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Cook? Deckhand? Stew?
Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 4:59 AM
Joined: 19/07/2010
Posts: 2

Hello, I am 30 years old and want to break into the industry.  I have 2 years of experience as a cook in fine dining restaurants.  I'm a good cook, but don't have enough knowledge or experience to be the head chef on a yacht.  And to be honest, cooking professionally is one of the hardest jobs out there, and I'm just not sure I'm game for another go behind the stove. 

I was initially thinking that being a deckhand would be a good fit; I love being outside and being on the water, but I'd be happy to be a stew as well.  Really, I'll do anything I can to get on a boat.  However, I've heard that green deckhands are a dime a dozen and also working against me are two visible tattoos on my inner forearms and the fact that I'm 30.  Otherwise I'm extremely clean cut and normal looking.

So what should I do?  Should I just suck it up and try to get work as a sous chef on a boat or should I keep pursuing what I really want, being a deckhand?  I know that cooks make more, but truly, my dream is to be out in the open air on deck, even though it means scrubbing, polishing etc. 

Financially I'm in a good place, and I'd be willing to work for room and board on a yacht for a few months to prove myself and get experience. 

Any and all advice is appreciated, and thanks again Captain Henning for the info you already gave me. 

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