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SAILOR/BOATWRIGHT, IN-DEPTH: The Sailboat Represents Freedom

About this video 

Reese, a sailor and boatwright, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and his work-life balance. He tells us that he appreciates the freedom that the sailboat represents and its ability to use a free natural resource to take people anywhere in the world. Figuring out the many different mechanical aspects of being a boatwright has been challenging, but he has been able to apply his knowledge from construction to much of his work on sailboats.

Job Title: Sailor & Boatwright
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Sailors and Marine Oilers

Job Description

Stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. Must hold government-issued certification and tankerman certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Includes able seamen and ordinary seamen.

On-the-Job Training

Significant on the job training can be expected for entry level works for the first year.

Certification Requirement
Required to have a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Other licenses may be required, depending on the specifications of the job.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Seasonal
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Military, Outdoor, Physically demanding, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands, Strength/stamina, Technical skills, Teamwork, Adventurous
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m='14980'>which</span> <span m='15220'>is</span> <span m='15410'>the</span> <span m='15490'>sailboat,</span> <span m='16420'>because</span> <span m='16700'>it</span> <span m='16770'>is</span> <span m='16880'>such</span> <span m='17090'>a</span> <span m='17140'>diverse</span> <span m='17930'>object.</span> <span m='19740'>That's</span> <span m='20010'>one</span> <span m='20290'>aspect</span> <span m='20690'>that</span> <span m='20800'>I</span> <span m='20850'>really</span> <span m='21120'>appreciate</span> <span m='21630'>about it.</span> </p><p><span m='21900'>I</span> <span m='22060'>also</span> <span m='22530'>appreciate</span> <span m='23980'>the</span> <span m='24130'>freedom</span> <span m='24650'>that</span> <span m='24720'>the</span> <span m='24840'>sailboat</span> <span m='25680'>represents,</span> <span m='26370'>being</span> <span m='26630'>able</span> <span m='26820'>to</span> <span m='26920'>utilize</span> <span m='28250'>a</span> <span m='28340'>free</span> <span m='28620'>resource</span> <span m='29120'>on</span> <span m='29220'>the</span> <span m='29280'>planet,</span> <span m='29660'>wind,</span> <span m='29940'>which</span> <span m='30130'>is</span> <span m='30240'>consistently</span> <span m='30770'>blowing,</span> <span m='31180'>and</span> <span m='31250'>using</span> <span m='31660'>it</span> <span m='31860'>to</span> <span m='32360'>take</span> <span m='32630'>you,</span> <span m='33180'>and</span> <span m='33760'>other</span> <span m='33970'>people,</span> <span m='34530'>and</span> <span m='34910'>your</span> <span m='35080'>things,</span> <span m='35520'>and</span> <span m='35610'>your</span> <span m='35740'>life</span> <span m='36550'>pretty</span> <span m='36680'>much</span> <span m='36860'>anywhere</span> <span m='37170'>in</span> <span m='37240'>the</span> <span m='37310'>world</span> <span m='38060'>and</span> <span m='38280'>to</span> <span m='38360'>do</span> <span m='38560'>that</span> <span m='39480'>at</span> <span m='39630'>a</span> <span m='39700'>tempo</span> <span m='40110'>that</span> <span m='40250'>I</span> <span m='40310'>think</span> <span m='40570'>is</span> <span m='42000'>very</span> <span m='42200'>useful</span> <span m='43110'>for</span> <span m='43260'>the</span> <span m='43340'>human</span> <span m='43560'>being.</span> </p><p><span m='44340'>Consistency,</span> <span m='46580'>discipline,</span> <span m='48220'>and</span> <span m='50260'>the</span> <span m='52060'>logistics</span> <span m='52710'>of</span> <span m='52920'>maintaining--</span> <span m='54080'>personally</span> <span m='55680'>maintaining</span> <span m='56140'>a</span> <span m='56160'>sailboat</span> <span m='56580'>is a</span> <span m='56720'>very</span> <span m='56940'>difficult</span> <span m='57300'>thing</span> <span m='57470'>to</span> <span m='57570'>do.