Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Gloucester, Mass. USA
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Working in the Caribbean: diesel repair
I was told a while ago, that down in the USVI and surrounding areas, the locals don''t want to put in an honest 40 and most visitors just want to be tourists! This left a real big labor deficit down there! This came from some cruising friends who were working at one of the big hotels there. One as a bartender and his wife worked cleaning the rooms. The owners loved them and gave them everything! Room, meals, vehicle, etc. along with a great paycheck!
I''m a mechanic as well, but I don''t specialize in just engines. “Quietly scaring up jobs” isn’t going to require any licenses or permits. It means being able to do what will pay, from electronics, plumbing, carpentry, sewing, whatever! And don’t just look in the anchorage, but all over the waterfront!
I can relate two stories of cruising “down-east”. The CG pulled in a small cruiser from the dead fog this one night. Their loran had failed and they were completely lost! In the morning I rowed over to say Hi and they told me the story. I offered to help and found a bad crimp-connection on the ground wire at the back of their unit, which I quickly fixed. They were so ecstatic that they gave me $50 for my 5 minuets of work!
Another time there was a barge offloading lumber onto one of the islands up there and the operators were looking rather apprehensive and quizzically looking down the engine room hatch. I rowed over and was asked if I knew anything about diesel engines. I jumped aboard and went below for a look. I found a loose battery connection, cleaned it up and got them going before the tide turned. $100 bucks, thanks!
By the way, both of those jobs were handled with nothing more then a leatherman tool! I think you could make a fairly good living that way and still keep cruising. Dedicating yourself to a specialty would require you to have a garage, tools, engine stands, hoists, machines, etc. Perhaps, if you had 100 feet of boat, you could section off a good 2/3s of it for the purpose…
By the way, those people never asked to see my certifications!