Sunday, January 19, 2014

what is there to say?

Sometimes, there's just not a hell of a lot to say! We got on the boat Thursday and it's been a pretty normal hitch so far. All paper runs so far, with some good standby time in between. I like the standby, as long as it's not too much of a good thing. Catch up on some reading ( Game of Thrones book 2 ) and catch up on Breaking bad, which I didn't start watching until just past November, and then a little of chart corrections too.
That needed a little attention because for some reason it's been neglected over the past year or so while i was away. I found all our publications to be out of date, so those are on order,as well as a couple of charts.

so, I'm just basking in the glow of being back with my crew, on my old boat. Life is good! I'm thinking of a series of interviews with other captains for a monthly blog entry, so look for that soon. Oh yeah, dieting now. goal: drop 75 pounds in the next 7 months. 10 pounds a month - healthy, doable. I'm taking the calorie counting route this time around because after all, calories is king is king as far as eating goes.

Anyways, that's it for now, just a run of the mill, non interesting dispatch, day in the life sort of thing ~ Al


  1. Hello! I'm a 20 year old college student looking for an entry level position as a deckhand on a tugboat. You seem very knowledgable about tugboats and the industry - do you have any suggestions as to how I would go about obtaining a job as a deckhand on a tugboat? Please let me know. Thanks!

  2. Hi, there are two credentials you need before you start looking for work. One is a TWIC (transportation workers identification card) issues by the TSA. The other is a MMD (merchant mariner document) issued by the US Coast Guard. The first one qualifies you for access to secure port facilities, and the second one makes sure you're for (physically and otherwise) for work on the boats. With those in hand, you can begin the job search process.

  3. Hello capnscruffy,
    I am shubhajyoti, community manager of Sailors Club,the Maritime Social Network. I like your blogs and would like to invite you to Join the Sailors Club,the Maritime Social Network.

    Meanwhile we are running a Blog Fair ,where we invite various scribblers on Maritime.

    Please accept my invitation.

    Looking forward to meet you onboard Sailors Club
    Fair Winds
    Shubhajyoti,Community Manager