Originally Posted by TassieBloke
Not sure about in the Caribbean, but many countries have strict working visa arrangements. In Oz, you'd also need to be licenced by a Govt Authority for handling refrigerants...do lots of research
, ask locals and proceed with utmost caution.
This is your issue, and in truth I donít think you could make nearly enough to survive, at best beer money
I was astonished this year in Georgetown
in the Bahamas
listening to the net every morning. What astonished me was two fold, the complete non understanding of Cruisers for mechanical things, and the complete lack of any kind of maintenance
support in Georgetown
, where it seemed there were 200+ boats always in the anchorage.
One would think that as the need was there, that there would be several people and businesses there to support them, but there werenít, I canít imagine why.
Other than worrying about being caught by the Bahamian authorities, which I think unlikely as long as you donít get too obvious, is that there are almost no supplies available, everything has to be flown in and by the time shipping
and duties are paid itís about three times as expensive as it is in Fl where itís shipped from.
So you would need to bring almost everything with you, maybe of course leave the high dollar seldom used parts
to be shipped to you.
Your services would have to be spread by word of mouth, which would happen pretty quickly.
However it seems that most Cruisers just help each other out, so you would need to be sure right up front they know that you expect to be paid.
What seemed to be in the most demand was someone with knowledge of DC electrical
systems, specifically battery
banks. Seemed every morning someone wanted to borrow a ďbattery testerĒ to see if their batteries
were dead, cause they were near dead every morning when they got up.