[QUOTE=tugsailor;154073]Its only the top half dozen OSV companies that are (or were) paying more than we can make at the average tugboat company. Most of the Gulf jobs pay less, often a lot less.
We are unaffected by the drop in the price oil, or if anything as the overall economy grows on lower oil prices, we should have more and better opportunities outside the oil patch.[/QUOTE]
I recall the bust years of the early 80s when I was at sea. We were unaffected by the down turn on tugs. Every time we came back from the Caribbean to Cameron, more and more jack ups were being stacked in the Calcasieu. It was like someone was sowing Beth Rig seeds. What was old is new again. I had no problem staying employed back then, especially on tugs and the new fangled ATBs. In fact, I even got a pretty good deep sea offer, but turned it down for personal reasons.