Cruisers Forum

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-06-2017, 07:16   #46
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: fl- various marinas
Boat: morgan O/I 33' sloop
Posts: 1,446
Re: Work as mechanic while cruising

Some countries may permit casual visitors to work and undercut locals but most will not. Depending on the specific location your plan could be a disaster. Even in the US, just hanging a sign and selling a service with no registration/licenses can create a world of trouble starting with tax evasion- sales and income. Check with local lawyers and do not gamble. One blunder could cost you many years of income.
Dave22q is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2017, 19:56   #47
Registered User
Capt Gill's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Horseshoe Cove Sausalito/Currently in La Paz,BCS,Mex.
Boat: Ron Holland 43 Semi-custom Sloop
Posts: 266
Re: Work as mechanic while cruising

Originally Posted by belizesailor View Post
While I dont encourage anyone to work illegally, it is discrete and work only within the cruising community and in most venues you wont have a problem.

Rates in most venues are likely lower than what you are accustom too. Ive paid $25-50 per hour mostly in the W Carib. So...40 - 20 hours per month to make $1K.

Another way to earn some cash is just "consulting" for good amateur mechanics. Example: Im a pretty good amatuer mechanic. I dont need to hire someone just to turn a wrench, but there is no substitute for pro level diagnostic experience. I used to have 2 friends who were both pro mechanics (both working under the RADAR in cruiser venues). They were way busy so I would pay them for an hour of their time just to diagnose an issue...usually took them about 10 minutes...easy money for them...huge time saver for me.
"there is no substitute for pro level diagnostic experience." This cannot be overemphasized,I've seen many parts replaced and much time expended needlessly in attempting to remedy a problem either because of ignorance of the system in question or not taking the time to think out and test the probable causes (scientific method),although there are times when the diagnostic time involved will be significant,but if it's a somewhat common problem and the odds of it being the problem are favourable, in that case I will give the one paying me a choice,with caveats, between my conjectural fix which may be at much lower cost or the more methodical,but $$$, guaranteed diagnosis and fix. It's important to be up front and clear about this. I see no reason for someone who knows what they're doing having a problem with the above and if they do you may have a problem by having them work for you.
Its not so much what we have in this life that matters. Its what we do with what we have. Mr. Rogers
Capt Gill is offline   Reply With Quote

cruising, mechanic

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Charity Work while Cruising? krafthaus Our Community 7 07-02-2015 07:28
Canvas Work While Cruising wswhiting Boat Ownership & Making a Living 7 03-09-2014 06:50
Is There Work for Professional Boatbuilders While Cruising ? thompsonisland Boat Ownership & Making a Living 22 23-08-2012 05:27
Taxes and the cruising mechanic? Zach Boat Ownership & Making a Living 4 03-03-2007 20:19
Maintenance work while cruising CapnRon Boat Ownership & Making a Living 0 29-09-2006 10:57

Advertise Here

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:05.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.