Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 12-08-2016, 08:07   #1
Registered User
m2244's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Vermont
Boat: TBD
Posts: 140
Post Military Retirement Question

Admittedly I'm doing a little daydreaming today while we're in a slow time at work. I've had some time off recently and it's been tough getting back into the swing of things so I thought I'd ask a question that has been in the back of my mind for a while.

How difficult is it to break into the "sailing industry"? I realize this is a bit of a general as well as naive question. I have roughly 8 years to go before I can retire from the military at which point I should have a pension somewhere between $2500 and 3000 per month as well as other funds. Right now I don't have much experience sailing although I was in the Navy for 4 years and have always missed being around water and boats. I plan on doing quite a bit of sailing over the course of these 8 years.

Is it difficult to get into yacht sales and/or delivery?

Are there good part time opportunities out there?

My background is in IT, database, and web/computer programming. I also have a degree in electrical engineering.

I know this is general but any advice would be appreciated.

m2244 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2016, 08:20   #2
a64pilot's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Albany Ga.
Boat: Island Packet 38
Posts: 17,976
Re: Post Military Retirement Question

As a Military Retiree I don't think prior service means much at all, except we do have an income to fall back on, but we are starting out 20 yrs later than others too.

a64pilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2016, 09:19   #3
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Santa Cruz
Boat: Boatless Again
Posts: 4,483
Re: Post Military Retirement Question

Sales will take a lot of built up knowledge. I'd chat with the marine electronics shops, as modern electronics are getting more complex and network oriented. For example, the last boat I delivered had a full Garmin network AND Mercruiser engine electronics, and getting those to systems to talk to each other was a real challenge. Many times, you have to take the boat out to troubleshoot the problems.
donradcliffe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-08-2016, 01:35   #4
Registered User

Join Date: May 2016
Location: Currently in Florida
Boat: 81 Hunter Cherubini 27
Posts: 310
Images: 3
Re: Post Military Retirement Question

I retired from the USN in 1997 and found myself living in Egypt on an 8-week contract teaching the Egyptian Navy on former USN ships as a subcontractor under the US Aid program. Turned into nearly 10 years and was VERY lucrative. In reality, I was doing more repair than training (one can't effectively train on broken equipment). My background is mainly electrical/electronic (NAV and weapon control systems). That contract ended just over 9 years ago and I am still in Egypt working in the private yacht repair sector (NOT as lucrative and I don't recommend it here in Egypt...but it pays the bills). Over the years I have had to add new skillsets to my toolbox. Welding, metal fabrication, piping systems, etc., in addition to my electrical/electronic skills. I also have done package development and documentation for new-builds.

To answer OP's questions.....I've done a few deliveries and I would not rely on that as a sole source of income until you become VERY well establiished in the yachting circle of delivery crews. Yacht sales? I'll be honest here....I know nothing about it. However, the old saying that the only things guaranteed are death and taxes? Add boat repair to that. Boats and yachts will always need repair....guaranteed. The money isnt always great but as long as there are boats floating in the water, there is employment out there somewhere.
Teknishn (Technician): One who fixes stuff you can't, based on dubious information provided by those with questionable knowledge and/or experience.
Teknishn is offline   Reply With Quote

men, retirement

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Question for military aircrew people Ecos Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 15 17-12-2015 04:57
Working Through Retirement - AKA Working Retirement CNC-Charters Boat Ownership & Making a Living 21 01-09-2012 19:58
Any Retired Military ? Tricare Question . . . zopi Health, Safety & Related Gear 4 14-01-2011 13:56
Military Outreach...Free Sailing for Military s/v Moondancer Cruising News & Events 4 03-10-2009 09:44
Crusing on military retirement? Mack Meets & Greets 14 13-02-2008 05:29

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:49.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.