GOM hard on family life

Life on a boat can be hard on a family. The divorce rate for GOM workers is high and I don’t want to add to it. I am looking for companies that offer even time (14/14, 21/21, or 28/28) I have OSV experience but am open to other types of vessels.
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Good luck with that one brother. Most companies I have worked for in the gulf are 2/1 or longer schedules.

Some deepwater companies are 1/1 I think. River companies often offer a 1/1 but the pay is less unless you are wheelhouse.

Fairfield Industries and Chouest have 1/1 schedules I think but I don’t think either is hiring.

I have been married for goin on 11 years and we have been together goin on 13 years. I have three little ones at home.

My wife knew what she was gettin into when she married me. I guess it would be different if I worked a land job, married her, and then up and took off for a seagoing job.

She is close with her mom and dad and they help her out with the kids while I am gone.

Being gone really sucks but when I am home we have QUALITY time together. My kids don’t want for anything and either does the wife. We aint never asked nobody for nuttin and hopefully never will.

Keep your wife close to her family if they get along is my advice for being gone. Don’t relocate her hundreds or thousands of miles from her home and family support system and then think she is going to keep the home fires burnin for you. Never works out from what I have seen. Especially when you add kids into the mix.

Skype helps out alot too. Being able to see them while i talk to them helps out a lot on both ends with the home sickness. Call everyday, twice a day if you can.

Thats my two cents. take it for what its worth.

OICUR12 nailed it on the head I had to learn the hard way with my X but I’m not making those mistakes again and it is most definitely Quality time when I am home and as far as even time goes Crosby or Triton are the only others I have heard do eventime I been searching alot 13 years of 28/14 is enough for me I don’t even need salary I can find work part time if needed it’s the family time you need once you really start to settle down and have all your Bussiness in order

[QUOTE=OICUR12;45773]I have been married for goin on 11 years and we have been together goin on 13 years. I have three little ones at home.

My wife knew what she was gettin into when she married me. I guess it would be different if I worked a land job, married her, and then up and took off for a seagoing job.[/QUOTE]

10th Anniversary in September and together for 14.

I had a land job when we met. It was about 2 years after we got married that I started shipping out. I ended up in the industry after a discussion we had about a career change for me. Her grandfather was an engineer deep sea as well as her uncle and a 2nd cousin. Had an aunt that was a 1st Mate.

So she knew, or at least had a really good idea, of what we were getting ourselves into. She definitely had a better idea than I did. Hey wait a minute…bitch…:confused:

Yea I think everyone has a first at least 90% of us do been going strong for a few years now and I met her through a Facebook message ;p

[QUOTE=Ronin;49766]Yea I think everyone has a first at least 90% of us do been going strong for a few years now and I met her through a Facebook message ;p[/QUOTE]

LOL! My wife and I met in a “chat room”.

Ha that’s awesome ! Easy part out the way now to keep her :stuck_out_tongue: she hates when I leave but has gotten use to it now I do most of what’s above with my own minor changes but family close by most definitely helps :wink:

[QUOTE=Ronin;49807]Ha that’s awesome ! Easy part out the way now to keep her :stuck_out_tongue: she hates when I leave but has gotten use to it now I do most of what’s above with my own minor changes but family close by most definitely helps ;)[/QUOTE]

I have been married almost 12 years and believe it or not she still gets upset when it is time for me to leave. It is hard on a family, but I can tell you that we get to do things that other people don’t. My wife does not work and we spend a lot more time overall together than most people do who see each other every day. Although I do work an even time schedule now it was not always so. Years of 260-280 days at sea with another 25-40 days a year in class. Even now with an even schedule if you add the travel, training and extra work days, I am probably closer to 220 gone a year. I honestly do not have any other options and maintain my current salary. Sure I could get a job at a training center or shoreside, but at a fraction of current pay. We do it to ourselves. Very hard to have it both ways. Try working at Walmart and living on love. See where that gets you!

I know what you mean I just finished my assessment papers so I can go to school for QMED so I have a better shot at 28/28 I have been with my wife for 5 years now but we going strong she works at a bank but gets 2 weeks PTO every quarter which let’s us take vacations pretty regularly which we both love to do not many people out there have both the time and resources to truly enjoy there time off like us Mariners and I would never work a land job again 2 days to relax ?!? Forget that mess haha This is the life for me as my father before me and his before him :wink:

Try Seacor, their supplyboat schedules are 14/14 28/28 and 28/14, mostly the first two. You almost have to have bags in hand and in the office to get hired on down here (thats all the companies right now), good luck!

I heard seacor did even time schedules I have just heard so much BS about them from wages to lay offs that I have never looked any further than that but I will look into it cause even time is what I need with or without salary but thank you very much for the information every little bit helps :wink:

Seacor is a good company to work for. they (like other supply boat companies) are going through tough times right now. but all in all, they are a good solid multinational company. good opportunity. i was there from 1989 till 1997 and 2005 till 2009. if you get the chance go for it.