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Old 30-08-2016, 11:07   #1
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Under the table work

As a soon to be retiree looking to do some extended cruising I have looked at my investment/pension projections dreaming of when I can bust loose. Sooner of course means less retirement income than later but the thought occurred to me that I have some rather marketable skills. I am an avid scuba diver and dive instructor/trainer. I am also a licenced marine engineer with about 40 years experience. I figure there are lots of ways I could use those skills but I do know in many places outsiders doing work is frowned upon.
What is your experience with under the table jobbers? Is it too risky in some places?
One time while on a dive vacation in Thailand a dive boat couldn't go out because of engine trouble. I stepped up and fixed the problem the boat went out and I dove for free all week. Same thing happened in Florida when a surprise CG inspection caused the dive boat to be tied up until the violations could be fixed. I basically rewired the entire bilge alarm system and got them operational the same day.
These are examples where I wasn't really looking for work. Even when cruising I'll just be doing enough to keep me in beer.
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