In my second stage as a first classmate, I took a big risk. When my husband and I left San Diego South Point, we had $ 250 in cash. This was the extent of our financial possessions.
Zhao Bella It was well equipped and provided. We are going to Mexico and we planned to roam a lot cheaply. No moorings, no beach restaurants, and lots of fishing to feed ourselves. Sure, we knew that $ 250 wouldn't pay us far, but it would lead us where we wanted to go, and we planned to work the way up to add the safes.
In fact, Jim plans to work. He was, and I still assume he is the master of anything mechanical or electrical. He seasoned and installed our Perkins 4-108 engine, renewed the entire electrical system, installed our windshield, and did all kinds of amazing things to Ciao to prepare for the sea. We have portrayed that his skills will be easily marketable to other cruisers, and that our sailing money will be regularly fed by working on boats in the places we visited.
We were right. Jim has been busy for three years with cruises in Latin America. He rebuilt trouble generators and electronics, stationary air conditioners and engines, and sold or traded all kinds of things. Ciao became something of a floating warehouse, and the sailing fleet was used to checking with us when they needed parts or services. In Balboa, Panama, he was hired by the Panamanians to service the latest electronic devices on board their mega yachts.
Although my skills tend more towards computer-related talents such as writing and graphic design, I have been able to add a little bit to financial resources. We had a sewing machine and a coil of boat cloth on board. I provided canvas services along the way, from quick rip repairs to parachutes. I even upholstered the pillows to "sit outside" on one of the big yachts we encountered.
The bottom line is that we never broke, and in fact, we had no less than $ 250 that we started with.
Entrepreneurial surf is not uncommon at all. We met many people who run companies from their boats in order to feed the cruising kitty. Most of them, like us, were providing mechanical / electronic services or were doing fabric work. We were in a location where there was a shortage of coastal companies offering this kind of experience, so the selection of métier was good.
This is not the only way to make money as you go. Other people have been working on the ground, both domestically and in the United States, for part of the year to stay solvent. One of the spouses I knew in Mexico came from Alaska, where he ran a carpentry company that subcontracted real estate developers. With Alaska's active construction season only during the summer, this couple spent three or four months of Baja working in Alaska, then joined their boat for the rest of the year to enjoy the cruising life. Not a bad deal!
Know how carpentry, mechanics and electrical systems – especially when it comes to boats – can translate into action almost anywhere. Healthcare practitioners, especially nurses, seem to be able to catch work while they roam around in the domestic water. When we made our way on the ICW from Chesapeake to Charleston, we met two emergency room nurses, who entered the port from time to time to obtain a contract of employment in local hospitals. In the Caribbean, we met people who were inhabiting, waiting, learning, washing boats, word processing – all sorts of jobs that were easily obtained for short periods of time.
Filling a cruising kitty while on the move is definitely possible. Having the right skills, the willingness to work, and an ear for opportunity, will go a long way towards creating income. Once you get what you need, you can sail again!