So I have been working on a longliner in Alaska for the past 5 years. Fishing has been fun but the 18+ hour workdays with 6 hour or less sleep shifts on 90 day rotations are getting very old. Not to mention the 24 to 40 hour offloads sitting in freezer holds moving around 50 pound blocks of fish is getting quite tiresome as well. and oh yeah, no benefits. I’m 30 years old its probably time to get health insurance. Other than that its been super fun.
I recently got my AB limited and have been looking at various companies tug or nay. But I am very ignorant to the workings of everything outside the bubble of my boat. Is it worthwhile to get my rfpnw (lookout only)? Is there any other certification I need? Are fishermen even welcome in the tug world and non tug world? blah blah etc etc.
For those of you in the know. Imagine you were in my shoes what moves would you make? I’m looking all over I’m not geographically restricted in my search nor are tugs the only direction I’m going. your also welcome to just criticize me and complain about the post.