How much time at sea

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  1. Bill1899

    Bill1899 Member

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    I have read a lot about the time spent at sea as a student but I am also interested in what life is like after graduation. Can anyone let me know how much time a professional sailor spends at sea once working in the maritime industry. How long are the typical cruises and how much leave time is given in between cruises?

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  2. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    It all depends on what segment of the industry you work in. It is all different for Inland, Offshore, tugs, MSC or deep sea. Almost everyone sails 6-9 months out of the year but how it is broken up differs. Inland, tugs and Offshore (oil and gas industry) are typically anywhere from 7 to 28 day hitches, deep sea is usually 60-90 days.

    Shipping out of a union hall gives you the flexibility to take as much time off between jobs as your pocket book allows. Everyone else is on a set schedule of pretty much equal time or 2 for 1.
     
  3. kps99

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    Depends, I used to sail six to 9 monthes a year. I sailed more when I was single and on a good run.
     

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