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FLIBS18: Checking the Tide: Do you have a plan for your career in yachting?


Yacht captains and crew have many opportunities for travel, training, and financial gain. But are they planning ahead and plotting a course for themselves? The Triton Today staff was on the docks Friday and asked crew if they have thought about what their future looks like.

Bosun Robert Crot
M/Y Axis
181’ support vessel
“Yeah, I’m doing it. I’m going to keep upgrading my license, and learning about the sub so I can drive that someday. I’m on the greatest boat in the industry.”

First Mate Stephanie Goodwin
M/Y Kipany
116’ Intermarine
“My husband and I do this together, and we plan to stay for years on this boat. I’ll keep working on my license so if I ever do want to step back from yachting, I’ll have some options.”

First Mate Justin Ferguson
M/Y Bella
45m Feadship
“Maybe to get my captain’s license. That’s the next step.”

Deckhand Andrew Maxwell
130’ Westport
“I had a career plan before in commercial diving, but then I found this [eight years ago]. I like the view better. It’s hard to get out once you get in.”

Stew Courtney Schafer
M/Y Lazy Z
53m Oceanco
“Not really. It’s a good way to make money and to save money.”

Dayworker Daniel Lombana
M/Y Plan A
130’ Westport
“This is my first boat show. I kind of like it. I came from the casino industry and have a couple interviews on Monday. If those don’t go well, I might pursue this.”

Eng. Jeff Bernard
M/Y Jedi
123′ Admiral
“I give myself five years, then to my 100 acres for farming. I started late, but I knew the value of money, unlike some of the new crew. They see the lifestyle of the owner and think they can do the same. I would have gotten into this 10 years earlier.”

Purser Clare Taylor
M/Y La Dolce Vita
100′ Hargrave
“Yes. It can go one of two ways: the captain route or the chef route. I enjoy cooking but I enjoy the responsibility of running a vessel. I’ve stepped up as purser on this boat. It’s fun.”

Mate Victor Luiz
M/Y Castlefinn
112′ Westport
“It’s very vague, but I want to go into yacht surveying. I got married a couple of years ago and I’m a bit old for crew work. I only planned for a couple of years, but it’s been five years now.”

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