I was in the merchant marine in the early 90’s and I really would like to get back on a boat. I face some major hurdles though. I’ve worked in Information Tech for over 15 years. But have 10 years of experience as a cook, both in restaurants and a couple of boats. I’m a little rusty but could take over a galley or kitchen in no time. Things have changed since 9/11 though, I got my first Z-card just by strolling into a CG station. I have my TWIC and am currently waiting for my MMD (unlicensed OS) and getting the STCW BST just isn’t doable at this time. I would relocate anywhere and work on any boat as a cook or even a wiper if I could but I’m in Ohio and all of the companies are in the GOM area. My guess is that doing a job search through the Internet would be an exercise in futility and my best bet would be to pound the pavement in Houma or Galliano, LA. Would it actually be worth my while to save a few bucks and go do the 5 day BST somewhere? Should I just head to LA? Or am I crazy for even trying? And while I do like working in IT I’m getting burned out on it and at this point will do whatever it takes to get back on a boat. I’m kind of old… 50 but single and can pretty much move anywhere.
Any ideas, thoughts would be appreciated.