firstly i have to agree with everything mr mate has posted. having worked on ships for almsot 10 years. he knows what he is saying. and speak very highly of ships from what i read of his posts. by the way some one who posted the different captains positions, they missed out the "bell captain" my time on ships and i am sure mrmates were all good with the occasional off day. but other wise the majority of crew on ships love working on them. to some it almost becomes addictive.