Okay, okay, please limit the impulse to flame this post by saying I’m not a ‘real sailor’, whimpy, whiny, etc. I sailed as deep sea merchant marine for 8 years with the SIU and AMO. In 2006 I switched over to luxury yachting which is what I am doing still. I am currently underway to Gocek, Turkey. My girlfriend is sailing with me on her first boat as deckhand/stewardess.
My license is USCG Chief Engineer-Oceans-Unlimited Horsepower-3000 GT ITC and OUPV-Operator-Near Coastal. I have been sailing as the chief engineer on these yachts for the last 6 years, ranging in size from 145’ to 165’.
The problem is yachting is no place for an engineer. It is not a respected field in this industry and what is required is to constantly ‘put out fires’ and keep things running instead of safe and sound engineering practices. I don’t like it.
On the positive side my girlfriend is sailing with me and I have a few amazing days off each month in very nice ports.
Is there another sailing industry where a couple has the potential to sail together? I would like to push my deck license higher and get some real driving experience so I am open to both departments.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.