The best thing about going to sea is…

This week as you know I have been working on a book about what it is like to be a modern mariner.

It inspired me to ask a few groups on facebook about, both what are the best and the worst things about going to sea.

Overall the feedback I got was that the best thing about going to sea is vacation time and the money – but the worst part was leaving family and friends behind, being lonely.

I can say that I completely agree with both of those sentiments.

I have also decided that Mondays will be #MaritimeMondays from now on – so I will pose a question every Monday here, on twitter, and on facebook. I hope you take the time to get involved in the discussion. I want to hear your side.


This week is two questions: What in your opinion is the best part of going to sea, and what is the worst?


All the best,



Article by Jaquie

CEO of Coeval, Inc. and a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2008 with a degree in Maritime Operations and Technology. Currently USCG Approved Instructor. She has worked primarily on Liquefied Natural Gas Vessels completing, conventional loads and discharges, Ship to Ship transfers, commissionings, and Regasification through APL Systems and HP Manifolds. She has also worked aboard, Pure-Car Carriers, Product Tankers, General Cargo, and Bulk Grain Vessels. She currently holds an Unlimited Chief Mates Licence issued by the United States Coast Guard. With the following endorsements: Certified Person in Charge (PIC) for the transfer of Dangerous Liquids and Liquified Gas, Certified Person in Charge of Medical Care aboard ship, Lifeboatman-Fast Rescue Boats, GMDSS, Vessel Security Officer, Crowd Control and Crisis Management, Qualified Member of the Engineering Department and Jr. Engineer.