f [QUOTE=Robert Motherwell;157033]I have open oppourtunities with both Washington State Ferries and a highly reputable tug company in the PNW. They are both “both foot in the door” type jobs with a lot of potential. I have 1600 ton mate ocean and AB limited, no towing endorsement. These are great oppourtunities, but I just can’t decide. I’ve akways wanted to work on tugs but have never had an oppourtunity. WSF employees claim its best time ever to be hired and the thought of coming home every night has great appeal. I’d be AB with the tug and OS with the ferries, but ferries claim I could be an AB right away, no guarantees tho.
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Depends on you. If you don’t give a shit about being a professional mariner, if you just want to suck on the governments tit(taxpayer), if you can see yourself mopping up piss and shit for the next 20 or so years until your govt. pension kicks in , oh I forgot, you will probably make captain before retirement(LOL) I say go for the ferry thing. However, if you are interested in developing professional skills, and being able to look at yourself each morning in the mirror, then tugs are the way to go. Towing is not the end all for everyone but it is a step along the way to being able to look back from wherever your ambition took you and smile at your accomplishments.