</span> <span m='57880'>What</span> <span m='58100'>used</span> <span m='58380'>to</span> <span m='58650'>be</span> <span m='58930'>a</span> <span m='59130'>community</span> <span m='59600'>effort</span> <span m='60660'>in</span> <span m='61000'>the</span> <span m='61090'>times</span> <span m='61350'>when</span> <span m='61460'>the</span> <span m='61560'>sailboat</span> <span m='61990'>was</span> <span m='62130'>used</span> <span m='62560'>for</span> <span m='62970'>providing</span> <span m='63530'>sustenance</span> <span m='64069'>for</span> <span m='64209'>communities</span> <span m='65190'>has</span> <span m='65400'>been</span> <span m='65580'>replaced</span> <span m='66050'>by</span> <span m='67930'>a</span> <span m='68020'>singular</span> <span m='68470'>effort,</span> <span m='68840'>which</span> <span m='69390'>costs</span> <span m='69810'>a</span> <span m='69890'>lot</span> <span m='70080'>more.</span> <span m='70560'>And it</span> <span m='70950'>taxes</span> <span m='71480'>the</span> <span m='71840'>abilities</span> <span m='72360'>of</span> <span m='72470'>single</span> <span m='72820'>people</span> <span m='73920'>a</span> <span m='74000'>lot</span> <span m='74220'>further.</span> </p><p><span m='75940'>I</span> <span m='76200'>think</span> <span m='76410'>that's</span> <span m='76600'>probably</span> <span m='76830'>the</span> <span m='76920'>most</span> <span m='77190'>difficult</span> <span m='77550'>thing</span> <span m='77670'>that</span> <span m='77800'>I've</span> <span m='77940'>come</span> <span m='78070'>up</span> <span m='78190'>against</span> <span m='78600'>in</span> <span m='78690'>my</span> <span m='78820'>sailboat</span> <span m='79570'>experience</span> <span m='79950'>so</span> <span m='80060'>far</span> <span m='80680'>is</span> <span m='81120'>just</span> <span m='81320'>the</span> <span m='81410'>sheer</span> <span m='81670'>difficulty</span> <span m='82240'>of</span> <span m='82360'>the</span> <span m='82590'>tasks</span> <span m='83190'>that</span> <span m='83320'>are</span> <span m='83410'>involved.</span> <span m='84100'>A</span> <span m='84430'>key</span> <span m='84700'>decision</span> <span m='85150'>I</span> <span m='85210'>made</span> <span m='85540'>to</span> <span m='85620'>get</span> <span m='85810'>into</span> <span m='85990'>sailing</span> <span m='86560'>was</span> <span m='87760'>to</span> <span m='88440'>apply</span> <span m='90410'>my</span> <span m='91150'>abilities</span> <span m='92190'>in</span> <span m='92660'>other</span> <span m='93000'>aspects</span> <span m='93370'>of</span> <span m='93440'>my</span> <span m='93560'>life,</span> <span m='94020'>namely</span> <span m='94600'>building</span> <span m='95240'>things</span> <span m='95870'>and</span> <span m='96770'>figuring</span> <span m='97170'>out</span> <span m='97340'>systems,</span> <span m='99080'>to</span> <span m='99600'>the</span> <span m='99670'>boat</span> <span m='99920'>world</span> <span m='100380'>and</span> <span m='101850'>deciding</span> <span m='102600'>to</span> <span m='104190'>dedicate</span> <span m='105290'>a</span> <span m='105400'>good</span> <span m='105570'>portion</span> <span m='105850'>of</span> <span m='105900'>my</span> <span m='106050'>time</span> <span m='106430'>to</span> <span m='106550'>investigating</span> <span m='107040'>those</span> <span m='107396'>things.</span> </p><p><span m='108110'>It</span> <span m='108270'>is</span> <span m='109460'>not</span> <span m='109800'>hard</span> <span m='110060'>to</span> <span m='110120'>find</span> <span m='110340'>work</span> <span m='110580'>as</span> <span m='110710'>a</span> <span m='110770'>sailing</span> <span m='111180'>teacher.</span> <span m='111500'>It's</span> <span m='111630'>actually</span> <span m='112070'>a</span> <span m='112220'>skill</span> <span m='112550'>that is</span> <span m='112750'>very</span> <span m='112950'>sought</span> <span m='113250'>after.</span> <span m='113500'>There's</span> <span m='113720'>a</span> <span m='113770'>lot</span> <span m='113930'>of</span> <span m='114010'>people</span> <span m='114380'>that</span> <span m='114560'>are</span> <span m='114900'>interested</span> <span m='115400'>in</span> <span m='115490'>learning</span> <span m='115760'>how</span> <span m='115910'>to</span> <span m='115990'>do</span> <span m='116220'>so.