Hey all, I tend to lie low and just read these days, but I have searched and can’t find a definitive answer (perhaps because there is none).
As I will be applying to academies next year, I have narrowed it down to Mass and Great Lakes Maritime (I visited Cal, and I don’t think Vallejo is for me, and I can’t really afford that right now anyway). As a GLMA deck graduate, I will be able to sail Lakes and Ocean. This along with the fact that it is far less militaristic is very appealing to me. I will be spending some time at Mass in a few weeks, but judging by their cadet handbook, I don’t know how much I want the psuedomilitary lifestyle. I have heard it translates well to going to sea, but I have also heard that it does not at all. What do you think?
I have lived on the ocean all my life, and never even touched the Great Lakes, so naturally, I have always envisioned myself sailing deep sea. However, the idea of sailing lakes is also very interesting to me.
Basically, my question comes down to this - how does the lifestyles of sailors on the Lakes differ from those sailing Deep Sea? Pay? What about job opportunities for deckies? Any other distinctions between the two I should be aware of?
Additionally, would attending a school for the lakes deter my chances of sailing oceans?
Probably another one of JamesJim’s classic shitty questions, but this has been on my mind recently and I would like to try to get some insight. I would love to take the advice of “shut the hell up and just get on a boat already” but, unfortunately, I can’t right now. So deciding on what I will do when I can get on the boat is the best I can manage for now.