Hello to all the crew members in the world! Especially those who have to wait to get into port to use the internet to contact loved ones, stay in touch with sick relatives, or just regain your sanity when returning to land. And a special hello to those of you who have internet on board, but are not allowed to use it, or not allowed to use the boat phone to call home on holidays and such. These basic necessities sometimes go overlooked and are strictly enforced by boat managers, captains and owners alike. My advice, before getting on a boat make a wish list of the simple basic things that you could live with and or without. These should be incorporated into the questions you ask about the boat. "Oh..but I am worried I will not get hired", fear will defeat you then if you feel this way. Remember something, you are spending YOUR time, YOUR life on board, you are sacrificing YOUR family and friends for long terms out at sea. Now the argument comes, "Oh, if you cant deal with it dont choose life at sea." That is sooooo 1991....fogettabout it!!! Having a vessels lead characters delegate excellent surroundings will also promote indestructable bonds in the crew and boost morale through the decks. Now...I do respect all the views, however, would like to promote positivity and happiness on board. Remember that not every boat is right for you and you are not right for every boat. The marriage must be a symbiotic one. Do not go against your gut, always trust your intuition, dont let fear or greed get in the way of happiness. Now...lets get to the perks that you may have on board. Examples- do you have enough space, do you fit on your berth, do you have satellite TV, DVD player or Ipod player in your quarters, do you have a well kept crew area (boy do I have stories on that one ;) ), Do you get flights home or turkeys at Thanksgiving, do you get holiday bonuses, accumulated time off, or crew car(s), is everyone treated equally, does your captain sit watches ( :) ), do you have an 360X Box with all the latest games, do you have sporting equipment for the crew, do you have bicycles for the crew, I could go on forever, but what we are lookiing for here, what you already have on board that you relish and what you want that you desire. Chef Peter Z and the World want to know whats happening on your boat.