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Old 24-11-2011, 21:11   #271
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My boat has (came with!) a diesel generator. I'm going to buy a MIG/TIG welder and learn to weld before I go. I'm also going to buy a Sailrite machine and learn some sewing, though preferably I'd find a first mate who can already do some sewing and leave that to her. I have "The Sailmakers Apprentice" and "The Riggers Apprentice" and need to make some custom things for my boat that will put the information in both books to good use...

Also, I'm in bartending school and can see about bartending as I travel. At the very least, I'll be popular in any anchorage as the man who makes the best drinks!
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Old 25-11-2011, 05:43   #272
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Not to rain on somebody's parade, but I see a lot of similar posts about "I'll learn to XXXX and make money . . ." - It can be done but there is one really major obstacle to making money that way - you have to have a natural talent to be able to do it (whatever) well enough that somebody is willing to pay you money.
- - Welding in - IMHO and experience - an artform requiring craftsmanship and a touch and talent to intuitively know how to feed and direct the molten weld in real time so that a good solid weld is achieved. Too fast, too slow, to hot, too long, too short and you get a brittle or crystallized weld that does not do the job. But if you don't try it you will not find out if you do or do not have the talent.
- - Same with sewing/canvas/sail work. Besides sewing, a sailmaker must know how the machine works and how to constantly, and I mean constantly, keep it working. The impact and stress on a sailmaking sewing machine is many times that of a cloth or clothing sewing machine. The needle is punching through layers of "plastic," not cotton or other natural fibers. Very few clothing sewing machines can handle the pounding and stress of sewing sails and canvas. That is why "Sailrite" machines are expensive, they have to be rugged and modified to handle the stress and power needed.
- - And the person sewing the sail or making the canvas items has to know not only how to use the proper acrylic threads, and fabrics - but how to keep the machine "timed" and "tuned" so that it will sew a good stitch. Again this is, IMHO and experience, an artform and not everybody can do it. Sure you can cobble together your own repairs and save a lot of money, but to do it for a customer who is paying money is another different thing.
- - The books sold by Sailrite and available elsewhere give you the knowledge needed to design and layout the job, but the skill and craftsmanship needed must come from you.
- - So the bottom line is, just saying - "Well, I'll buy a XXXX and do XXXX and make money . . ." is easy to say but quite difficult in real life if you do not have the natural talents to do it with a level of accuracy and precision to compete with other professionals. You can expect it to take literally years, to become proficient enough that folks will pay you money. However, the cruising lifestyle is all about having "time" and exploring and learning to do these "crafts." Just don't think that you can "instantly" learn and make money with such ideas.
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Old 26-11-2011, 04:24   #273
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I totally agree with osirissail. It is easy to be a well-meaning amateur, but there is a lot of those around, and who would want to pay for something you could do just as good (or more likely, bad) by yourself?
To make money on that kind of work you need to be really skilled. Being a welder is an actual education, even though you dont go to college:0)
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I tattoo and pierce for a living. Own my own 4000 square foot studio 12 plus years. I own a semi and trailer I can work conventions.

I reckon a person could make a good living going from port to port and making a regular circle where people would get used to seeing you.

I bet that would work. A person would need all disposables as cleaning equipment on board would be difficult . The lack of space going from 4000 square feet would kill me. I need room to move and have stuff around me. However I know artists that work out of carry on luggage and checked luggage so I know there is enough room on a boat. Good artists make $100 to $350 an hour. Many places require a licence. Might be required to go out to International waters. Lol
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There are probably a million and one things you can do to make money while cruising IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY. But the instant you and your boat enter another country there is basically only one legal and/or safe way to make money and that is through something that can be totally done via the internet.

- - But remember, as previous posters have said - it is highly unlikely that you will be able to make much, if any money, off other cruisers. Basically, we are all very frugal (i.e., cheap) and generally either do-it-ourselves or high a local specialist at one of the "nexus" ports that cruisers gather to do parts replenishing and repairs.

