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12-11-2013 10:00 PM
MikeGuyver
Re: Please help me... re: live aboard

waste of time,this post is 10 years old and the guy hasn't been active since jan 06,probly moved back to iowa and is raising cockerdoodles......
12-11-2013 09:09 PM
Harborless
Re: Please help me... re: live aboard

Quote:
Originally Posted by KainX View Post
Thank you very much. What about living on my boat and travelling to islands and working as a bartender for a week? or going to a dock and doing some labour thats very short term? are these jobs likely to be there, or is that kind work scarce?

also, would we ever be able to get a paid position on someones (large) ship? doing general labour. catering to them and such? obviously we wouldn''t expect much. but as long as we could eventually earn enough for our own cruiser?
(I don''t remember if I posted it, but we do not have a boat, and we have no sailing exp.)
thanks again
Jared
From an often poor single-handed full-time liveaboard I can tell you that you have very little hope of your current dreams without education in technical or academic fields. Bartending will get you nowhere especially with the often harsh labor laws regarding foreigners.

I would recommend you buy a starter boat 26-32 feet and learn how to sail and navigate. While you are doing this I would STRONGLY recommend you eat out a bit less or cut your own hair or w.e. you can do to find the funds to get some kind of schooling. If your not into 4 year stuff do a 12-18 mnth course in electronics, diesel engine mechanics, refrigeration or AC- SOMETHING.
Then you need to go. You wont find the opportunities you are seeking at the dock or on sailnet. If you just go and show up in bora bora or bougainville and have a real skill then you will find opportunity. Is it risky? Sure is. If you want to do it- do it.
12-11-2013 07:22 PM
Cruiser2B
Re: Please help me... re: live aboard

Seeing how this thread is 10yrs old, I wonder if the OP moved aboard and lived on the ocean? Many liveaboards at our Marina are not on the internet or sailing forums. Makes me wonder if they ever did it.
12-11-2013 02:49 PM
Kesmg
Re: Please help me... re: live aboard

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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
Welcome, Katrina

Are you a massage therapist and you want to offer your services? or are you looking for one, sorry, it's not real clear. In many liveaboard/cruising/sailing communities these kinds of skills are bartered, but it will depend on where you are and what you actually want to do.

As to 'non boaters paying for a trip'.. you have to be very careful here, esp in the litigious environment these days. You're essentially setting yourself up in the charter business.. there are local business licence issues, liability issues (huge), your own insurance needs to allow it. It's a nice thought but trying to do this on a casual 'don't ask don't tell' basis could really backfire.
We would be willing to pay for massages. We would not be interested in charters, but would like to explore other options, ideas, - crew, etc.
12-11-2013 02:39 PM
billyruffn
Re: Please help me... re: live aboard

Quote:
Originally Posted by KainX View Post
My GF and I want to live on the ocean. I have made a few other posts with other questions, but here is one of my biggies...

Work;

I am by trade a bartender and my GF is a waitress, I am physically fit and handle labour. If we do go live on a boat how can we make money? we are still young and we don''t have a fortune tucked away in our bank account.
What are some of the ways people can make money when living on a boat? can we make enough to live for a year? or even the rest of our lives?

thank you for your time,

Jared/Stephanie
As previously mentioned making money while moving about living on a boat is hard. Making money while living on a boat moored somewhere for a longer period of time is easier. In my travels I've met many cruisers who have "settled in" somewhere for a period of time, working ashore and living on their boat. For example: you'll find many people living on their boats anchored in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI. They commute to work by dinghy and public transport.

Resort areas like the USVI are places that need bartenders and wait staff seasonally. As it's US territory you don't have work permit issues that you might in other places.

One word of advice: check the place out for work opportunities and safe anchorage, etc. before you buy the boat; then make sure the boat you buy will get you to where you can find work.

Good luck.
12-11-2013 12:24 PM
Faster
Re: Please help me... re: live aboard

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kesmg View Post
Following this thread.
My husband is a computer guy, so he has a full time work from boat job. We are new to sailing/living aboard and wonder about many things, this included.

Is there a market for massage therapists in the boating community? We would be interested in soliciting this service, for example.

We also wonder about non boaters paying for a trip on the boat. Thoughts?

Thanks,
Katrina
Welcome, Katrina

Are you a massage therapist and you want to offer your services? or are you looking for one, sorry, it's not real clear. In many liveaboard/cruising/sailing communities these kinds of skills are bartered, but it will depend on where you are and what you actually want to do.

As to 'non boaters paying for a trip'.. you have to be very careful here, esp in the litigious environment these days. You're essentially setting yourself up in the charter business.. there are local business licence issues, liability issues (huge), your own insurance needs to allow it. It's a nice thought but trying to do this on a casual 'don't ask don't tell' basis could really backfire.
12-11-2013 12:11 PM
Kesmg
Re: Please help me... re: live aboard

Following this thread.
My husband is a computer guy, so he has a full time work from boat job. We are new to sailing/living aboard and wonder about many things, this included.

Is there a market for massage therapists in the boating community? We would be interested in soliciting this service, for example.

We also wonder about non boaters paying for a trip on the boat. Thoughts?

Thanks,
Katrina
08-20-2003 12:51 PM
mdougan
Please help me... re: live aboard

Lots of good points being made here, but here''s a thought... if the objective is to get out of the house and see some of the world, and you think you might want to do it by water, then post your names on every Crew bulletin board you can find, accept any decent offers that will let you and your girlfriend sail together. Do the first couple for "free" getting only food and a bunk during the voyage. You don''t need to know that much to stand a watch (and you''ll learn enough, quickly enough) and/or to cook, clean and maintain the boat.

Your biggest problem will be what to do once you''re at your destination. Hopefully you can hook up another crew position and move on somewhere else.

After a few of these trips, you might be able to sign on as paid crew. Either way, you''ll have more experience and knowledge and you''ll know if this is what you want to do. You''ll also know more about boats and what kind you might want to own.

You''re trying to make a big decision, well, good for you, but don''t try to figure out everything at once... take baby steps.

Save enough money for a couple of plane tickets back from Florida, then hook up on someone''s trip from the North East down to FL and fly back when it''s done. You''ll know a heck of a lot more after that

Good Luck!
08-19-2003 09:03 PM
jbanta
Please help me... re: live aboard

Any sailing done in the PNW sounds wonderful to me... That is where my plans will be taking me but I won''t be working when I go.
08-19-2003 08:24 PM
Magic_Moments
Please help me... re: live aboard

Most people I have read about or talked to that have cruised in the Carribean on limited budgets almost never stay at marina''s. They just cost to much. Anchor out for free and use the dinghy to get back and forth.

On a completely other note. I believe Bartenders and waitresses are in demand in a place like Victoria B.C. or Vancouver B.C. Both are great cities and both have great boating communities and many people live on their boats here all year. I am on my boat right now typing this. It is not a tropical paradise, but you can sail in Howe sound and its islands right outside Vancouver or cross the Strait of Georgia (about 25 miles) to the Gulf islands and never even leave Canada.
You could live on a boat and work and learn sailing and then go to the Carribean. Check it out!

Ken
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