Don't bother with the OUPV, get your 100 ton master which includes OUPV. I've worked in the professional world of finance and software
for about ten years and slowly but surely I've been realigning myself to what I'd rather spend my time doing. In regards to hiring a captain
and all that, get familiar with the cfr's. If your route
goes for more than 16 hours, you need two licensed masters for the vessel. The USCG has a big say in your manning.
A lot of the folks on here are right about the stress levels and problems. Right now you (probably) have a ton of money
but on the water income
drops quite low and you can't throw money
at problems like you do in the professional world. There are a lot
of people who have a misplaced romanticism about the sea and after "getting out there" realize that it's not all it's cracked up to be. Someone summed it up on here a few years ago in the idea that if you can't figure out a way to be happy in an office with a bunch of money you're never going to figure out how to be happy on a boat that's always breaking down dealing with customer service
and tight margins.
Brass tacks level I'd advise you to work in the charter
world. Without your master's license
(and even with it, honestly) it can be tough, but find what you can. There's a job in San Diego
that comes open a lot leading people around the bay in little speed boats. It sounds corny but it's going to teach you a lot more about the professional side of the maritime world than what you probably already know.
Think about the advantages that someone entering your profession would have if they worked around and in the industry for a bit, even part time, but really learned what they could and made connections and contacts. Contrast that to someone starting from near zero.
The name of the game
is flexibility and adaptability. Have your plan, but realize that you really don't know a damn thing compared to what you're going to know once you've been charging
down that path for a year. I'd focus on charging
down the path. Take an $8/hour job on the weekends as a deckhand
on a water
taxi. Anything. Waltzing into a big waterfront community with no professional maritime experience is going to cost you a lot in terms of money and time, both lost
because you don't know where to put your focus.
- 100 ton master, sport fisher captain
, sailing charter
captain, dive master, "retiring" in my mid 30's from my professional life that although enjoyable isn't where I want to be in 20-30 years.