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Old 12-09-2011
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thanks for all the replies. I guess for many of you, you are probably well off and cant imagine anyone living like this; unfortunately for me, im not too well off, and if i can switch to a boat, even if its just to meek out small chump change, as long as its enough to maintain the boat, pay for my needs, then thats all i need for the time being, until i can save up a bit more and get a bigger boat. Some of us don't have big dreams you know, just what is withing grasp
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There was a time in my life when my $10000 sailboat was my only asset though I happily admit that is no longer the case. By all means go for inexpensive, by all means live on her and by all means sail the life out of her but please don't go crossing oceans until you make damn sure she is ready for it in the important areas like hull, rig and steering gear. Reality is thats about all you need, wants are another thing altogether.
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It may be different else where but in Canada it is simply illegal to sell sea food of any kind without a commercial license.Sports license doesn't do it either.DOF takes the boat, the gear, the car, big fines, but the worst is you'd be hard pressed to show your face on the dock after the court case. Living on a small sailboat and digging your personal limit of clams is as good as it gets until you get a job on a salmon farm or grow op. There is lots of work out there if you are any good and the cost of living is manageable. I grew up fishing and logging and still sailing.
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If he sold the 25' sailboat and bought a 25-35' fishing boat how much would the fuel be?

6 kt in a 30' boat would be like 1/2 gallon of diesel per hour in a sailboat with a small engine. I guess it's not too bad. 1 gallon per hour by the end of the work day would be like $32. In our western culture that may not sound like a lot but I still think it is. Better off sailing.
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business- it's not that some of us haven't been poor or in similar circumstances to you (been there, done that), it's that you don't seem to have done any research and you don't want to hear what people are telling you. You make it sound like it should be easy to make $1-200/day doing some kind of fishing from your 25' sailboat. In fact it's not. Do you have any experience fishing at all? It's not as easy as just throwing a hook over the side and hauling in fish. There are seasons, licenses (see link I provided in your other thread for info.), quotas, etc. You may find this hard to believe but a LOT of commercial fishermen with lot's of experience would love to figure out a way to reliably make a couple of hundred bucks a day with practically no investment in a boat or gear or permits. Go talk to some fishermen, hang out at the local coffee shop on the docks, that's where you are going to find out if your dream is realistic or not. I really do hope you can make it work.
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Depending upon where you reside/fish, most of the time an individual cannot sell his or her catch without first obtaining a commercial fishing license. And, because the world's fisheries are all in dire straits, most jurisdictions are NOT issuing new licenses to anyone. In some areas old licenses are being bought out by individual states, or no longer being renewed.

If you do manage to obtain a new license, it is usually very restrictive, allowing you to catch and sell small quantities of certain species. And, that license isn't cheap--some costing thousands of dollars per year/season.

It sounds as if the OP has very little or no experience when it comes to fishing and looks at commercial fishing as a viable way to support his or her sailing habit(s). Realistically, it would take years of successful commercial fishing just to pay the initial cost of fishing gear, insurance, licensing and retrofitting the boat to hold and retain the catch. The OP would probably be better off setting the money on fire--at least this would put out some heat.

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Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
You surprise me.
I was just responding to the "you can't do it from a sailboat" tone. There are lots of other factors. Licenses are mostly independent of boat (although some places make fishing from sail easier and/or cheaper, including Chesapeake Bay). Chilling is important, manning, storage, displacement (for big pelagics), and more. But sail is just as viable as power.
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