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Old 29-12-2015, 03:25   #1
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Hi!
Me and my husband (age 28 & 29) are looking for opportunities to sail together.

We have had a lot of of experience (both sailed ~20k+ n.miles - mostly coastal, mainly tall ships).
Both have day skipper (theory & prac (exp only for me)), sea survival, VHF, diesel engine, first aid & diving quals but HB is also a scuba (PADI) instructor, Powerboat instructor (RYA) and has completed the STCW fire fighting course.
We have done a lot of sailing around the BVI (bareboat with Sunsail) on yachts ranging from 36-42ft and cats so know the area quite well.
Just wondering what type of work there would be out there and do people hire couples?!
Thanks!
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Old 29-12-2015, 05:27   #2
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Re: Advice: Man & Wife Team - Opportunities together

Charter companies. Can either of you cook?
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Hi - thanks for replying.
Yes to some extent I can although not professionally trained.
Not hard to go and do a short course however!
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Cooking, cleaning, and hospitality skills are, under normal conditions, more important than boat handling skills in the charter industy. The ability to fix stuff, ideally without the guests ever knowing, is next. And yeah, being able to handle a boat is important too.

Start spreading your resume around to charter companies/boats in areas where you want to work.

Husband and wife (or at least a couple) teams are prefered. It just balances out the social environment with guests better...esp if its a couple chartering. Ive even allowed guests to assume my crew and I were a couple before (though we never said we were).
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Hi - thanks for replying.
Yes to some extent I can although not professionally trained.
Not hard to go and do a short course however!
Except for higher end charter work, pro level cooking skills are not required. Its not uncommon for fleets/boats to have a relatively set menu that anyone handy in the galley can prepare.

Though if you like to cook, getting some training and experience in that department will help get you hired.
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