[QUOTE=c.captain;138778]I had a young man working for me on the ORCA not long ago who worked as a mate for Olympic and asked him the same questions. His answers were that Harley Franco had a dumptruck load to money and credit to build a big company and was aggressively doing that. The pay is on par with the west coast towing operators ($500-$550/day for a master) and typically the schedules are to work lots and not have the right to tell the company you can’t work when they call. Some of the boats are old but well maintained but many are new or newer. I do not have the impression that lots of people are leaving them…this young man was just going back when he was working for me.
I figure Harley is a force to not ignore and one a person can likely grow with. Something to think about… I will say that I would like to know where he is getting all his contracts from and why so quickly to allow such growth? Must be undercutting the old guy on the block by a quite a bit to get take the business like that? Rshrew, what’s Franco’s modus operendi?[/QUOTE]
I’d say that the PNW pay range is about $450 to $750 with not too many guys at the extreme ends of the range. I’d call $600 about average. And at least $100 less than it should be.