When I signed on as a deckhand for a so-called party yacht, I knew I was entering uncharted territory.
I had worked in plenty of bars and clubs over the years but this was unique.
The owner and captain rented out his boat for day long party cruises for small gatherings. The boat provided food, unlimited drinks, great views, and the party-goers didn’t have to worry about anything at all. As a deckhand I was a jack of all trades, who did whatever needed doing whenever it needed to be done. This involved tending bar, piloting the boat, or working on an air conditioner if it stopped working in one of the cabins. Before this job I barely knew a thing about air conditioners, nonetheless how to repair one, thankfully I am a quick study. The ship was big enough for three cabins, and each of them had their own small HVAC unit near the porthole. To be honest they were not the best air conditioners out there, but they were built for longevity and to use a minimum of power. That said, I would have to take the front plate off an A/C unit maybe once or twice a month. Usually it was just as easy as sautering a fuze, or cleaning out a clogged up air filter, but sometimes I had to get creative. I tell you what, dealing with a drunk woman who desperately wants out of the 100 degree sunshine and into an air conditioned cabin is not much fun if you can’t give her what she wants.