Originally Posted by TravellerNick
So... while the politics is all very interesting, does anyone have any good ideas on making an honest buck while still staying under the radar
to avoid the mountains of paperwork. That may seem contradictory but it's not because taxes still get paid.
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Let's see. If you sail into a foreign country in order to work you will need to apply for a work visa. If you want to fly under the radar as you say you can wait tables or work in a bar or shovel cow manure for a few dollars. Problem is in a lot of places such as Islands they already have a local population willing to do such work and who depend on such work to live.
One very lucrative activity if your flying under the radar is to set a video chanel with a pay for view, have a couple of your guest fellow sailors good looking well endowed girls and call your soft or otherwise pornographic site, sailor girls wild. Show lots of t&a and you should make more than enough. Problem is that the demented that pay for such things invariably want young and younger girls on screen
. So your going to most likely end up using under age girls which will land you in jail. And rightly so.
If you have talent you could play and sing on street corners with a hat on the ground. You could also try landing gigs in bars but usually the local bars that have musicians have their own local talent. You could do different days or hours say 3pm during the week but just working for a tip jar in a bar isn't going to buy many meals
Begging. Time honored way of getting money. Sit on the ground with a sign asking for money. Problem is a lot of foreign countries don't allow this and you could easily find yourself in trouble with the local police.
Offering services such as hairdressing to boaters could work. Again outlets licensed and approved to work in the country your in you could very easily end up on the wrong side of the law.
If you have computer skills you could do gigs online. Much harder these days since you'll be competing with New Delhi and Pakistan.
Prostitution also could work. Cities that have large naval bases with lots of sailors have a thriving prostitution trade
. You could be the pimp and have the girls work and live onboard while offering services to sailors. Problem is the sailors with money will in most cases already have attractive women on board and those who don't have money usually are sailing alone and without the kind of money to keep you and your girls happy. Besides you will once again be competing for business with the locals. Meaning that in a short time you will.either be in police custody or swimming face down with the fishes after local businessman have dealt with you.
I could go on with so many more under the radar suggestions such as making and selling moonshine or importing and selling contraband such us whiskey and cigarettes. But all such activities end up badly.
Sorry if I'm being crudely blunt. But you either will be sailing into ports
of poor countries where you will be competing against the poor locales or you'll be in rich countries where these countries have strict rules of who is allowed to work. Even if you just want a job shoveling manure.
choices. Obtain a work permit
and work legally.
Illegal choices. Do whatever you want under the radar and pray you don't get caught. As a reminder the illegal under the radar stuff.
1. Working without a work visa
2. Selling sex
3. Selling imported contraband
7. Becoming a grifter like most of the world's politicians.
Some people have skills that are in high demand that would be very welcome in foreign countries. Medical
skills for instance. The local clinics or hospitals can in fact help organist the work permits. Same with some high tech skills.
Guitar players and jugglers will have a very hard time. For them see the options above.
Finally I am not for one minute suggesting the illegal options. I just mention these since you are willing to fly under the radar, whatever that really means. If it means being a law breaker than I suppose my list could be usefull. Though I wouldn't be doing any. In fact the only reason I have written what I have is to try to point out that there aren't a lot of good options. And the bad options are all bad.
Oh. I forgot one. How silly of me. If you plan on sailing the Caribbean
then a natural would be piracy
. Board other sailboats and steal from them in the dead of night while they are sleeping. You can get a pretty penny in town for a slightly used dinghy motor
. But you have to be careful with this since a lot of salors are now setting booby traps on board and have such things as motion detectors and alarms.
Happy sailing under the radar.