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What would you do (retirement question)?

What if one of you were going to retire and could accept an entry level marine industry related job?

It would be an entirely new career path. You don't need the dough, but won't work for free. You have excellent basic mechanical, electrical skills, good physical condition and a professional work ethic/attitude.

The idea would be to generate a supplemental retirement income, spend your time on and/or around the water, meet the people who also enjoy spending their time on the water, be useful, enhance my own marine skills,etc.

Have any "sailnet'ers" wondered about this? What path would you follow?

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I wonder and sometimes think I took the wrong path in life. My dream, as I reach retirement would be working part time for a wooden boat builder. or least in the woodworking end of boat building.
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A very personal choice - one that I made 6 years ago when I retired and after one year, started working part-time at a local marine facility. I soon realized why I retired - to not work! Despite liking my new job, I quickly found retirement afforded more time to do what I really wanted rather than what my job required. My schedule was my own and my time was unencumbered.

That was 5 years ago and every day still feels like the first day of a vacation and I still get to play boat stuff whenever I want but on my own terms.

It all depends on economics which is a very individual thing.
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I'd take the entry level job. I love always having somethnig to do and don't think I am suited to full on retirement. I think it absolutely hinges on your personality- do you like having something to do or are you happiest just kicking back?
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I am retired. Worked over 30 years and also enjoyed sailing for 30 years. After leaving professional life, I started my own business. Now I am working as a consultant in the yachting sector. It is a good idea to work professionally in the field of your hobby.
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Personally I do something with training, probably with kids, maybe with a sail training association ship...
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I retired early, knowing I'd have to work at some point. While I'd prefer something boat related, I took a job at Wal-mart because it was available. Can't wait to re-retire!
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I did take job at marina and loved it, but after business tanked last season was laid off and not rehired. I've had an impossible task finding something related to marine business so am in a bit of a quandry.
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I would take the job. The only thing that I would add is that I would want it to be a job with flexible hours/days.
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I'd jump on it in a heartbeat. Not so much for the extra money, but for the experience. Always enjoy learning new things. But I don't think I'll ever get to retire.
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