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Is it worth training for the big-boat tickets?
Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2011 7:14 PM
Joined: 19/09/2008
Posts: 10

I have OOW Chief mate 3000, which I gained in 2007. I have been continuously building sea time and experience towards attaining Master 3000. Of course this takes a lot of time depending on the yacht itinerary. I am considering switching from the yacht training route, using my accumulated sea service time, to study for the OOW Unlimited ticket by correspondence modular training. Is it worth it?
Posted: Monday, April 25, 2011 3:15 AM
In all honesty no, in my experience large yachts are no better to work on than pint sized ones. Having said that larger tickets do open more doors and lead towards commercial style employment conditions which enable people to extend their seagoing careers. Larger yachts anchor out more often and if your willing to cope with larger crew numbers and problems associated with that go for it, especially if you plan to become Captain and set the standard. I made the jump to giga yachts two years ago and lets just say I am disappointed with professional standards.
Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 3:16 AM
Joined: 19/09/2008
Posts: 10

I value your opinion. A commercial ticket would certainly open more doors. I think I may just be lured in by all the rotational positions on offer. I hadn't considered that such a large crew may be difficult to deal with or be lacking professional standards to follow. I am keen to set a standard, although not a captain yet, I may just continue to get the Master 3000 and ask this question in a few years time!
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