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Lightbulb Income while crusing?

I am looking for people who have a source of income while crusing. Not really looking for info about retirement based income, just supplimental income ideas.

I would like to hear some of your success stories.

What do you do for income?
What are "in-demand" skills that are a source of income while cruising?
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Learn to weld stainless and aluminum.
Post a sighn on the stern that says welding.

Forget about income.Just "CHARGE: what they can afford..
You will work for Rooster Bullits...And enjoy it....

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Scuba bottom cleaning and check out the running gear mayb even underwater welder. Rigger? think of things you have needed that isnt that common so you can charge a good bit for a small problem thats hard to get to.

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So much of it depends on where you want to cruise and how much income you need. Do your homework about outsiders working without a VISA and also insurance. There are some places that will not tolerate that. You don't want to lose your boat for a few extra dollars.

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I use my computer to generate surveying & engineering calcs & data....have income anywhere I have internet comm.
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Also, anyone handy with engines and other mechanical stuff, and/or good with electronics and software will likely find it possible to earn/barter along the way.

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Interest income? Even a little bit of investment income would be a good thing to have. Of course there's 2 problems with that, making the money to invest and knowing where to put it (especially these days).
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TIG and MIG welders don't travel well on small sailboat... either do the supplies necessary to run them.
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Post a sighn on the stern that says welding.

Forget about income.Just "CHARGE: what they can afford..
You will work for Rooster Bullits...And enjoy it....

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If there is good, easy money to be had, a lot of people would be doing it. And if there is a lot of money, the local gov't will be looking for you for working without a permit.

So you will need a task that few people can do and that can easily fly under the radar.
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Also, it should require a minimal amount of equipment and materials. Welding is fine if you have a shop, but not so good if you're based on a boat. Diesel engine repair might be a good choice, since you'd probably be carrying most of the tools required anyways, and they're not going to take up a lot of extra space as a result. However, materials and repair parts are a problem for a traveling diesel maintenance person.

Writing is an excellent profession for a cruising sailor... but requires skills that most do not have, and is a hard way to make a living for most.

A lot of the IT professions can be done with relatively minimal equipment...since many would require just a laptop and a decent internet connection. This works when you're in ports with decent internet access, but isn't as viable if you're anchored out or on passage.
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If there is good, easy money to be had, a lot of people would be doing it. And if there is a lot of money, the local gov't will be looking for you for working without a permit.

So you will need a task that few people can do and that can easily fly under the radar.

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