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Crossing to the Caribbean?
Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010 7:23 PM
Joined: 11/05/2010
Posts: 1

At the age of 31 I have implemented a career change and will join the many and probably much younger hopeful deckies on the docks soon. I’m fit, hardworking and easy to get on with so I’m not worried about the age thing but my question is where should I start Med or Caribbean?

I could get to the Med early July when I’m sure most of the positions will have been filled, or do I bide my time and head to FTL early for the Caribbean season?

If I were to go to the Med and not be fortunate enough to get a paying position what are the chances of “hitching a ride” to the Caribbean at the end of the season? A working delivery type arrangement.

Thanks guys, advice will be appreciated.

Posted: Saturday, May 15, 2010 4:24 PM
I am in the same position. I'm 29 years old and extremely bored/frustrated with my current career. I am working to the end of my current job contract and then hope to have saved enough money to be able to quit and look for a job on the boats. I've already taken courses and received my STCW95 certifications, but I'm not sure what the probability of getting into yachting would be as an older "totally green" deckhand.
Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 5:21 AM
I don't understand why you are even asking these questions. If I said you are wasting your time would you give up? Why do you need reassurance from strangers? I flew to France at 31 and joined a yacht. I am still in the industry. I am a chick. Theoretically it is more difficult for chicks. Just get on with it. And listen. And learn all the time. And be humble. Nobody likes a novice with rockstar attitude. Good luck.
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