By Capt. Scott “Fraz” Murie
Job security is something you must earn in our business. The job of a private captain is ultimately to provide for the enjoyment of the wealthy. We always have to keep in mind that the boats we fish on, and the crew employed upon them, are not a necessity for the owners.
Because fishing operations are a luxury, you must earn your job security because…there really is no job security in our business!
When economic circumstances change, there is no doubt in my mind that the first thing the owners get rid of is their boat. Once the boat is sold, the crew is next.
Beyond changes to the bank account, there are also times when owners just get burned out. Generally speaking, when owning a boat and hiring a crew is more of a burden than a source of joy, the operation will not last much longer.
Over the years I have seen a lot of crews come and go. The most common reasons for crews going by the wayside? They are let go for such things as poor work ethics, spending money foolishly, immaturity, too much partying or no common sense. This type of crew does not last long on the same boat.
I believe that you earn your job security by proving to the owner that you can be trusted with the responsibility of maintaining, operating and managing their multi-million-dollar hobby. You must set their mind at ease, treating their money as if it was your money. Knowing that they can trust you with managing their funds means a lot to owners.
Managing yourself and crew is very important to them as well. For instance, rumors that fly around the dock about certain crews getting drunk is not very impressive to the owners. I can guarantee that they are glad that such rumors are not about their crew!
Loyalty, honesty, and trustworthiness are the keys to a job that lasts a long time. It’s pretty easy to tell the crews that are not going to last long just by the way they act around the dock. Conversely, the same goes for the crews that have been on their jobs for a long time.
Just look at their work ethic and the way they conduct themselves. You can see why their jobs last for many years. I also fully understand that regardless of how one acts, there are a few owners out there that can be irrational – but we won’t even go there!
So pay attention to the crews who have been working for the same owner for numbers of years. You’ll see why they keep a job.
– That’s my two-minute warning.
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