Crystal Ball

Any predictions on where the industry is heading? <br><br> Okay, maybe I could just settle for a few rumors then…lol…<br><br><br><br><br> I’ve been working the phones this past week.Talking to as many companies that I can…Trying to get a feel for what quals they are looking for in a new guy,also what hiring status they are currently in…<br><br>Almost all of them had a “ho hum” attitude about future employment…I found this odd, with all of the new builds that are supposedly on going. <br><br>I think that the advice that was given in an earlier post, holds true, about going to these companies in person …I say this because on a couple of occasions,after pleading my case I received some very positive feedback from a few of them…One asked me to fax them my paperwork to see if they could try and find a spot…<br><br> I’m not quite ready to make the move just yet, but I was surprised that after a 5 minute conversation ,it went from no jobs, to let’s see your papers and maybe we can find something.<br>

I would recommend that you not even talk to them unless you’re ready to sail.<br><br>In my oh-so-humble opinion, I figure if you go to them and work 'em hard for a job then when they offer you one you say, “sorry I’m not quite ready to make the move yet” they aren’t going to like that. You’d better walk into their office with your sea bag packed.<br><br>Just my .02 worth…

Thanks CA,<br><br> I was up front with them about everything that I am doing…I own a company and have had employees…I know what it’s like to be jacked with and I have never much appreciated it…So I certainly wouldn’t do it to my future prospects…

Yeah I hope I didn’t come on too strong, no disrespect intended. I’ve also invested time and energy into employees, and been burned a few times. I wish you much luck in your pursuits!

CA,<br> Not at all…<br> I have found your posts to be very professional and offered as good advice…<br><br> Trying to get out of a profession that I have spent 20 years investing in ,isn’t easy…I’m just trying to do dilligent research so that I don’t make too many mistakes in a new one…That’s why this site has become one of my favorites…You guys seem to tell it like it is…I for one, really appreciate it…

This place is full of straight shooters, and I like that. There is some pretty high quality dry humor around here too, and I really like that.

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt]<font face=“Times New Roman” size=3>Hello all, this is my first post… Been looking around for a while and I kind of like what I’ve seen so far so… I thought I’d sound in.<br><br>The direction the industry is heading is not easily predicted, or I would be playing with the stock of the publicly traded maritime companies instead of spending two thirds of my time away from my family, but times right now are good. Good for well managed maritime companies as well as their mariners. I have been sailing for 23 years and I have never seen it better as far as the pay, currently the GOM is higher than that of the East or West coasts for similar positions. The treatment of the company’s mariners, I find the companies to be more people orientated than years past. (The fact that the number of mariners <strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal]<span style="text-decoration: underline;]qualified</span></strong> to man the vessels are dwindling, and everyone can find another job by the time you get your bag packed has obviously contributed to this.) Finally, the quality of the newer vessels, better manning requirements and the whole crapload of many other things make it good times right now. <br></font></P>
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Nice input ChEng…and nice to have you aboard with us!!!

The comment about showing up with your bags packed… Just what should one bring with them? Anyone have a list? I have never been out to sea and not sure what to bring… I assume you are either working, eating, or sleeping. I am all for a good laugh but I don’t want to show up looking too green.<br><br>I will spend as much of my down time trying to learn as much as possible… are there books and such that I can study on board? I have my own, but don’t want to drag 200 lbs of books and document my greenhorn status.

This’ll get you started:<br><br>Buy Carhartts. Pants, shirts, socks, overalls, coveralls. 5 days worth that you’ll plan to get very dirty. You’ll be able to do laundry on the vessel. <br>A couple pair of good work gloves. Ironclad is a good brand, they make a very good cold weather work glove that is not bulky. And yes, it gets cold in the winter in the GOM. I spent 28 days in Fourchon in January 1996 having brought only levis and t-shirts. Brrrr…<br>Foul weather gear, Grunden’s IMHO is the best.<br>Deck boots, Xtratuf makes the best deck boots. Get insoles for them for comfort.<br>Sunglasses<br>Sunscreen<br>Bandannas<br>Suspenders<br>THE BEST KNIFE YOU CAN AFFORD. Spyderco Harpy is a good one.<br>Sharpener for your knife.<br>Flashlight and spare batteries<br>Float Coat<br>Binoculars. Boat binoculars suck ass.<br>Your own set of high quality plotting tools. Boat plotting tools suck ass.<br>A journal to keep track of every day you work, and anything that needs to be put into writing that could save your ass someday.<br>The highest thread count twin set of sheets and pillow cases that you can afford. Boat sheets suck ass.<br>Your favorite pillow. Boat pillows suck ass.<br>iPod<br>iPhone<br>Your favorite DVDs<br>Travel guitar<br>Waterproof pouch or a length of PVC with caps for your license and STCW etc.<br>Waterproof pouch full of family pictures<br>Camera and/or video camera<br>A good quality Dopp kit for your personal eau de toilette<br>Multi-day meds dispenser if required, and plenty of meds to make it through the hitch<br>Advil<br><br><br><br>Get a laptop and stuff as many maritime publications as you can on it, and back them up to a memory stick. You can download Coast Pilot and light lists, for example. Get on the Coast Guard’s Local Notice to Mariners distribution list and you’ll always be up to date.<br><br>

…and a pair of your girlfriend’s panties in a ziplock.

…not, if you please, to be left on the galley table…

Bring some hand lotion or astroglide. Oh yeah and a hand towel.

Those will be the first things I pack… I buy in bulk. Any good “reading” material onboard? What time do we sail?

I DID say bring your favorite DVDs…

Nice list CA…<br><br> Besides non desirable bedding…What does the average boat supply, that is worth a darn?<br><br>

Depends on the cook…

some companies provide you with work essentials : steel toe boots, coveralls, PPE.

Is there someplace local to buy the boots and foul weather gear? Would prefer to try on before buying and I am leaving tonight so shipping is out of the question anyway.

Hell, just look down. After Gustav there’s all kinds of shit just waiting to be scavenged.