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Old 22-08-2010, 00:39   #16
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When we sailed around the world, nurses from the US found jobs in American Samoa, New Zealand, Australia, and the Middle East. I don't know about other locations.

I don't believe I would have your husband take the course of study because in most locations, the only way he will be able to work is illegally. Most of those skills are also present in the local economies, and they don't want the competion from yachties. Those skill would be worthwhile for maintaining your own yacht, but I don't think he will make much money working on other yachts. Yachties as a group don't like to pay for work done by other yachties. They are more interested in swapping and just helping each other out.
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When we sailed around the world, nurses from the US found jobs in American Samoa, New Zealand, Australia, and the Middle East. I don't know about other locations.

I don't believe I would have your husband take the course of study because in most locations, the only way he will be able to work is illegally. Most of those skills are also present in the local economies, and they don't want the competion from yachties. Those skill would be worthwhile for maintaining your own yacht, but I don't think he will make much money working on other yachts. Yachties as a group don't like to pay for work done by other yachties. They are more interested in swapping and just helping each other out.
This is certainly true here in Thailand. Plus, you have a language problem if you venture to any non-English speaking countries. Hard to work on something if you don't speak the language.
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Bob Perry has a rendezvous coming up soon and is very accessible, so if you ever have an excuse to go to the PNW you could have fun with those folks.
PNW? I'm sure I should know what this is- but do not.
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Sorry, PNW is Pacific Northwest, in this base between Seattle and Anacortes.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here. May I suggest something 36 and under? I've sailed on and owned boats 55 and under and find those between 32 and 36 to be the easiest to handle and least expensive to operate and moor. Just a thought!
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[QUOTE=maxingout;506730] the only way he will be able to work is illegally. Most of those skills are also present in the local economies, and they don't want the competion from yachties. Those skill would be worthwhile for maintaining your own yacht, but I don't think he will make much money working on other yachts. QUOTE]

I agree that you probably won't be able to cruise and work making enough money to buy a land-based retirement; just save a lot of money with those skills on your own boat, and make some beer money from other cruisers, under the table only. Local competition and licensing fees will likely prevent any meaningful income without staying in a single location for quite a while.

It still might be a valid plan if you find a location you want to stay in for a year or two and they are willing to pay the permit fees to hire someone. The tropical scuba locations are always looking for compressor mechanics, too. It all depends if your husband wants to spend days under a compressor/diesel engine/refrigerator in order to get the sunset. Good Luck!
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