-9 months
__________________
capn_billl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-07-2011, 15:08   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 61
Re: This is Impossible

Have you tried Marine Log? It's a monthly magazine, but there is also a website, which is probably easier. Check both the Jobs section for available positions, but also the ads for all of the marine companies to solicit.
__________________
Lee Jerry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-07-2011, 15:41   #5
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Cruising NC, FL, Bahamas, TCI & VIs
Boat: 1964 Pearson Ariel 'Faith' / Pearson 424, sv Emerald Tide
Posts: 1,531
Re: This is Impossible

Quote:
Originally Posted by capn_billl View Post
Good luck with that, currently all coastal drilling is on hold, even though presidential ban is over, very few new leases are being approved.

All the jobs I've heard of are being filled by guys with 20 years of experience that have been collecting unemployment the last 6-9 months
Yup, that is what is up on the Gulf. You can not swing a dead cat down here without hitting someone with a ticket and a TWIC....

I have made a couple deliveries, but only by word of mouth. The paying work I have come across as advertised is (IMHO) not worth the trouble.

Things are tough all over.


I do wish you well, I hope someone else has something more encouraging to offer.
__________________
s/v 'Faith' is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-07-2011, 15:51   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: back in the landlocked Mid West
Boat: inland kittiwake 24' and inland Pearson 32'
Posts: 26
Re: This Is Impossible

Hey guys, thanks for the advice. I had contacted a handful of the rig companies and hadn't heard back from any of them, the ban might explain that. Like I said, I know this horse has probably been beat to death, but I'm not sure of any other avenues to go down and I'm sure the placement companies i.e. "crewfinder.com" have been inundated by recent college grads or people trying out a career change seeing as they are the first sites to pop up on search engines. I'm trying to gather some options or the "not-so-much-the-run-of-the-mill" companies from all you folks that eat sleep and breath water and boats.

"Have you tried Marine Log? It's a monthly magazine, but there is also a website, which is probably easier. Check both the Jobs section for available positions, but also the ads for all of the marine companies to solicit. "

I have not come across the "marine log" I will give that a shot.
__________________

__________________
Boats, like whiskey, are all good...Culler
toosail is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 17:01.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.