Originally Posted by sneider
I would like some constructive feedback on my Idea to earn an income
The wifey and I decided to accelerate our cruising plans seeing that we finished off our Spirit 28 (V D Stadt) refit
ahead of time and our worsening political climate in South Africa
being another deciding factor.
With the shortened time frame our savings are not where I would have liked it to be and will be forced to work underway.
I am a I.T support specialist currently self employed servicing home users and small businesses to large corporations with big networks ,servers multiple branches etc...
Essentially i want to know if one can earn money
offering computer repairs
to other sailors in ports
at a small reasonable fee? I also have a lot of experience with open cpn
and other laptop
It's uncommon but not impossible.
I work in tech and work from the boat
and travel to clients. I have a 50/50 mix of travel and remote
I wouldn't think there is much call for opencpn
and laptop repairs. Those using OpenCPN tend to be self sufficient. Lots of hacking by others.
As for laptops who repairs them by using an outside vendor? It's cheaper to replace them just about anywhere.
There might be some work in fixing network issues on boats but most of the instrumentation providers deliberately odfuscate their protocols.
The skills in demand by cruisers tend to be in refrigeration
, fabrication and diesel
mechanics. They tend to only be in demand as corrective maintenance. If it aint broke dont fix it attitude. Fabrication is probably the most viable option.
I am a qualified mechanic
, airframe welder and toolmaker with minors in ac repair
and instrumentation. I have enough of my own work to do so don't bother seeking work.
It would be very difficult to cruise
full time and earn an income. Not to mention the restrictions on itinerant working these days. In the 80s it was achievable.
It's my 3 engineering degrees and my startup and cloud computing skills that are in demand these days. Getting work visas is easy, the money is good and working remotely is typical.
Sat comms, email
over HF and ubiquitious cell phone
coverage combined with efficient tech protocols like git, twitter, evernote, dropbox and lightweight vpns allow me to keep working anywhere.
Writing code or writing books
are probably the best cruising occupations.
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