Merchant Marine switching into yachts?
After a year and a half of working on two seperates yachts as a deckhand and a cook I have decided to enroll at Cal Maritime and become a merchant marine. I am curious if this will make me marketable or not if I ever decide to make the switch from commercial to privately owned 60m and larger yachts in the future? I will graduate with a 3rd mate unlimited and after 5-7 years or so will have a Masters unlimited. I've decided to go this route because I feel it gives me more options, rather than just working my way up the ladder on yachts. I will be able to work on cruise ships, oil tankers, tug boats... I could even try and become a harbor pilot if I felt compelled to devote years to studying and networking towards that goal.
I want to keep the option of coming back to the yachting world open, however. I know from reading this forum that this is a stigma attached to commercial captains making the transition into yachts. I'd rather not get into a discussion of the pros and cons of working under a captain who was previously in the merchant marines, I just would like to know will my experience and certifications make me marketable? And would it be realistic to think that after spending some time as a captain of say a container ship, could I then come back into the yachting industry and secure a position as captain on a 60m or larger vessel?
Phenominal decision! California Maritime's structure represents the industry far better than Kings Point. The days of marching and up-tight officers are over. You will love the place. If you do love yachting though, don't let them brain wash you into believing that Yachtsmen and just "Yachty Pricks"-- Bosun Allen. I did my time there, did some time on a tankers and am now back into yachting. With the yachting industry shifting into larger commercial status yachts, your education will set you up to be a leader in the industry. Don't forget, the giga yachts need the unlimited liscenses.
I would hope that that response was not directed towards me. I'm sure it wasn't though. A proper Merchant Marine Officer knows never to make false assumtions on a a topic. As for myself I never applied to K.P. nor did I ever want to. As for getting in, I come from a very connected family so the letter of appointment would not have been an issue. I also graduated top of my class at Cal so making the cut would not have been an issue either.
I like to teach my newbie's that assuming things will only fault you in the future. You either know or you dont. There is nothing wrong with not knowing. To be a true leader one must be able to know when they need more information.
P.S. For someone with such a large opinion on this matter, I am very surprised that you hide behind the name Anonymous.