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Another vote for making money before you leave.

Think about it like this ... you are overseas in Hardworkistan and you need to pick up some extra bucks. You have to get the required permits as needed, use your bicycle or whatever to find customers, bike it to work every day, probably get paid less than in the states, etc. At some point you might end up working just so you can work, making just enough money to maintain the boat, eat, etc, and nothing extra to make passage. Then maybe you get the idea that if you could just fly home and park yourself in one place for a few months you could work straight through and save up enough money to cruise for a year or more if you are frugal.

So, why not just skip all the hardship and get right to the part where you save up the money now while you already have a place to live, etc, and then cruise on it ? You probably already have customers, already have shelter, already know where the materials are sold, already have the required working permits, already have transportation ...
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That's a lot of responses for working in the US and cruising in intervals once the kitty is full. So below the radar work for other cruisers are the skills in demand (mechanic, rigger, etc)? What's the safety factor in regards to leaving a sailboat unattended in a foreign port for months on end?
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Leaving a boat unattended in the European Union Countries, or Wester European as we are now called is OK, and probably safer than in the US.

Go to Africa, Eastern Europe, Turkey etc. and you're on your own. Asia, seems to have safe places and a lot of really dangerous ones.

Stay in Europe and US.

South America has good and bad.
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Caribbean, Latin and South America are supposed to have some good locations, as does the Australia and New Zealand, and some of the South Pacific... but as Giu points out, Africa, with the possible exception of South Africa, Eastern Europe and most of Asia are problematic.
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Most structures in BVI and USVI are concrete and they need qualified workers... however... you can not normally get a work certificate. This work is typically held for "Belongers" unless you have some specialized skill and you have connections... an employer who will do the paper work.

Best opportunities is unofficial work and keeping a low profile. Doing work for other sailors typically is safe from too much official hassle but you would be restricted to those living in homes ashore or in concrete boats???

Good luck... I need an Outboard guy to clean a carb... think I have another sailor near by who does this for a little consideration.. barter and that type thing appears OK to the random official who may ask.

Now in Tortola BVI...
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Carpentry skills are needed in cold climates where most of the houses are made of wood. So you may find work in the Scandinavian countries and Greenland, or north of 60 degrees. In Norway we are importing labourers from east-european countries for carpentry and masonry.
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I Have A Dream Toooooo

To live on my 26' Pearson and for the world to leave me be(after retirement).

I've always been a loner, even though I've always worked with people and even though I've always liked helping people.

I'm ready to go the route of replacing my computer with nature, food with thought and companionship with contemplation. I cannot see my life's exit strategy being played out living in a house and stuck on a foundation.
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I've always been a loner . . . I cannot see my life's exit strategy being played out living in a house and stuck on a foundation.
Be sure to leave a legacy through close companionship with others - you may need them when the time comes, to ignite the fire.

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So why is it that you have to have all these permits and permission and pay fees or face prosecution in OTHER countries but everyone and his brother can come to the U.S. and work all they want AND collect benefits supposedly reserved for legal tax payers?

I'm just askin..........
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In case you missed it, "Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses longing to be free..." is clearly engraved onto the base of the Statue of Liberty.
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