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post #2 of Old 02-28-2001
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Tossing the 9to5 for a life on the water.Ideas/exeperiences?

Well... I might suggest you join the Navy. Are you under 30?

Lots of adventure, travel, great people and rewarding work. Pays better than most jobs on the water. Aboard ship (if you are an O) you get your meals made for you, your cabin cleaned, clothes washed and some really great coffee (if you like it really strong). The big benefit is that you can go to sea for months at a time and never have to deal with girlfriends/wives/etc.

:O)))))) (a little tongue in cheek, but still a good suggestion)

But if you are over 30...


Boat captain - does not pay well
Boat delivery - really does not pay well
Diving/salvage - lots of people doing this

Best bets:

Charter a large sport fisher in FLA - you will need to invest at least a couple hundred grand in a good boat

Work a charter fleet somewhere- tons of people wanting to do this so...

Start your own charter fleet with a few older but nice looking sailboats - you will need to find a niche marker area that is not saturated.

Use your skills as a carpinter etc to do boat refinishing - this may be your best bet - lots of jobs and relatively well paying. Most yacht yards charge about $65/hr for labor, you get some % of that or a salary. You can also do this freelance and work anywhere.

Hope this helps.
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