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Old 16-06-2017, 04:43   #1
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My partner and I are considering heading off to cruise the South Pacific and Asia for a couple of years and I am wondering if I would be able to get a little work in Ports we stop in. Im a qualified boat builder and composite technician and have been thinking I could bring along my tools and get some work while out cruising. Do you think there would be a need and if so how would you let people know.

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Legally, it's tough. Most countries are very protective of the local labor market, particularly for what they consider manual labor jobs (yeah, I know there is a skill set but doesn't mean the authorities will understand).

A few small under the table jobs for cruisers, probably get away with it but the local competition won't be happy if they find out.
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What's your plan in terms of supplies of various composite materials, consumables, etc.? As this kind of work burns through a lot of them, obviously.

I would think that you could find work, espeically if you've an understaning of the engineering of boats. Both for repairing, & building new structures. Along with experience, & tricks of the trade to go with same.

Much of the work would likely be word of mouth. Both FTF, on radio nets, & perhaps online. And it wouldn't hurt to setup a high visibility project to demo your skills, in ports that are cruiser heavy. For example, building a perfectly clear coated, wood epoxy dinghy. Or building someone a new rudder. Since it would quite obviously be done out in the open, & not every cruiser has the skills to do all of the fabrication steps involved. Or how to choose foil shapes, cores, rudder stocks, etc. & build it's composite internals.

Do you really have the room to carry all of the needed tools onboard an HC 33, along with your cruising gear?

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