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Old 10-17-2017, 09:18 AM
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Nothing ventured, nothing gained.....So a newbie like me has to ask...
Having an interest in the marine industry...besides going all out in the Merchant Marine, how does one earn a spot on an ocean/river-going Tug? Or find a job as a deckhand sailing boats from North to South during season changes?
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go old school -

"stowaway" . Its how one of my uncles came from Italy
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Sound like a pretty good idea.....stow in the grain hold?
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Be careful with your wish. I love the water and boats. I joined the Coast Guard after getting out it was 7 to 8 years before I stepped foot on a boat or cared about the water. I have since regained my addiction. But it took several years.

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Go to a maritime school for college. In many cases you'll acquire enough seatime to graduate with a license.
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Am I the only one who saw the title and thought OP was looking to get into porn?
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Originally Posted by Just1more View Post
Am I the only one who saw the title and thought OP was looking to get into porn?
Nope, I thought we had a new Dirk Diggler on our hands
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For tugs, go get an AB card and apply to all tug companies then you can work your way up. Be willing to travel a lot, and learn to chip and paint.
For being a mate for deliveries, be willing to travel at a moment's notice. Go hang out at The Quarterdeck on Cordova Rd in Ft. Lauderdale and meet captains. After a bit, you will find a ride.
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Originally Posted by fishie1 View Post
Go to a maritime school for college. In many cases you'll acquire enough seatime to graduate with a license.
Originally Posted by cptsdr View Post
For tugs, go get an AB card and apply to all tug companies then you can work your way up. Be willing to travel a lot, and learn to chip and paint.
For being a mate for deliveries, be willing to travel at a moment's notice. Go hang out at The Quarterdeck on Cordova Rd in Ft. Lauderdale and meet captains. After a bit, you will find a ride.
Those are the two best approaches - the maritime school route (Maine Maritime, Mass Maritime, SUNY Maritime, USMMA, Texas A&M, Pacific Maritime) will graduate you with a license, so you can sail on a tug as a 1st mate, without having to go through the AB to 1st Mate 2-5 years of on the job experience. It also gives you other options besides being a working on a tug - you can't (as in no one will hire you) being an officer on an over 1,600 ton YS flag merchant ship unless you have graduated one of the maritime academies.
Effectively signing on with no experience has the advantage of working immediately, but it is usually a longer and slower road to being a captain.

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