Hello everyone. First I would like to say that the information I’ve found on this site is excellent. There are many on this site that are well informed and the knowledge they share is helpful and appreciated.
I am 37 and have chosen the marine life as a career. My early years were spent going from job to job and in and out of college. I studied mathematics and psychology but never finished a degree. During these years I learned of life on the boats through a friend who’s brother was a Captain (inland push boats) and I did two hitches. I liked life on the boats, but was too young to settle down. I also had a feeling inside me that I really wanted offshore, not going back and forth in the Intercoastal. (Seemed kinda like driving up and down in a ditch.)
To brag about myself (throw in the shameless plug) I heard one of my Captain’s tell someone on the phone that he had the best deckhand onboard that he had ever seen. He mentioned that I painted the whole boat in one, 20 day hitch. Didn’t seem like much to me; I was just keeping busy to pass the time. Another thing I did which I noticed raised his eyebrows was splice all the end of the ropes I found fraying. I just saw them and I wanted something to. He came in one day and asked if I had done that. At first I thought I did something wrong, but then understood differently. So I don’t mind working. And it just seems logical to me that clean and organized is safe and efficient.
So I would like to go back on the water-- this time offshore. I’m thinking crew boats are a good start and there is a chance that I would get my 100 gt and stay. Lifeboats are another option, but crew boats would be my first choice. If I do chose to advance, I would get my AB-OSV or special or limited (and maybe still get the 100gt), then move up to larger boats and advance toward a 500gt mate. It would be a dream if I could start with a company from day one that would let me move up without having to change companies to find a larger boat.
I know that the future isn’t something we can know for sure, but these are my general goals. With more experience on the water I know that I will learn what I enjoy and what my strengths and weaknesses are. I also know that the cost and time involved in upgrading is great but I would be willing to make those sacrifices. I’m single and without children, so I have nothing to tie me down.
Now for anyone that would be kind enough to tell me if my thinking is in any way flawed, please straighten me out. Also, I know that things are tight now and it’s tough for everyone, but if anyone has an idea of where I could go and how to go about beginning this adventure, please tell me. I live in Houston, TX and am looking at the GOM. I would be willing to work outside the GOM, but the GOM is closer.
Thanks and good luck to all.