Hi, I'm new to this forum and this is my first post. How do you get a start in the Cruising industry?
From the research
I've conducted for a beginner it would go something like this:
1. Join a yacht club / Sailing forum
2. Build your miles up by volunteering and do courses through RYA until you get a commercial license
3. Use the equity in your house to finance the business plan, marketing
and of course the Yacht
4. Go broke
Or is there another way? After countless hours of scouring the website forums
and earbashing ever old and bold sailor I could get my hands, they only came up with the 4 points. Until I found some sailing schools that would take me on under an internship. Terrific idea if I was 21 yrs old and looked great in a bikini.
BUT I'm not 21 and I don't look good in a bikini. What I am is 42 yr old who has spent his entire life in the Navy
and is now looking for life outside the Military. If I was the type of guy who wanted to sign himself up to a Monday to Friday 9 to 5 job, I wouldn't have joined the Navy
Do I really have to:
1. Put all my life savings into this at high risk or
2. Submit myself to serf wages to pay for the courses and detriment my wife and kids
or is there another way?
As a beginner I humbly ask for some pearls of wisdom and guidance from the vast experience that exists throughout this network.
I anxiously await the outcome