I was in the Navy for a while (subs), and have done a lot of sailing on my own boat and friend’s boats. Enough sea time that I can qualify for the oupv, plus I liked studying for the test, and I figure it can’t hurt to have a professional certification. So I’m 90% done with my application packet and hopefully can test after that.
I have a “land career” that’s been good to me (software). I don’t really have my hopes on any nice and/or senior positions in the professional maritime realm, but I wouldn’t mind slowly but surely working my way in that direction. For the short term I’d be happy to just continue to sail, load up sea time the same way I have been, and keep doing my land job. So I guess these are my questions:
Is starting with an oupv any better or worse than doing it another way? I might be able to drum up some business doing charter work just with the sailing contacts I know.
I’d like to get more exposure to bigger vessels and a more professional environment. Any suggestions? I’ve seen some ads for part time small boat captains for Vessel Assist, and I was thinking of hitting up the neighboring fishing fleet to see if they needed anyone. I’d rather not work in the galley and scrape fish guts if possible.