Originally Posted by Don Lucas
. . . I find it hard to believe any of these "working while cruising" things really work. I can believe there is such a thing as moving from place to place to work while living on a boat. But living on a boat and cruising aren't the same thing to me.
Actually, the working while cruising thing works quite well so long as you stay in the waters of your home country. Especially in North American waters the opportunities to cruise
and move from region to region within each country is excellent. Opportunities to work, especially for craftsmen type jobs and just about any other field by somebody eager to work hands on - which pretty much describes the mentality of the average cruising sailor.
- - But I would agree that there is a blurry line between a static or mostly static live-aboard who works ashore and the "cruising" sailor who is sailing from one place to another fairly frequently and really doesn't get involved in "long term" jobs ashore.
- - I think you will find an example of the first in "former cruisers" who now still on the boat and work in West Marine
stores. And for the later, cruisers who do service
work like sewing/canvas from onboard their boat or cut hair or clean boat bottoms.
- - As to Ozskipper's "In a co-op situation you will face that problem anyway. If everyone is equal, who gets the aft cabin? And, who makes the decisions?
" question. Back in the 1960's when I was a young man, that question never was a problem as we all shared everything
while grinning a lot from the funny
weed. Ah! the good old days . . .