</span> <span m='117470'>Finding</span> <span m='118680'>consistent</span> <span m='120700'>work</span> <span m='121080'>in</span> <span m='121210'>the</span> <span m='121290'>sailing</span> <span m='121700'>industry</span> <span m='124460'>is</span> <span m='124660'>not</span> <span m='124940'>easy.</span> <span m='125530'>It's</span> <span m='125840'>an</span> <span m='126110'>industry</span> <span m='126560'>that</span> <span m='127150'>fluctuates</span> <span m='127760'>a</span> <span m='127810'>lot.</span> <span m='128590'>And</span> <span m='128990'>most</span> <span m='129229'>of</span> <span m='129310'>the</span> <span m='129389'>work</span> <span m='129590'>that</span> <span m='129710'>I've</span> <span m='129860'>done</span> <span m='130039'>has</span> <span m='130190'>been</span> <span m='130520'>through</span> <span m='130800'>word</span> <span m='131020'>of</span> <span m='131090'>mouth</span> <span m='131550'>and</span> <span m='131780'>personal</span> <span m='132130'>relationships</span> <span m='132630'>with</span> <span m='132740'>boat</span> <span m='133015'>owners.</span> </p><p><span m='133940'>So</span> <span m='134720'>as</span> <span m='134860'>long</span> <span m='135100'>as</span> <span m='135240'>one</span> <span m='135440'>is</span> <span m='135780'>savvy</span> <span m='136610'>and</span> <span m='137360'>a</span> <span m='137500'>good</span> <span m='137700'>communicator,</span> <span m='138540'>then, in</span> <span m='139000'>my</span> <span m='139100'>experience,</span> <span m='139610'>work</span> <span m='139770'>has</span> <span m='139910'>never</span> <span m='140120'>been</span> <span m='140260'>hard to</span> <span m='140674'>find.</span> <span m='142970'>But</span> <span m='143390'>it's</span> <span m='143930'>not</span> <span m='144650'>extremely</span> <span m='145060'>consistent.</span> <span m='146320'>My</span> <span m='146420'>work-life</span> <span m='146920'>balance</span> <span m='148470'>is</span> <span m='148680'>pretty</span> <span m='148910'>phenomenal.</span> <span m='149580'>I've</span> <span m='149910'>decided</span> <span m='150830'>not</span> <span m='151070'>to</span> <span m='151190'>let</span> <span m='151370'>work</span> <span m='151750'>be</span> <span m='152090'>a</span> <span m='152160'>predominant</span> <span m='153410'>experience,</span> <span m='154180'>because</span> <span m='154510'>I</span> <span m='154960'>prize</span> <span m='155610'>the</span> <span m='155750'>enjoyment</span> <span m='156270'>of</span> <span m='156370'>the</span> <span m='156460'>life</span> <span m='156740'>that</span> <span m='156920'>I</span> <span m='157010'>am</span> <span m='157190'>experiencing</span> <span m='157830'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='158900'>I'd</span> <span m='159140'>say</span> <span m='159390'>that</span> <span m='159640'>I</span> <span m='159860'>probably</span> <span m='160460'>work</span> <span m='160720'>when</span> <span m='160850'>I'm</span> <span m='160940'>working</span> <span m='161250'>on</span> <span m='161380'>a</span> <span m='161400'>boat</span> <span m='162240'>the</span> <span m='162440'>same</span> <span m='162790'>number as</span> <span m='163270'>when</span> <span m='163430'>I'm</span> <span m='163550'>doing</span> <span m='163780'>construction</span> <span m='164250'>work.</span> <span m='164550'>Around</span> <span m='164810'>35</span> <span m='165075'>to</span> <span m='165340'>45%</span> <span m='166130'>of</span> <span m='166170'>my</span> <span m='166280'>time</span> <span m='166580'>is</span> <span m='166650'>spent</span> <span m='166980'>working.</span> <span m='168160'>The</span> <span m='168250'>rest</span> <span m='168490'>of the</span> <span m='168590'>time</span> <span m='168800'>is</span> <span m='168960'>spent</span> <span m='169130'>enjoying</span> <span m='169640'>the</span> <span m='169740'>things</span> <span m='170020'>I</span> <span m='170110'>like</span> <span m='170410'>to do.</span> </p>","file":{"id":378744,"video_id":"3374302552001","name":"2323-Reese-p-SailboatMechanic2-In-Depth","duration":172014,"thumbnail_url":null}});