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Making money while cruising

This is a question to those of you who have been out cruising for a while and have funded their travels while cruising...

How do you do it? What kind of work do you do? How do you find work? How much do you get paid? How long does that last you? Do you need permits as you go? What would be the best skills to learn to pick up jobs most frequently? Etc.. etc...

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Re: Making money while cruising

I don't think many actually do it that way. You're going to have to stay in a US state/territory or work on the internet. No way you'll work in a foreign country very easily.
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Not many countries want to give employment to rich white folks with yachts.

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Re: Making money while cruising

As above, to work in a country you are not a citizen of requires a sponsor or work permits.
Isn't that exactly what about a quarter of Americans are so worried about these days? Some undocumented migrant coming in and taking their jobs?
It's no different overseas, except you are talking about most Caribbean islands counting their populations in the low 6 digits versus America's hundreds of millions. Kinda hard to stay below the radar in those small countries.
Bring it with you, write a best seller or figure out how to make money on the internet. You've probably seen the v-logs on youtube, etc, though I'm not sure how many of those actually make enough to cruise on.

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Re: Making money while cruising

An option that I do know of is to return home for seasonal work. Stuff the kitty and return to cruising the remainder of the year. It's not a bad plan. One could leave their boat on the hard for hurricane season, for example. Although, I highly suspect many (not all) that practice this have no rainy day savings, no retirement (long term care) plan and no health insurance. They spend what they make. Recoverable if you're a kid, could be financially devastating if you come up craps in middle age.

There is a sailing vlog, Another Adventure, featuring a woman doing this. Works for a stretch, then sails for a stretch. She's somewhere between being a kid and middle aged and had a severe accident. While it was on a Caribbean island, where medical costs are much lower, it still had to be extraordinary: a chest drain tube, immobile arm, etc. She was run over by a powerboat, in her dinghy, at night. Her last vlog, which have understandably halted ever since, showed her on her boat without being able to move her arm. My first thought was that she couldn't afford to stay in the hospital. Might not be true. Still, until she gets use of her arm back, neither the cruising, nor working, are going to happen very easily.

Becoming disabled is about 7-10x more likely than dying, until you reach retirement age.
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Re: Making money while cruising

Unless you have a stash of cash or some sort of annuity which provides money for living... anywhere... you have to work. Some means may fly under the radar of local authorities with lax enforcement... such as waiting tables. Other mechanical services to the cruising boating community may work... but getting the word out is a problem. You can do engine work, refer work, electrics/electronics work, canvas work (cushions??), detailing, bottom cleaning... or miscellaneous boat labor.

And then there is work than can be done "online" as connectivity in ports at least is not hard to find these days, I presume. You can write articles, take and sell photo stories, write a book! I suppose you could also do work on board that you can do at your desk at home... CAD work, graphics... app development / computer work and that sort of thing. Things like apps I suppose can spin off regular cash flow.

What about a floating take out food service? Likely not legal but could be popular if the food is tasty and not too spendy.
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I think jobs that match time on/time off would be a way to go. Often times professions that require work in isolated areas have good paid leave programs; professional sailor, oil rigs, guys working in the bush can have leave schedules something like 4 weeks on, 4 weeks off or 6 weeks on, 6 weeks off . You could use the "off cycle" to go play at whatever you chose.

Or there are seasonal jobs. Places like British Columbia are loaded up with "lifties" who spend the winter operating ski lifts and snow making equipment and their summers surfing/climbing/playing (and every free moment in the winter skiing).

Same thing with tree planting with forestry companies. Spend 3 or 4 months living on the ground in the bush planting as many trees as possible. They are paid by the tree, so the harder you work, the better the money, then go boating.

The above are mostly pretty easy to pull off for some one without kids.

You can make beer money off youtube, but for the most part, you are not going to make a living at it.
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Re: Making money while cruising

I've been cruising for 13 years.

If there was a valid, viable way to make money WHILST cruising I would know about it.



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PS "Cruising" does not mean floating in your own country.
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Re: Making money while cruising

Not reliable or steady, but Iíll bet one could get away with bartering services. Work for a case of beer or food. It doesnít make it any more legal, but less likely to be a problem. Infrequent too.

First youíd have to find the opportunity. Most cruisers are typically self sufficient, so there probably arenít too many that would need to pay. Iíve always thought the one bartering skill that many do not have is refrigeration. Youíd have to stock various gasses, gauges and specialty tools aboard.
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Re: Making money while cruising

So far I havenít seen a way to make big money while cruising. I make a small amount of money writing for various publications. I suspect the same is possible on youtube.

Other than that there is an active internal barter-type of economy in most communities of boaters Iíve been in. And by this I mean: I help you, and you help me. Sometimes food and drink is involved. A very specialized skill or service might fetch some cash in this economy, but this is rare.
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