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Old 03-03-2012, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Since there is so much interest in people coming from landlocked states to Alaska to make the big bucks, here is some questions to mull over before you set to sea!

First you need to know the differance between the poFirst you need to know the differance between the pointy end and the flat end of a boat.

Then you need to ask "Do I get sea sick"? Very hard to work with a barf bucket laced around you neck so the rest of the crew doesn't have to step in you puke!

Can you tie knots other than your shoelaces?

Do you know what "Port" is.... Hint: it's not a wine you eat cheese with!

Can you safely use the "Poop deck" without getting washed overboard?

Can you lubricate using "Relative Bearing grease"?

How much weight can the average sky hook hold?

How many feet of shoreline does it take to tie a boat to the dock and the flat end of a boat goes which way?

Then you need to ask "Do I get sea sick"? Very hard to work with a barf bucket laced around you neck so the rest of the crew doesn't have to step in your puke!

Can you tie knots other than your shoelaces?

Do you know what "Port" is.... Hint: it's not a wine you eat cheese with!

Can you safely use the "Poop deck" without getting washed overboard?

Can you lubricate using "Relative Bearing grease"?

How many feet of shoreline does it take to tie a boat to the dock?

How many gallons of prop wash does it take to wash the boat per foot length?

When the captain tells you to "make ten knots", what are they and how fast are you going in a following sea!

How sneaky is a following sea?

How often do you pass mail buoy's? And how often do they pick up mail?

What kind of party does "May Day" inspire?

If you can answer these, then you are clearly ready for the life of a "Salt"! Go to the nearest Alaskan boat harbor after printing this out and show to the boat captain of your choice for instant concideration for the job of deck hand!
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:39 PM
 
Location: "Out there" in Alaska.
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Prop wash - what a corker you are! Harrrrr-har-harrr!!!
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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Whatever you do, don't expect a job processing seafood shoreside unless your grandest ambition is earning minimum wage. A lot of places have to import workers from Eastern Europe, Mexico, or other places where Alaska minimum wage of $7.75 seems like a lot of money.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:00 PM
 
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Mark you left out the one having to do with your sea chest! And of course where you have to be to take shore leave.
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Absolutely hilarious. I especially like the sky hook thing! I've had apprentices that spent hours trying to find one on the job!!

All these people that want to come up here and get a job in the most dangerous occupation there is; with absolutely no experience or knowledge of what it entails. Nice pipe dream!! "smoke some more"!!

Most people don't have what it takes to work day after day around the clock with no sleep!

Thank goodness we have "captains' up here that are able to discern who is qualified not based on some phony resume!
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:25 PM
 
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Sity I would rather carve Ivory with you than be on a crab/fishing boat.... The way you talk I can make an absolute fortune and have almost no risk of dieing...
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Sity I would rather carve Ivory with you than be on a crab/fishing boat.... The way you talk I can make an absolute fortune and have almost no risk of dieing...
I do not carve on ivory; my sons do that quite well and they make money every day.

It is a proven win/win situation; Do the work; make the $$. Nothing could ever be easier!!
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Mark you left out the one having to do with your sea chest! And of course where you have to be to take shore leave.

I left out a lot of stuff because I didn't want the new salts to be over whelmed!

There is the sea bats too, and since the captain carries the key to the sea chest, I didn't figure they would need to know where that is hidden to boot!

I just can't give out all the trades secrets at once!

My favorite secret place though was to give the new guys some special parts and then have them give the parts to Bow'sin up on deck and to have him store them in Davy Jone's locker, and then get a signed recept from him because they were liable for it's storage if'in anything happened to them. Wouldn't you know it, the Dam Bow'sin threw that stuff right over the side and the poor new deck hand had just about a heart attack when he saw the stuff hit the water, and now he was going to have to pay for it!

Tried to show a young kid how to properly braid some of the ship's Water Line, but he had no dexterity with his fingers what so ever, and just wasted my entire day!
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Braiding rope and tying knots is a skill that not too many people are aware of unless you have to use them in your daily use @ work.
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Braiding rope and tying knots is a skill that not too many people are aware of unless you have to use them in your daily use @ work.
Once a rope hits the deck of a real ship, it becomes a "Line", call a line a rope and everyone knows you don't have a clue about deck seamanship!

There is a real wide assortment of "Lines" and what they do!

Using Tide Lines on the ship when docked, allows the ship to rise and fall as the water levels change!

Water Lines are mostly used for towing since they repel water.

Shore Lines are for making a ship steady when it is up against the beach!?

Power lines are when you hook to shore power so you can shut down the ships generator when at Port!
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