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Old 24-04-2008, 09:18   #1
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Making cash fixing stuff?

Hello all,
How feasable is it to make some extra cash fixing things that go wrong on other peoples boats? I used to fix cameras and now I fix computers, and other electronic devices.

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Old 24-04-2008, 10:24   #2
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Lots of factors you didnt list there.

Where are you? In antarctica you wont get any money because no boats will be there. In Ensenada there will be nobody with any money (because the monied boats either dont stop there or they just left SD and are fine).

So anyway, lots of variables. I guess it isnt much different from the rest of life. Can you make money at home fixing people's boats?

Not much changes out there, still people, still towns with resources.

I will say though, that it costs money to cruise, can be done cheaply but I wouldnt count on odd jobs to fund your cruise. I have run into more than a few deadbeat cruisers who have no money and hope they can earn it along the way. Very few of them were earning a living cruising and not very few were freeloading.

Not saying it cant be done but I can say it seems like "out there" is analogous to "back here" my buddy the sailmaker makes money "out there" but he was a sailmaker at home and made money doing it there too.

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Old 24-04-2008, 10:41   #3
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John, in the US everyone has a son/nephew/neighbor who fixes computers on the cheap. It can be a hard racket to make a buck in, since the kids have no overhead or expenses.

Everyone needs a Mr. Fixit, the question is, how to get a reputation and get folks to pay for it.
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Old 24-04-2008, 11:00   #5
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If you have an in demand skill- engines, refrigeration, canvas work, that sort of stuff you can make an income, just as you could in a land based life. If electronics fail most cruisers buy another one, electronics are very cheap. a lot of it depends where you are; if you are on an atoll in the pacific most/ all of the people who are at anchor there are totally self sufficient, it may be different in Mexico.
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Thanks for all advice,
First and formost I love fixing stuff and I am good at it, from leaky toilets to all maner of mechanical / electrical/ computing equipment
Every job I have had since leaving school for the most part involved fixing
something or other.

However, I am also a realist, when I finally do this we would have the means to support ourselves as well as a little shore income from various sources.

This would only be a little extra cash in my pocket, as well as a chance to meet others.

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If you have an in demand skill- engines, refrigeration, canvas work, that sort of stuff you can make an income, just as you could in a land based life. If electronics fail most cruisers buy another one, electronics are very cheap. a lot of it depends where you are; if you are on an atoll in the pacific most/ all of the people who are at anchor there are totally self sufficient, it may be different in Mexico.
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That seems to be true land side as well. I am good with Engines though.
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Hard to drum up business as a transient, I'd think. You could probably find a full plate of work in a crowded harbor as a skilled diesel mechanic, but who would know to ask you?

Do busy marinas often hire transients with skills?
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