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Old 13-04-2006, 00:27   #151
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Hammerfelt, good idea. Definitely makes the short list.
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Old 24-04-2006, 14:19   #152
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Been meaning to post this for awhile

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If you can't sea yourself as an optometrist than maybe something else will work. I seem to remeber that you were a pretty good mechanic. The key to the idea about the Optometrist was that you take up to 50% of AGI and pout it into a non-profit foundation. Ok so you can't help pople with their eyes what about teaching third world coastal and island nations how to perform maintenance and mechanical skills on marine engines. The whole idea is to get more money into the cruising kitty and then to get it out when you are cruising. The foundation can hire you to give these services in Mexico allthrough the south pacific. From an economic pioint of view this will help you save whatever % $ you pay in taxes on 50% of your income. Say your AGI is $50k and you pay 30% state and fed taxes ($15k). By funding this non profit you could cut your tax bill in half and have the non profit hire you at a nominal wage to provide this much needed service to mexico and the south pacific. Same plan new twist.

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Old 24-04-2006, 19:41   #153
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Charlie, you have inspired me. One of my former sidelines was designing off the grid systems for residential use. I am not in a hurry to turn a wrench again, even in a teaching capacity, and my skills are not as up to date as would be needed to call myself a consultant, but even when I was a kid I was fascinated by the efforts in third world countries to send people in to help design infrastructure. I am going to give that one some serious thought.
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Looks like this is my avenue, Kai. I have had recent training. And I kinda miss turning wrenches!!
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Old 24-04-2006, 20:12   #155
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Think around corners

The idea is to take the governments tax law and turn it to your advantage. Laws set up for the wealthy corporations do have to be applied to us regular folk so that there is a semblance of fair play. If you dig into the law a little ways there are ways to use it to your advantage w/o too much effort and legally.

Off the grid solar design and infrastructure is a great idea. I read in India (I think it was India) about engineers who had designed these foot pumps to help with irrigation. The pumps increased the crop yields tremendously. Talk about a way to help clear the ugly american syndrome.

Look at Nolo press books on legal issues there may be one on how to start your own Non-Profit entity.
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Help!! I'm stuck in Purgatory!!!! Need $$$ to escape!!

Hello All,

I sit here stranded in Purgatory (93F at 9:15am looking for 114F later today) reading your discussion and finding it quite enlightening.

I have been working on my escape plan for almost three years and have worked out the financial plan for my boat purchase and dealing with most all of my land based obligations. My hangup is how to supplement the Kitty while cruising. I am fearful of leaving without a plan other than "I'm sure I'll find something".

I had a plan 3 years ago to hit the water and travel port to port installing WiFi systems. Unfortunately I started this with a partner.... I am sure many of you can figure out how that ended. And now I am afraid that market may be saturated.

I am currently the IT Manager at a resort/casino and have a reasonable level of experience with: Gaming, Hotel and POS systems. Windows Servers, AS/400, RS/6000 and related systems. As well as copper, fiber & wireless networks.

Other skills: I just finished building my own house. My direct participation included framing, plumbing, electrical and finish carpentry. I also posses basic mechanical skills and just completed my open water scuba certification.

Any suggestions you all may have would be greatly appreciated.

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Welcome aboard cruisersforum Steve.

I assume that since you picked out the word "mohave" as part of your users name. I also assume you live in the mohave desert?


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Old 12-06-2006, 22:00   #158
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Hey Steve! Great place to jump in. THere is no real lack of IT people out there, but "Good" IT people is another story. Most of them get confused once you get past reboot. (In fact, I think that is a prerequesite for IT candidates at my company) As WiFi is geting more commonplace, someone who could come on board, install the card, go aloft, and install the high gain antenna, and then explain how to use it all could probably make some beer money. If you can go that next step and uncrash a few computers, maybe a burger with that beer
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yeah yeah yeah .. Scott claims to have beer ... but the better deal would be to have Susan cook ya dinner ( Strongenoff would be MY choice), and grab a rum and coke or two. Anyway, welcome aboard. With all the skill sets you have developed, you most likely would be able to make some cash along the way assisting someone or perhaps doing various maintenance items aboard someone's boat. There IS competition for that. OTOH, skills with computers and their cousins (GPS, Radios, Radar, and other items that use menu systems and are Greek to a lot of people) may be a way for you to make a few bucks helping people understanding them (ie TEACHING).

Good luck! Can I also suggest that you click on the word PROFILE at the top right of this screen and fill in a little info about yourself. This may help in responses to your future questions or when you respond in an area of your expertise.
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Always a wise guy You know, all you have to do is show up. Susan will cook stroganoff anytime. Now for the beer thing, I have beer on board, but you don't get it because I use it as currency Ah, but the rum, I share.
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Yeah Thomas, he shares.:cubalibre

He really does too!!:cubalibre
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"The foundation can hire you to " A great idea, *if* the IRS first approves the foundation as a "50%" foundation. They have other limits, mainly lower, too. Then there's the question of whether the foundation exists just to serve one person. If it receives the bulk of funding from just one person, and sends the bulk of payments out to that same person...the IRS is willing and able to declare it a sham and void it. If they do, you'll be hit with back taxes, fines, penalties, and interest, and it is going to HURT BAD.

On the other hand, if you set up a legitimate charitable organization, which has national fundraising, and uses it funds for many purposes not just you, sure, donate away. The devil is in the details, and the tax man has a wicked sharp pitchfork if you screw with him.
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My son-in-law worked in a casino dealing blackjack in St Croix while waiting on the VI Bar Exam scores. Seems as if they are in desperate need of competent dealers in the VI. It's US labor laws rules there and you can use your experience to pick up some folding money.

I believe that Casino business is pervasive all thru the Caribbean Islands. If the rest are anything like St Croix, there should be plenty of opportunities for anyone who can spell "reboot."
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"St. Croix...US labor laws" It's more than that. The US Virgin Islands *are* after all American Soil, unlike most parts of the Caribbean. Friday night at the weekly poker game, I'll ask Dubyah if we can do something about that and take them all over. He's open to ideas like that. (sigh.)
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Ok not Quite boat based, but close

My wife the Physical Therapist is looking at working as a 'Traveling PT'. She gets paid regular pay, bennies, etc, but the jobs are limited to a max of 3 months stint.

Heres the cool part, for three months they pay the hotel or accomidations and may or may not provide vehicular access. Better yet after checking we can find lots of jobs up and down both the east and west coast port cities, even better they sometimes offer jobs in the US territories.

Which leaves me sitting my daughter for three months while the wife earns the money for the crusing kitty for the next 10 months. Marina fees paid by the travel firm. I'd be a kept man! How cool is that! Keep the boat up, play with my young daughter, keep the wife fed and happy and be ready to cruise!

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