The fact that you’re going for an Unlimited License is telling, it shows that you are very willing to learn, and it’s the highest professional qualification you can get. I must think in a similar way as you, because it seems like the natural progression of things to keep plugging away until you can’t do anything else.
In my other life this was the Airline Transport Pilot license, the highest one the FAA offers. After that, I sought out a 737 type rating and after that, a certified flight instructor (CFI) license. I ran out of time to get the CFI license, but did everything except the final test, and learned alot. All of this non-required learning I did, I passed on to the other pilots I was training in the military as a navy instructor pilot. This was nirvana for me, man I could go on about what a wonderful experience that was, suffice to say, the best job I ever had.
Thanks for making the OSV world clearer to me, now I understand that there is a diffirential between OSV tonnage and training compared to deepwater/bluewater ships. I see the excellent point in pay difference between working as an AB on ocean going ships and working as a Mate on the OSVs. Also, the schedule allows you to see your family more often, every 28 days. I’m keeping that in mind.
Thanks again sir, that was some expert knowledge that you imparted, appreciate it!