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Seasick ships cats and lousy captains

Yachts commanded by a burnt-out and unapproachable Captain with the demeanor of a seasick ship's cat's personality always look and smell bad. Like fish, ships rot from the head down and start losing direction and buoyancy when things get rough because the operation's brains are failing. The classic signs and symptoms of an inadequate Captain are; 1. Absent leader 2. Assigns blame 3. Disrespectful 4. Inconsistent decisions  5. Plays favorites 6. Poor communication 7. Poor organization  8. Reactive leadership 9. Secretive  10. Unapproachable  > more

US tax payers and crew health insurance - the tax penalty

The tax penalty goes away in 2019.  It is still in place.  So until then US tax payers may still get the 2.5% tax penalty - pro-rated for the months you do not have ACA (Affiodable Care Act/ Obamacare) compliant insurance. None of the international individual plans are ACA compliant unfortunately. I do have an inexpensive Catastrophic plan that is exempt from the tax penalty that one can buy to supplement your international policy.  There is a group plan that IS ACA compliant. One needs a US corporation to have this plan and a minimum of 2 members, not married, unless > more

Re-Negotiating a Salary after accepting an offer

I have been offered a position as Deckhand/Engineer/Carpenter all in one in an extensive refit shipyard period and have accepted a low salary of 2000euros per month. I know its low as I do bring extra skills to the table along with 3 years experience and having done shipyard work before. I accepted the offer only to think i could re-negotiate the salary once I've proved my value to the Captain after a 60 day probation period and by accepting it insured I got the job. How would one go about it, and is it possible to re-negotiate a salary > more
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