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Old 28 March 2008, 03:47   #11
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. . . looks like you've dunked your keyboard in the briney again too!

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Old 28 March 2008, 05:34   #12
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Oxboy, Sorry I cant help you with your answer – but I am in the same shoes.. Been in an office for the past 8 years (I know its not that long) but it’s a boring life, same computer screens, same people… I do have a weekend job on the water providing safety cover and also teaching some level 2’s and I think that’s one of the main things that’s making me want to get out of the office life!

I have my Level 2, PBI, a ML5, Sea Survival, First Aid, VHF and I am looking at getting my day skipper this year and my boat masters, and ideally before the end of the year my Intermediate PB – Then in the next few years moving to a on the water full time job.

The only thing I have noticed in looking at what’s out there is that you need to be very high in the industry to make any real money to support a family – but the way of life is far superior.


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Old 28 March 2008, 08:24   #13
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I honestly think it all comes down to money for Oxboy if he wants a job "on the water".

The harsh truth is as follows:-

a) In the UK there will be several months of the year when you cannot get out on the water at all. So that means no income if you are self-employed and dependant on skippering/instructing for a living.

b) As and when you do get out in the nicer months, you will do well to get 100 for each day you work.

And its not as if there are big bucks on offer from Sailing Schools as permanent employees. Most adverts I see for instructors are with salaries below 20k.

But - I have to say that getting the Instructor and Yachtmaster Commercial rating was probably the best thing I have ever done from a point of view of getting enjoyable part-time employment!!

There's the rub...........
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Old 28 March 2008, 08:44   #14
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You will know exactly what I am going through, good luck on your escape!!!!!!!!

I think I am going to persevere with the liferaft and lifejacket servicing & rib repairs and really hassle the manufacturers and repair agents.

Thanks for all your advice
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. . . looks like you've dunked your keyboard in the briney again too!

mor lyke hee az dunkt dat worlnut hee corls a brayn inn cheep syder. hee gott pist wen dem welch ruggby twatts wun de trippul wammy an de grannd slamm an fel in belfastt arber soe hee didd.

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Old 28 March 2008, 10:44   #16
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Sorry not to have weighed in on this thread before...

I run a small mail order chandlery and repair business in Manston, so I reckon we need to get together for a beer at some point! Aside from Malthouse I am also working on a couple of other marine related endeavors, none of which will provide work but many of which might produce some interesting angles for you.

If you do want to go down the liferaft servicing route I am certain I can help.

I would also give Jon Brooks a shout as he has more connections that an octopus in a telephone exchange!

Let me know,
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The Jolly Farmer is a good pub, how abour a pint there sometime?????
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The Jolly Farmer is a good pub, how abour a pint there sometime?????
An excellent idea, I shall PM you my details.

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Listen to Rogue Wave's advice, read his post over and over again. It's a 'kin hard life in the marine industry. Just keep to the 9-5 and play with it when you want to.

Why ruin a hobby by turning it into profession?
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Hi Ox,

We are based in Ramsgate, all of my cox's are advance powerboat with comercial endorsement, this would be what most would look for or Yachtmaster.

As already said pay is not great.

Most that work for me do it because they love to be on the water and are either at uni or do it part time.

Local liferaft and jacket servicing would be a good place and area to get into.
As Rouge said speak to Charlie Mill at Ocean Safety, top bloke and have work with him for many years. We use only their kit.

A beer with Martin is always a good start and if he is very on the ball and go getting, if only more chandleries were like that. Jolly is good but the Bell Vue at Pegwell is better.......Spitfire on draught!!!!

All the best.
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