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Old 31 March 2014, 16:46   #1
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Career change

Thought I'd ask in here first, what is the boaty industry like for work, freelance, employed, etc. what are the going rates for the industry? & in which sectors?

I'm thinking of a career change. I'm a freelance race circuit instructor & automotive product expert doing motor industry launch events all over Europe. From lowly brands to the best in the world. So quite used to instructing & dealing with people on a daily basis. Based in Dorset but I currently travel extensively for my current work.

Thinking of getting into the boat side of things, which is currently just a hobby, but I would seriously consider boaty stuff an option. Have many years experience on the water, from boating to windsurfing, sailing etc.


What might you guys suggest the best route to take?
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Old 01 April 2014, 19:09   #2
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The marine industry is extremely varied from a Saturday boy cleaning boats to the Captain of the QE2!, as are the rates of pay!

If you are looking at the instructing / skippering / delivery side of things, the rates go from 60/day upto 200/day. There is usually plenty of work available during the season, but finding work over the winter is not always so easy. If you can be flexible with your current work, I would advise trying to make the change gradually, as it will take a while to get yourself known and build up a (hopefully good!) reputation.
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Old 03 April 2014, 04:27   #3
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Thanks for that, yes certainly looking to ease my way into it, my current work is flexible as is
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