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my wife and i are retiring to a sailboat in a few years and plan to sail the east coast from virginia to the keys and back every so often. my wife is a nurse and i have a small motorcycle repair business with most of my background in electronics and low and high voltage electrical work. i would like to be able to market my mechanical/electrical skills to others that live aboard or are in the area as we travel. does anyone have any suggestions on how to go about getting the word out along our travels?
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You can always put a sign on your boat. Print cards and hand them out to anyone you meet.
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I would think that those skills would translate nicely to outboard motor and onboard electronics repair. Good stuff for cruisers.
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If you get to Marathon/Boot Key I believe you can use the morning radio net for an announcement. Not sure if other anchorages have a similar net. Dan S/V Marian Claire
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Be careful about advertising or working in one place too long. If you step on the toes of local businesses you might find the authorities knocking on your hull wanting to see your business license, perhaps insurance, etc.
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Be careful about advertising or working in one place too long. If you step on the toes of local businesses you might find the authorities knocking on your hull wanting to see your business license, perhaps insurance, etc.
yea i dont want to step on local toes
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Boat cards are an excellent way to keep in touch with people.
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Boat cards are an excellent way to keep in touch with people.
not sure what boat card is, can you elaborate
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A boat card is basically a business card for someone on a boat. It has the name of the boat, the owner's name, the home port and often a photo or line drawing of the boat. It may also have an e-mail address, an MMSI, a call sign, a website or a phone number.

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the boat card is an awesome idea, thanks for the advice!
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