- - Even within your own country, there are normally licensing, sanitary/OHSA, whatever, rules and requirements for quite a few occupations. And they vary from political area to another (i.e., State, Province, city, village, etc.).
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Very few folk actually earn money while cruising... most have a pension, assets, income from property etc... then there's the one's who do web design and other net based jobs....
The rest of us generally scratch by on opportunistic jobs that come along now and then...
You'll find the younger/fitter/adaptable you are the more likely you'll find something to make a coupla bob.... or trade labour for x cooked suppers if they're better than your own... it all counts if it stretches your time away...
I've been paid in equipment.. foulweather gear.. anchors... and even cash on the odd occasion...
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There are probably a million and one things you can do to make money while cruising IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY. But the instant you and your boat enter another country there is basically only one legal and/or safe way to make money and that is through something that can be totally done via the internet.
and not always that.

Stay long enough somewhere to be viewed as a Resident may be liable for a tax bill..........(Spain and France being classic examples).
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Some of us hire on with a company in our own country and work abroad, which can be a good alternative. Yes you will have to pay the taxes of the country you are working in, as they say "Render unto Ceasar" . Very few have the chops that it takes to live under the radar in another country, most find it is simply more trouble than it is worth. Only your creative imagination will limit your opportunities. A smart fella I once spoke to told me in business the question that often doesn't get asked is the one that is most important. "What does the customer need?" You already know what your needs are, so figure out if you can supply some other persons with what they need either in the form of skills, services or goods and be ready to pay those whom are in power their due. We once had a couple of alternators go down in Tahiti and there was a neighboring Yachtie that rewound them for us, we were very happy to pay the price for his work.
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Very few have the chops that it takes to live under the radar in another country, most find it is simply more trouble than it is worth.
Actually, vast numbers of people have the chops to accomplish this. In my country, we call them "undocumented workers."
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Those undocumented workers for the most part are not living aboard yachts.
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7. Canvas work including making courtesy flags.
8. Play the stock market.
9. Rental income from property.
10. Make and sell fishing lures.
11. Computer repairs for other cruisers.
I know this is a reply to an old post, but did you name your boat Stingo so you could rhyme it with Gringo? p.s. playing the stock market sounds like a money losing option.
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Some of us hire on with a company in our own country and work abroad, which can be a good alternative. Yes you will have to pay the taxes of the country you are working in, as they say "Render unto Ceasar" . Very few have the chops that it takes to live under the radar in another country, most find it is simply more trouble than it is worth. Only your creative imagination will limit your opportunities. A smart fella I once spoke to told me in business the question that often doesn't get asked is the one that is most important. "What does the customer need?" You already know what your needs are, so figure out if you can supply some other persons with what they need either in the form of skills, services or goods and be ready to pay those whom are in power their due. We once had a couple of alternators go down in Tahiti and there was a neighboring Yachtie that rewound them for us, we were very happy to pay the price for his work.
I may be wrong, but the last I read, heard , saw, was that there are over 12 million, give or take, undocumented workers living and working in the U.S.
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I may be wrong, but the last I read, heard , saw, was that there are over 12 million, give or take, undocumented workers living and working in the U.S.

Yep.

You might find that it is easy in the US. We are very free, trusting and lenient compared to most other countries. It is just that their rules/regs are not in the news all the time.
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You might find that it is easy in the US. We are very free, trusting and lenient compared to most other countries. It is just that their rules/regs are not in the news all the time.
It's true of both Canada and the US and I wouldn't be surprise if it was true in most "first world" countries. Less so in harder economic times though. In countries where wages are low and every penny counts I suspect a couple of factors come into play. Perhaps foremost, you may consider your labour worth more then what the market pays, and under the table usually means less, and your labour may mean someone's loss and it is likely to be noticed by the person losing out in an economy where ever cent counts.
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