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Re: Making a living as a liveaboard

How to make a small fortune cruising?






-start with a large fortune.


*most countries require work permits.
and fishing in the Bahamas AND SELLING will likely land you in jail. + spear guns are not allowed. (slings or pole spears). natives can use tanks, but not tourists.

however, if you have an in demand skill set (IT Networking /medical /education) those can get permits. assuming locals don't have the skills.
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Re: Making a living as a liveaboard

Well, I've earned the majority of money from my IT / consulting work.

But.... when I've arrived in a new port without any IT contracts, I have done various jobs to keep from starving, i.e., security guard, yacht maintenance / cleaning & waxing, marina worker / handiman, and then there is the basis of our Corporation: Triumph Ventures, Inc., Triumph Charters -- Sail with Us! Chartering! We have used Craigslist to advertise as soon as we get a slip, and that has provided a fairly good stream of customers.

Of course, if your boat is paid off and you don't have any (or large) credit card debt, no car payments, and have a water maker and solar panels, you can drop the hook and pray for good luck at fishing, and not worry about money!
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Of the longer term plans, there are owning rental / investment properties and having someone you trust manage them.

And buying bonds which provide a steady (tax free?) dividend. But, to live from any interest bearing bond these days, you have to start with a HUGE principle amount.
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As we were researching the various European rules for us, (Americans), we found that in the vast majority we would be basically welcomed everywhere.

Americans are on a short list of those citizens generally immune to immigration "quotas".

If we had made it to Greece, we would have had to leave every 6 months, get "stamped", then we could return.
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So how would I earn money?
I think I would do the 6 months at home, 6 months cruising. No matter how poor you think your economy, it's vastly better than some island in the middle of nowhere, and in your country the dollars are real and substantial....

Mark
X10..... This is what I am thinking. Why complete the local market for jobs which only pay pennies. Unlike Mark, it is difficult for me to do 6 months on and 6 months off. But really easy to fly home to work a few days to a week for any consultant work.

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My plan? Gigolo. If that doesn't work out, anyone need a logic hardware designer? Done ASIC, FPGA and discrete logic for pretty near 40 years. Can do electrical repair and electronic installation. Also can make lots of sawdust in your boat. And if that doesn't work out live off our savings.
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Don't you have to be a local in many countries?
No. Go do a dive in Roatan with any out fit, your dive master will be from Canada or Europe or the States, there will be a local dude driving the boat.
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coastal sailor here... I feel like during my entire career i have been acquiring skills i need to survive off the grid. I have tended bar for 10+ years. I have an automotive education and spent 6 years working in a shop. Lastly i have spent the last 8 years working as a certified it professional with formal college training. I also just received my diving cert. One more thing on this old preppers bucket list before i set sail will be formal paramedic training. I find the dream motivational. I feel like the more knowledge i have the longer i can survive living the dream. All those things i mentioned i believe can save me money and make me money with. How old am i? Without looking at the profile.
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Re: Making a living as a liveaboard

I am planning on this myself once I get a boat big enough to liveaboard. I already work "on demand" as a stagehand here in Atlantic City. In talking to my bosses, I would not lose my position on the call list as long as they know ahead of time I will not be availible.

This would allow me to spend spring, summer, and part of fall in NJ and head south for the winter.
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