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post #3 of Old 01-24-2012
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Location: New Mexico, USA (Heron, Elephant Butte lakes); Arizona (Lake Pleasant)
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A few people make a living as professional sailors, but they are a tiny minority. More people manage to stay close to the sport by making their livings as boat brokers, delivery and charter captains, sail makers, boat riggers, surveyors, sailing instructors, chandlery employees, water taxi operators, diesel mechanics, dockmasters and marina employees, commercial divers, fishing guides, tow/salvage boat operators, etc. -- sometimes having several part-time jobs in these areas. Some of these jobs require a US Coast Guard license (or foreign equivalent in other countries), which in turn requires passing tests, filling out lots of paperwork, and having the required sea time.
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