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I think this sums up cruising economics in general.

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Overall, I would hope you would believe that you will survive / succeed at least as well while living on a boat, as you have while living on land...
Doug,

Thanks for the input, I am definitely not one to stray from other work when it's available and often really enjoy stepping out of the IT thing for a while to learn something else new, inevitibly for the last 20yrs I have come back to it, usually when the right combination of need/opportunity arise. As while it takes its toll on the body and mind often, it does pay well and thats often needed. Looking forward to diversifying even more and adding to my belt of skill-set's.

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Good idea but you can't do it alone !!
You need several people and then is the question where ?
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Re: Making a living as a liveaboard

I just went to the Los Angeles Ruby Conference last week, and it was interesting to see that LOTS of companies are now "office free" where everyone works from wherever they happen to be. Many, perhaps most, worked from diverse and mobile locations.

Skype works better -- much better -- than cell phones. Its easy to find WiFi hot spots even in the apparently most primitive islands. Ditch the cell iPhone for an iPad Touch.

I have found that by looking around a bit, its easy to find the WiFi, and then to arrange phone calls or even video calls if the bandwidth is stable and fast enough (usually the case).

Using Git, and pushing and pulling when at WiFi, is a professional way to get things done.
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Using Git, and pushing and pulling when at WiFi, is a professional way to get things done.
You must be a developer? I have a tester who worked for me from his sailboat in Marina Del Rey. As a test manager that was the same as someone working overseas, in the sense there was a VPN and a need to have a local data store for him to execute scripts against.

I know I can play up time zone difference - nothing beats having a Caribbean time zone when you are testing builds for a company on the west coast :-) I routinely aimed for remote testers that had a good half day on a build before my team showed up for work. They vetted the build and found the obvious defects before my senior testers deep tested.

I wonder how it would be to pair a tester with a developer that way, say if both used their respective skill sets to bid on contract jobs and paired up for the contract?
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You must be a developer? I have a tester who worked for me from his sailboat in Marina Del Rey. As a test manager that was the same as someone working overseas, in the sense there was a VPN and a need to have a local data store for him to execute scripts against.
DevOPS here so code as infrastructure is the name of the game... We still maintain our own DC so I for the moment have to be within a reasonable response time for escalated sites issues, but the DC is in SF so anywhere nearby can be within a reasonable amount of time..

Trying to make the break to full time remote, but kinda like it where I am so waiting it out and staying local for the moment.

I like the idea of a remote team sudo complete with all the needed skill-sets to bid on jobs as a team, been slowly working on growing my contact list of people with a proven track record in there roles while working remote. And have been able to bring several of them on for either placement or gigs needing specific skills. Again keeping an eye to the future, and whatever possibilities arise.
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I'm surprised that through all of this thread no one has suggested becoming a marine surveyor.

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I'm surprised that through all of this thread no one has suggested becoming a marine surveyor.
Or a hooker.



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Or a hooker.


I tried that .... no takers
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I like the idea of a remote team sudo complete with all the needed skill-sets to bid on jobs as a team, been slowly working on growing my contact list of people with a proven track record in there roles while working remote. And have been able to bring several of them on for either placement or gigs needing specific skills. Again keeping an eye to the future, and whatever possibilities arise.
I've got a good solid contact with a test contract/placement firm that I've used for over a decade of contract and direct-hire testers. They are aware of my plans to cut the lines in a few years and that I'll be looking for work when the weather turns mean and nasty. They're in mountain time so I'm hoping an east coastish time zone makes me a little more attractive for contract jobs. Nothing like a tester hitting builds four hours before the programmers roll out of bed.
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