In crossing the Pacific last year, we found our main needs were in Sail and Canvas repair (as the yacht we bought had been sitting in the Mexican sun for five years). Most sailmakers in Mexico
were fairly expensive, and we started to stitch and tape rips ourselves.
We did use several different sail and canvas places along the cruise
and one of the best was near Bora Bora
. We had a rip in the mainsail
and had checked with the local sail loft, they were booked out for the next two weeks. The marina pointed us to a small sailboat where sail repairs
could be done. We contracted with him and then tied up next to him, bow to his stern. Then just pulling off the mainsail
cars from the track, and we fed the main sail into his cockpit
for the repair. He had set up his sewing machine
right there. It was brilliant! Twenty minutes later the sail was stitched and had extra material added. He also put on a few additional patches for strength. Good for us, as the sail loft would have been hundreds of dollars ($80/hour if memory serves) and he did it all for $30 with no lugging the sail around.
So I'm a BIG fan of other yachts that you can pull up beside and get work
done! Sailmaking, canvas, welding, diesel repairs
, refrig. There is some money
to be made if you have the right tools and skills in the right place!