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Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 7:36 AM
Joined: 09/09/2010
Posts: 2

I am looking to break into the yachting industry.  I have been working in New Zealand and the season came and ended without getting a crew job.  I was working with a marine painting contractor, so I only had a one week of day work.  I will turn 28 soon, I have worked as a divemaster for one season, worked as a diesel mechanic for 5 years before that, plus I have a university degree. I haven't tried to look for a job very hard, but it's now or never.  Am I too old to get started? I was thinking about trying to find a ride on a small cruiser yacht to get more experience.  Any other ideas that could help me?

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 11:48 AM
Joined: 17/06/2008
Posts: 71

I was 27 when I first started working as an engineer on yachts. All I can say is you need something to bring to the table. While I don't believe the MCA AEC course is worth much, it is a foot in the door for an assistant engineers job. If you want to make yachting your thing you will have to play the qualification game at some point otherwise your like every Tom, Dick and Sally out there. Every man and his dog wants to work on deck and lets just say yachting needs more and more engineers everyday even in this tough economy and you sound like you've got some experience in that area already. Good luck and think before you fly to Europe or the USA because there are more people looking for jobs than ever before and many will not make the cut this year simply because it has become a numbers game now. Where we are in Palma day workers and wannabe crew have to pass several boats for sale before they find a boat thats not on the market and anything below 30 meters seems to only have seasonal crew.
Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 3:48 PM
I started at thirty-one and am now first officer on 50M with a 3000 masters Ticket. I have been lucky and always had a job. Good luck !!
renee robinson
Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 8:48 PM
Joined: 21/05/2011
Posts: 1

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:17 PM
You are never too old to start - it all deends on you and that's exactly why your attitude mark's you out - you have no drive to achieve in this industry. Sharpen up or change horses. Roy
Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 8:20 AM
Joined: 13/07/2010
Posts: 1

The industry is becoming very ageist with many new people starting in late teens and early 20 's'. To get your Aec and STCW95 certificates and perhaps a power boat level 2 should give you basic boating certificates. My son did this last year age 24 without your prior experience and found work very quick and easily. He accepted a dual role as deckhand/ 2 nd engineer. I entered the industry at age 45 with maritime experience and mca master 200 and have not looked back since. There are specialist engineering agencies out there which could be a good route. When I recruit I would be happier taking on somebody with your age, prior experience and hopefully maturity rather than a younger recruit.
Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 8:46 AM
Joined: 09/09/2010
Posts: 2

I should have mentioned that I am an American who used to live in Florida.  I am in NZ on a working holiday visa.  I already have the STCW.  Does anyone know what class would help me next, maybe yachtmasters?

Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 4:32 PM
Yachtmasters and all of the MCA Y-licenses are garbage. You are an American, so go that route. It will give you more opportunities. If the yachting industry goes flat again, then you can always switch over to the commercial side or oil patch. You can't do that with the MCA Y-tickets.
Posted: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 10:22 PM
MCA is not crap, and when the economy tanks, commercial ticketed jobs go before the yacht industry suffers.
Posted: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 10:57 PM
Agreed. The MCA is not crap, but their Y-licenses are. The Y-licenses are for yachts only and below the already minimum STCW standards with all of their "equivalencies." And you provided my point, when things get bad, commercial guys can always find work on the water. Try doing that with a MCA Y-license.
Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 3:32 AM
so is the MCA OOW , master 500 and master 3000 Y licenses????
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