I joined the Merchant Navy at 18 as a Deck Cadet, working on Container ships out in the far east. 4 months on 1 month off.
Became qualified at 23 and was 3rd Officer 4 months on 2 months off.
Worked on coatal vessels, not tax free anymore but 3 weeks on 3 weeks off as 2nd Officer and Chief Officer.
For the last 3 years I have been on tugs as Chief Officer (dare I say it soon to be Captain) and 2 weeks on 2 weeks off. Bliss!
Money's better than when I was a Cadet too!
Somerset, like 'Heartbeat' with newer cars!
Retro MTB: 1992 Cannondale M1000 Deore XT M730. 1992 Raleigh Dyna Tech Quantum Deore XT.
Retro Road: 1992 Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra Telekom Shimano 600 STI. 1993 Dyna Tech Ti Campagnolo Athena 8 Ergopower.
Modern: 2004 Wilier scandium Ultegra 6600. 2014 Wilier GTR Ultegra 6800.