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I play it by ear. If it's a German couple with fancy gear I'll say I need at least 100 bucks for each day we are out, or 50 buck's a person per day. They Usually spend 50 bucks per person a day in town so it work's out the same for them. I've brought people for more and I've brought people for less. When I did it in Isa Mujeres I would do it for less out of the youth hostile. You just figure out what peoples daily budget is and add a little to it. Keep In mind my cruising cost's a very low. I anchor out for free, I eat a simple diet, I drink cheap rum, My systems are minimal and my maintainance cost's are nill. I'm a bare bones cruiser to the max and alway's have been. I enjoy the freedom that comes from not having a bunch of crap. Some people have camping gear and just want a ride out to some outer islands. some people want a sea going adventure/ sailing lesson. I took a couple of french chick's from Belize City, all the way to the Bay Island's for $500 buck's back in the early 90's. So many times one trip led to another through word of mouth. You have to learn where to hang out, and when to talk about your boat and how cool the Island you were just at is, and let them beg you to take them out. And say your not legally allowed to run charters, and let them suggest doi'n it any way. And reluctantly agree, as long as they don't tell anyone your charg'n, and you would do it for free if you could afford it. I've been doing it since 1990 all over the Western Caribbean.
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I'd say your best bet to make the best income is to get USCG certified as at least a 50 ton Master. Then you can do deliveries on other people's boats, run a legitimate charter of your own, or pilot someone else's legitimate charter operation. You can still learn everything about diesel repair, refrigeration, and sailmaking and you will sound more authorative with the captain's liscence, whether you persue individual certification in the other three or not.
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Refrigeration will require you to get multiple licenses (new one in each country if you're cruising) AND to keep multiple sets of tools and gas bottles. Each gas or mix requires separate pressure gauge sets, separate recovery equipment, etc. Unless you do it all illegally and sloppily you're gonna need a bigger boat.

One down, two to go. No reason that you can't buy all the diesel tools and a sewing machine at the same time.
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.......I am assuming that I would be a liveaboard in a marina. I know marina's have their own boatyards, but lots of people hire their own contractors to get better results (or just lower costs).
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Refrigeration will require you to get multiple licenses (new one in each country if you're cruising) AND to keep multiple sets of tools and gas bottles. Each gas or mix requires separate pressure gauge sets, separate recovery equipment, etc. Unless you do it all illegally and sloppily you're gonna need a bigger boat.

One down, two to go. No reason that you can't buy all the diesel tools and a sewing machine at the same time.
The OP is planning to work out of a marina, so tools could be stored in a van ashore. However, there are many other impediments to this plan working.
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