i think i'm done working on boats for other people (for now)
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 14:25
Eric in professional maritime

The water is warming up here in San Diego. As the temperatures rise, the tuna come farther and north and are in striking distance of the San Diego sport fishing fleet. 

Some of the long range boats (like the Red Rooster III) don't really need to wait and can make the haul down to warmer waters year round. For the smaller one day boat that I work on (the Pronto), our range is shorter so we basically only go out in the summer.

A couple of days ago I got a call to run some trips this June, and I think I'm going to duck out of them. The charter fleet that I was lucky enough to work with (West Coast Multihull) will probably get busier with the warmer weather as well. More tourists come to San Diego and more people want to spend time on the water, so the math works out in the favor of a lower tonnage captain like myself. Alas, I think I'm going to duck out of that work as well.

The market for captains is pretty cut throat and although I've ingratiated myself into a couple of spheres it's still a lot of work. 24 hour trips on the Pronto having me leaving Friday at 7pm returning the same time on Saturday, effectively nuking my weekend. All day charters on the catamarans are much easier on the schedule, but you're working. You're going where your clients want to go, you're in customer service mode, and you're hustling. 

I hate to sound like a wimp but I think I'd rather spend my time paddleboarding and hanging out with my family. At least for now. I rack up plenty of sea time and will continue to do so on the Rebel Heart so maintaining my license isn't a problem. For this summer, I'm going to sit back and let some other folks hang out in the wheelhouse and take the helm. 

Update on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 23:10 by Registered CommenterRebel Heart

Well it turns out I've been happily back on the water, this time working on a San Diego thrill boat. Local, staying in the bay, and home by dinner every night.


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