First, gCaptain is so awesome! the threads here generally seem to be pretty helpful compared to other forums I’ve been frequenting (USN related). I am a 37yo veteran and switching careers to maritime for a host of reasons I won’t go into. I will try and keep this question as directed and effective as I can.
Let’s say that I wanted to skipper tall ships and run a charter business later. What would be the better path to do that:
Start out as a deckhand on Tall ships now and get the sea time/ work my way up to Mate/Master over the course of years.
Go to an academy, get 3M license, work in commercial maritime for the pay and experience, THEN transition to Tall Ships
For background, I am applying for SUNY and TAMU for Fall of 2019. This means I am angling towards #2 for the flexibility and the pay starting out. HOWEVER, the problem with #2 is it is very expensive and would add another What… possibly +80k/100k (out of state tuition) To the debt I already have from my first degree.
Don’t get me wrong I don’t JUST want to skipper tall ships. Being on the deck of any commercial maritime vessel sounds appealing to me. But the cost of the schooling is very daunting. Any input/thoughts/advice is very much appreciated.