Originally Posted by ArtM
Hi, I think we might be missing out on your use of the word "bonds". Are you talking about selling a bond, or buying
In any case, to address some of your ideas:
; if you're a qualified researcher you might be able to get some grant money
to do something from your boat - I like the idea, but my very small experience with the scientific world tells me that's very difficult to do even if you are associated with a research
facility, such as a University.
- Charity; I like this idea for those who can raise money
for charities. The concept
is a good one if you have the savvy to do it.
- Boat based business (filming, chartering, etc) these may be good ways to supplement your income
if you have the contacts and/or credentials.
All have the potential issues typically related with working outside your own country - you need permits, visa's, etc.
If it were legal
for any of us to work anywhere in the world, this would not even be a topic. Any of us could go anywhere, find a paying job that suits our skills, and earn enough income
to "stay afloat".
The problem is that for most of us, it is illegal to do any kind of work - though the charitable foundation is an interesting twist.... that might get you access to a lot of markets, including Cuba
This Is my first post, I could not resist jumping in.
I have read a good deal of this 78 pages Topic.
Some of you got me bursting out of laughing :-) Great (Anglo-saxon) sense of humour.
I cannot come up with a personal first hand experience as I do not have any.
Still may I suggest two (checkable) successful onboard living famillies : 1) Yacht " Vagabond", skipper
Eric Brosier + partner + 1 little girl (nationality French).
They sailed accross the North West Passage
(if I got it right ?).
They have been wintering with their yacht "iceproof" several years in Alaska
Business model : Scientifical studies, data collection about sea temperature, salinity, ice thickness, air temperature at various altitudes (use of hydrogene balloons).
As far I understand, Eric is not strictly speaking a scientist, although he is a graduated engineer
He operates measuring and recording equipement which lent to him by universities, scientific bodies.
As seen on a documentary filmed by a professional crew, it is an every day work, keeping him busy a couple of hours a day.
(Perhaps, he made a little money out of the documentary, hosting film crew...etc.).
A good six months per year (possibly more, I dunno ?) Vagabond is stuck in the ice pack 1,5 mile away from an Alaskan village.
For a couple of weeks, until the ice is thick enough they can't leave their yacht, they wait for the locals to pay them a visit with their snowmobiles, then they know that the ice is strong enough.
His partner gave birth to a second little girl possibly in Alaska
Does that maker her an American ?
There is no way that this familly could stay illegally beyond the 90 days visa, IMHO immigration rules apply in Alaska just like in any other US state.
The older girl attend the local school
(at the expense of US tax payers or at a cost ? I dunno).
Mum is doing nothing for a living (graduated from university in fine art), but appart from being a full time housewife is a teacher for her two girls, a kinder garden for little one who was 2ish when documentary was filmed.
For transportation in winter, the familly relies on a sled, a pulka (you name it) pulled by 4 Alaskan huskies, on regular basis Polar bears check the dogs
as a potential dinner (or lunch ? Go figure, they live in absolute darkness 2 months per year), so you need to have a (long) gun to shoot deterrant/warning shots and keep safe when checking instruments outside.
Agreed, it is a very motionless sailboat, still, Alaska is definetely not the best place to live on thin air.
Everything from diesel
to keep your Refleks stove going to fruits and veggies comes with a huge price
tag, as much as $ 2.5 for an apple (x1 !!).
I cannot figure out that this guy did not have a business plan PRIOR to moving to Alaska in order to meet US immigration requirements, having legally a fire arm, disposing of garbage (Do they pay local tax ?), paying income tax (where, in the US or in France
?), bank accounts ? Where ? in which currency € or $ ?
I could come up with a endless list of questions ( Please, note that I am NOT looking for answers about these questions), still checking Vagabond blog and from the documentary, this familly (with their new born baby) seems to enjoy an extremely happy life in this place with one of the harshest climate one can thing of.
IMHO, "just" ;-) a question of planning ahead.
There is also this Swiss familly, check their blog " From top to top", who departed from Switzerland with one daughter, by now 3 kids
, none of them born in the same country !
They have been travelling for several years, last time I checked their blog they were in Australia
They are sponsored by a Swiss compagny named SBS ( NOT a bank) and by Victorinox, THE famous folding knife, they are surging on this Greenie, Treehugging trend.
By the look of it, it is a different business model, works more like a charity, one can donate to support their trip.
I haven't yet checked 100% of their extensive blog, their approach is different from Vagabond, still, it works.
In both cases, my understanding is that being able to show proof that one can support himself and familly without competing with the locals, in a way which prevents also the locals to compete with you, makes ones life easier with immigration officers.
My two (€) cents.
Sorry, for typpo and broken English