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Old 23-05-2018, 13:12   #46
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Re: Programmers afloat a business idea

Have any of you tried using UpWork (http://www.upwork.com)? I have been quite successful so far finding side-work on this site, which I hope to evolve to the point that I can quit my day job and go off sailing.

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Have any of you tried using UpWork (http://www.upwork.com)? I have been quite successful so far finding side-work on this site, which I hope to evolve to the point that I can quit my day job and go off sailing.

-David
Also take a look at Freelancer.com, I'm not a programmer but I have hired about 30+ developers from Freelancer.com over the years, If the developer speaks fluent english I'll always pay more for them than the cheapest bid from a guy in Inda with no english skils.
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I am in the same boat so to speak! my background is in IT and ive just recently considered living aboard a boat to avoid the cost of a NYC apartment.


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Once I was living in the carribean. I built a data center for a company. A short time before the company went bankrupt, my wife met a guy at a restaurant who was the director of a government agency that needed a database upgrade. So when my old job ended I contracted with him to write their database app. I made a really good wage for a short time sitting on my boat in St Thomas harbour doing it.
Unfortunately since I knew no one else who needed such work,that was the only gig I got doing that.

So here is the idea. Myself and a few other floating programmers get together an pool money. Hire an agency to get us "remote" software writing gigs which we can do as we have internet connectivity.

My question how viable is such an idea?

Your input is appreciated.
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Old 13-06-2018, 11:59   #49
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Given the paucity of liveaboard slips in the greater metropolitan area....and the expenses and time of transit into the city from them...even with our ridiculous rents, I think it would be a long shot for you to be "saving money" by living aboard a boat anywhere near NYC. Probably cheaper to find housing on the mainland and deal with whatever the two-state taxation is these days.
You're probably looking at something in Port Washington if not further out.
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Counter example, at least for a single liveaboard

https://m.ebay.com/itm/EXPERIENCE-AL...e/202300564863
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The old World's Fair Marina has some limits. First, on the number of liveaboards and where they can be docked. Possibly five feet to the two eastern docks, half of that to the western docks. Then, there is the location. You are literally under the flight path from LGA, so there's the noise of jet traffic from about 6AM to midnight and later. And since it is under a flight path, when the jets are using full rich mixture...your decks will be coated with black soot in short order. NOT very pleasant. You're also next to the BQE/Whitestone expressway, with constant traffic noise. And, in the desolation outside the parking lots of Shea (excuse me, Citifield) Stadium. You don't want to walk alone there at night.
Yes, you can hike out to the Number 7 train on the far side of Shea. Or wait very patiently for a Northern Blvd. bus.
And car access becomes really complicated, since you are wedged into the strip between a highway and the mudflats. (Nice smell at low tide, too.)
On the bright side, sitting in the mud on the west docks you never have to clean the bottom, nothing much grows there!
Waterway Guide and Active Captain seem to indicate it is closed now (the status has changed in the past with various contractors) but also that there may be ferry service down to Wall Street now. I've no idea what's really current on that. If it is back under NYC control...dunno.
But...really? It is more like living behind a dumpster, next to a minefield. It isn't the worst place to stay...that would possibly be "the mudflats", a marina NE of it, across in College Point. In a desolate industrial section of what we used to call a "two fare zone".
Assuming they're still taking liveaboards, and that a new owner could legally remain on an existing boat...You're right, it might be done.
Note that the boat is currently inoperable, in a storage yard in NJ to boot. And the poster has a Colorado phone number.
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