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Re: Making money while cruising
One plus to being a seasonal cruiser/worker and remaining within your own country is there may be some cash flow from programs like employment insurance and your health benefits. I myself just finished a year off with paid parental leave benefits (for example, paid parental leave benefits in Canada run for up to 18 months and dont require that you remain in the country). I didn't live on a boat during that time, but I easily could have. I did do a lot of travel and camping though. So in a sense, in those scenarios you are getting paid while you are cruising, even though the work was done in a period when you weren't.
Paid off duty cycles in jobs like shipping work the same. You get paid for work you did at an earlier period in time while you are cruising. In truth, day sailing on the week end works the same way, you worked during the week, so you can play on the week end. You just can't go very far on a week end. 6 weeks paid off cycle though...
If your personal definition of cruising includes a mandatory transoceanic element, many of these options become less viable, and some dont even work if your personal definition of cruising has a mandatory international element.