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Employment Options on STT for Avid Boater

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Hi! My fiance & I contemplating a move from sunny AZ to beautiful St. Thomas next year.

Where I have many years experience in bartending and the hospitality industry, he does not. As I have read, bartending or hotel industry jobs are somewhat readily available for a newcomer like myself.

On the other hand, we are looking in advance for options or ideas for him (as we definitely need to plan ahead for a major move like this). He is 31 years old, very enthusiastic, hard-working, and has 1000+ hours on various power boats. Our dream is to make the journey from FL to STT on our new 35' Chaparral. We are trading our Mastercraft wake-boarding boat to fulfill our dream. We will more than likely be living on the boat for the first couple months while getting settled & finding a home. We have not yet done the research on costs to dock/live on board indefinitely. Any info on that would be very helpful as well.....

But as we will be living on the water, and with his extreme knowledge & experience in boats, we are hoping to find him a job that he will enjoy. Any thoughts or idea would be very much appreciated!! 😎

Thanks so much in advance!!
Jill & Ryan

Posted : June 6, 2011 8:11 pm
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If he has the opportunity to get a USCG Masters license - 100 Ton - Near Coastal - with720 days [not hours] of time on a good tonnage vessel it would be worth the effort ahead of time - a TWIC card [mandatory] and Auxiliary Sail endorsement - STCW 95 endorsement are all worth it.
Mate jobs are also available but many are live-aboard and involve lengthy off island travel.

Posted : June 6, 2011 10:50 pm
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What kind of work does he do on boats? Engines? Maintenance? Fiberglass? Or crew?

Posted : June 7, 2011 12:32 am
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