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My name is “CAPTAIN.”

Dear Captain, Why must you always be called Captain? When all other officers and crew use their name. Captain is your rank and everyone knows that and it is really weird you’d preferred to be greeted as Captain on and off the boat. When you meet new people outside of yachting do you introduce yourself as Captain? Because it’s kinda rediculos if you do. Does your passport have Captain as your name. Do you think your above everyone else? And why can’t you come to work each day, do your duties and play a role in daily routines. Help train, > more

What’s it like to be an engineer?

Imagine being the smartest person on the boat and dealing with people that can not help themselves. For example a big strapping deckhand from California with a Bachelors Degree, asking you to get his sock draw open, because he can not manage to do it. Or A stewardess that can not remember how to operate the audiovisual systems, from the IPad remote controls. Or Explaining to a captain how to transfer command of the propulsion systems, from the bridge to the wing stations and back. And finally explaining to an owner why preventative maintence routines area series of reoccurring tasks, > more

US tax payers and crew health insurance - the tax penalty

The tax penalty goes away in 2019.  It is still in place.  So until then US tax payers may still get the 2.5% tax penalty - pro-rated for the months you do not have ACA (Affiodable Care Act/ Obamacare) compliant insurance. None of the international individual plans are ACA compliant unfortunately. I do have an inexpensive Catastrophic plan that is exempt from the tax penalty that one can buy to supplement your international policy.  There is a group plan that IS ACA compliant. One needs a US corporation to have this plan and a minimum of 2 members, not married, unless > more

Re-Negotiating a Salary after accepting an offer

I have been offered a position as Deckhand/Engineer/Carpenter all in one in an extensive refit shipyard period and have accepted a low salary of 2000euros per month. I know its low as I do bring extra skills to the table along with 3 years experience and having done shipyard work before. I accepted the offer only to think i could re-negotiate the salary once I've proved my value to the Captain after a 60 day probation period and by accepting it insured I got the job. How would one go about it, and is it possible to re-negotiate a salary > more

Barefooted & clueless dockwalkers

Walking around marinas and shipyards barefoot isn’t wise. It’s unsafe, unclean and looks sloppy. Yet people do it everyday and don’t seem to care about their image. Every time your seen on the job people are judging and taking an extra few minutes to throw on a pair of shoes, tidy up and look tidy is essential. In an industry where image is everything, you’d think people take that into account when their in high end marinas and shipyards and surrounded by dozens of potential employers.   > more

My disorganized yachting career

I did everything wrong in yachting, buggered my life up by spending every cent on booze, drugs, gadgets, clothes and holidays.    I now have many regrets, because my ex-girlfriend from South Africa emailed me and said she is pregnant and now I am trying to decide what to do about that, cause we busted up last month and she dropped this on me when I am flat broke and living in a Fort Lauderdale crew house and not in any position to become a father, let alone marry some bird I hooked up with for a season.   Looking back I > more

Hey stews is this story about you?

I’ve seen so many cliché stews join yachts only to leave twelve weeks later. These young women (girls) gleaming with joy, energy and a freshness that has the capacity to draw boys closer so they can determine whether she is worthy of their most effective one liner at the next Rybovich crew party.    For prowling deckhands a chance meeting with the newbie stew can lead to a telephone number exchange and a date with all the frills a girls dream about, like a fresh pair of jocks and an honorable mention on face book after the legendary wallet bump is > more

GoFundme relief fund for the Dominican Republic. > more

The Darkside of the Industry....sssh no one likes to speak of it.

Yachting is a strange and wonderful world.  Life takes us down different paths and we briefly may meet someone that seems for like only a moment and poof, they are gone.  Years later you run into them and once you had helped them up their ladder of success, now they are there for your continued climb, this happens alot in this industry.  Keeping in touch in some way shape or form with yachting without actually working on a boat is interesting and that was just what Johnnie had done.  Took nearly a two year hiatus from the stank of crappy > more

The Ultimate Guide for Fighting Ship Fires Successfully

According to research, fire outbreaks are among the most frequent causes of accidents at sea, in parallel with grounding, collision, and grazing contact. Every seventh fire outbreak culminated in the loss of life, and it was established that the most frequent outcome from a fire was damage to the vessel and inability to proceed with the journey. Fires don’t cause themselves. At sea, you can’t really blame the environment for causing fire. So who is to blame? You’re probably guessing already - people. Not by malice, usually, but by error. Reports suggest that “human error is a significant part of > more

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