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03-20-2012 04:20 PM
dieselboy
Re: cruising income

This is a topic i have looked at long and hard. As for long distance sailing i have not done but i have made $ or traded my services " i am a heavy Diesel mech" on land in places i have been just traveling. Even extending my stay for weeks at resorts because there is a world wide shortage of good Diesel techs. That said. i would never bank on the fact i could find work while out of the country. Even with my skill level and experience.
Beans and rice it is and what you can make use a bonus time.
01-25-2012 07:51 PM
RobGallagher
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Originally Posted by mikieg View Post
ok, lets narrow this down considerably. does anyone here have any real world experience on this? tired of hearing speculation and "my grand paw said". lets hear from those that have actually worked abroad or have been jailed or deported or "blacklisted" (what ever that is).
I spend about 6 weeks (coldest weeks here in New England) a year in Asia/S.E. Asia, but, I can't work because it's against the law. I know people who work in that area, both with a work visa and without. Pay sucks without and you risk deportation and time in jail while you await deportation.

Blacklisted means that you cannot return to a country. Working without a permit could get you blacklisted. Some countries will blacklist you if you are found overstaying your visa. The USA may bar reentry for up to 10 years for overstaying a visa (technically not a blacklist but that's a long time).
01-25-2012 07:43 PM
aeventyr60
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Originally Posted by mikieg View Post
ok, lets narrow this down considerably. does anyone here have any real world experience on this? tired of hearing speculation and "my grand paw said". lets hear from those that have actually worked abroad or have been jailed or deported or "blacklisted" (what ever that is).
Yes, several times, in different countries and professionally in a suit and tie, other times as a means to survive. Some times with the blessings of the locals and sometimes not.
Being low key about what your doing helps a lot. Actually it's nobody else's business how or where I make a living.

I have been an immigrant as well. Let me tell you, the sort of discrimination that goes on in the USA is alive and well in other places. You don't get to start at the top out here either, Even if you have an education, skills, work experience and money.

The one thing I have seen and experienced, no matter where I've been, is that if you WANT TO work and make your crust you can. Never, ever a shortage for those willing to work.

Never been deported, hassled, blacklisted or prevented from coming and going. Just how you play the game.
01-25-2012 04:54 PM
Brent Swain It used to be easy for any British subject ( Canadian) to work in New Zealand. I did , but the wages were abysmal.
01-25-2012 03:47 PM
mikieg ok, lets narrow this down considerably. does anyone here have any real world experience on this? tired of hearing speculation and "my grand paw said". lets hear from those that have actually worked abroad or have been jailed or deported or "blacklisted" (what ever that is).
01-25-2012 03:17 PM
RobGallagher
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Originally Posted by aeventyr60 View Post
All I was trying to say, is that I think it would be rude to cruise into a foreign port, and try to undercut the local, legitimate businesses by working "under the table", and without a work visa.


Many times the locals lack the skills, tools, parts, motivation and knowledge to get a job done..so in steps a more qualified person, visa or not, kinda of what's happening in the us of a. Rude? No. Just life on the edge. A bit of real life Darwinism.
And in many countries working without a valid work permit/visa can land you in jail, deported or even blacklisted.

Travel to many countries with favorable US$ to local currency exchange rates and low costs of living and you will find US/UK/EURO/AUSSIE types walking around drunk, barefoot and half crazed. They lived the dream for too long. Now they are too poor to stay, too poor to leave.
01-25-2012 02:46 PM
mikieg aeventyr60 seems to be speaking from real world boots on the ground experience.

sorry to burst your bubble, bubble head.
01-25-2012 10:54 AM
aeventyr60 All I was trying to say, is that I think it would be rude to cruise into a foreign port, and try to undercut the local, legitimate businesses by working "under the table", and without a work visa.


Many times the locals lack the skills, tools, parts, motivation and knowledge to get a job done..so in steps a more qualified person, visa or not, kinda of what's happening in the us of a. Rude? No. Just life on the edge. A bit of real life Darwinism.
01-25-2012 10:35 AM
BubbleheadMd
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Originally Posted by mikieg View Post
we will have to let these other sailors know that bubblehead does not approve. i am sure they will consult him for his blessing next time!

travelineasy, so this person that said "that article writers make next to nothing on their work", is talking about a field that he obviously knows nothing of?
Uh Mik, I was only answering Jackdale's question. It's merely my opinion and it's worth what you paid for it. No need for the snark.

All I was trying to say, is that I think it would be rude to cruise into a foreign port, and try to undercut the local, legitimate businesses by working "under the table", and without a work visa.

On the other hand, cruising within your own nation's boundaries and finding work is no different than selling your house, loading up a U-haul truck and finding work in a different state or county.
01-25-2012 09:47 AM
aeventyr60
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Do you speak the local language? We only know English and some can argue we are not good at that either...lol Do you think we'll have a problem?

What resort did you have your boat at for $150/mo?

BTW We thank you for the information, do you have a blog or web site?

English widely spoken here. Our bahasa Malaysia getting better all the time. A few words of the local lingua franca works wonders anywhere.. You would be just fine. Folks here very kind, somtimes it;s better to not understand too much.

No, I won't divulge the secret spots on the internet. You gotta earn it/sail it to get the rewards.

No blog/website, best to keep this stuff close, not out to fill any bucket list, our dream, our way, our time.

Hope you can keep your dream alive..not any thing like the shop of horrors you've been reading about...

Best you get a small boat and a suitcase of money...

Cheers!
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