deciding to uproot and leave home, our jobs and sell all our belongings to have an adventure was inciting and exciting. we headed to florida to try and join the super yacht industry in a bid to fund our eventual plan of sailing our own yacht six months of the year and work for six months on super yachts to top up the bank account. with seasonal gigs all over the world; the med, the caribbean, the indian ocean, the south pacific - it all sounds exotic and intoxicating.
we have now been in fort lauderdale for 52 days and while we are have slightly passed go, we are not yet anywhere near where we thought we would be at this point and are certainly not ready to collect $200 (a monopoly reference for you tazzy).
we have had daywork, have made some great new friends and met some potential future crew mates, but we are yet to find a captain to commit to giving this hard-working australian couple the thumbs up for something more permanent.
having transferable skills from our former careers, me with my hospitality, events management, budget keeping, barista training, bar and cocktail making and kurt with his carpentry, sailing, abseiling, crane and wince operations and combined - being padi open water divers, both having a love of water sports and the ocean; we think we have some desirable friggin skills. but who knows, we are not the ones doing the hiring.
things are not all bad on this emotional rollercoaster though, we have both had a coupe of job offers, however they were either positions on "absolutely not couple friendly" yachts or smaller yachts that rarely leave florida, or the back of the owners property and had a not so desirable itineraries.
right now is prime-time to be in fort lauderdale looking to get on a yacht heading to the caribbean so captains have the creme de la creme of yachties to choose from. which technically puts us way down the list and we keep getting told by seasoned crew that if we can just wait it out another four weeks, when other green crew run out of money and have to go home, job prospects will look up.
so what to do? we have some leads that we are following up and are busy trying to convince crew agents to fight in our corner. we do know what we are not willing to split up and go in opposite directions, as some of our friends have opted to do. we are not opposed to temporary gigs for a month or so on separate yachts so perhaps we focus our energies on this.