and sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the right time with the right skills.
we stopped at yacht haven in nassau
for a week, not because i like hanging out in marinas but because the admiral needed a break. we docked next to a 40 something couple on a hunter
40. we got friendly and talked over a few beers.
they retired early when their kids
moved on, sold
the house and bought the boat
having never actually sailed anything anywhere before that. but he was pretty sharp and more than eager to learn - bought 'sailing for dummies' and a handheld gps
and some charts
and eventually made it to nassau
from their former home in central florida
there they discovered that you could pay sixty bucks a day for a slip - like we did - or buy a monthy ticket for five hundred bucks. they mostly lived at the dock
but did the occasional local sail for a few days just to say they did but at five hundred a month it was cheaper thanr renting
an apartment in melbourne florida
. they also got to know a lot of the locals.
one of them discovered that he was a retired finish carpenter
. like doors and windows. just across the harbor, on hog island - whoops, that's paradise island now - they were building condos. the local help was less than good, much less. they could not hire him as a carpenter
, too many local 'carpenters' out of work. but they could hire him as a 'carpentry instructor'. they arranged to get the necessary work permits for him. every day he would walk across the bridge to the building site and proceed to 'instruct' the locals on how to hang doors and windows. by hanging them himself as they watched. then he would spend the rest of the day fixing the jobs that his students had attempted. he had been doing this for a few months when we met up with him and getting $150 a day in cash for his work as an 'instructor'. and this with the blessings of both the builder
and the government