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nauticalnut 09-02-2007 07:09 AM

Feeding the cruising kitty

I am wondering what some people do to feed the cruising kitty while out there? What are the marketable skills that are in demand out there whilst cruising?

I have 20+yrs in I.T., with extensive exp. in Unix servers, Personal computers and laptops, as well as printers, networking, and Cellular technology (Currently a Sr. Systems Engineer for a major Cellular Co.). I use to be a HP Field Engineer - Technician and can repair the above systems as well as administer them. Is there a market in the caribbean for such a skill set?

Where\how do you find the part\full time jobs in the carib while cruising?

My wife and I are working towards becoming full time liveaboards and caribbean cruisers; although we are going about it somewhat backwards... We bought the dinghy first and are starting to look for the boat. We already have the living in confined spaces down pat after living in a 13x26 foot efficency motel room with 2 cats for a year when we first moved to Florida.
Now we just need to figgure out the boat issue and how to feed the "kitty" while sailing.

Freesail99 09-02-2007 08:13 AM

If your cruising the Caribbean, I don't think you can realistically feed the "kitty". You can do some barter and make a few bucks here and there from other cruisers, but really that's about it. But it is not something you can rely on week after week or month after month.
Good Luck

mmcginnis 09-02-2007 08:33 AM

This guy talks about things he and others did to make a little extra money. Plus a lot of other general info.


Freesail99 09-02-2007 08:56 AM


Originally Posted by mmcginnis (Post 187407)
This guy talks about things he and others did to make a little extra money. Plus a lot of other general info.


A very good web site about a guy out there cruising. Little or nothing about feeding the kitty.

sailingdog 09-02-2007 09:13 AM

The problem is that to do much of the kind of work you are qualified for, you will need to have a work permit...if you get caught doing work without one, you'll probably end up paying a lot more than you made... Unless you have contacts in the islands, getting a work permit will be problematic.

sharkbait 09-02-2007 04:00 PM


tomaz_423 09-02-2007 04:18 PM


Originally Posted by sharkbait (Post 187490)
Sail was invented to ease the transport of people and goods.Perhaps you can find something to transport.

I heard there some very profitable goods you could transport even in a small sailboat from S America to US.
The pay is very good while it last and you will have no problems with retirement plan.
Depending where you get caught you can get anything from 15 years to lifetime or loose your life.

sharkbait 09-02-2007 05:46 PM


GREGGWARREN 09-03-2007 09:32 PM

I will not feed the kitty.
basickly sayin do not take a cat with you unless u use it for bait.

DJEVANS 09-03-2007 09:42 PM


Originally Posted by GREGGWARREN (Post 187880)
basickly sayin do not take a cat with you unless u use it for bait.

Gregg, I think you misunderstood? Cruising kitty refers to funds for sailing, living expenses, etc...or did I miss your sarcasm?

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