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Living Aboard and Working in the Caribbean

CodyS

New Member
I know this may not be the most desirable forum for this question, but maybe some of y'all will have some knowledge on the topic. Can a person find odds and end type jobs while cruising the Caribbean and maybe the Bahamas? I'm a decent diesel mechanic and have learned quite a bit about boat repair in general since purchasing my Morgan 382. If anyone has any general info regarding my inquiry, I'd be happy to hear about it!!!
Thanks in advance for any replies to the thread.
 

Warren Holybee

Active Member
You would be lucky to find any odd jobs that will pay more than pocket change now and then. However, if you have or can get an OUPV or Masters you can make good money as a charter captain on one of the thousands of charter yachts there. It should be really easy to find one of those gigs.
 

CodyS

New Member
Thanks for the input Warren. The OUPV/6 Pack license is something that I am currently pursuing as a contingency to the original question. Sounds like I need to make it the primary plan.
 

dickkilroy

Richard Kilroy
in my opinion as a qualified diesel mechanic, don’t ask me who qualified you, you should not have a lot of trouble making a living in the American Caribbean or grenadine islands. I spent many years down there primarily in the BVI an American virgins and a person of high quality diesel mechanics is always desirable services. Many people don’t even the Hutto unplug a Racore filter. That is primarily in the American and British Virgin Islands. Down on the Grenadines it gets worse, as do the problems, also as does the sailing. But again in the English speaking countries you should be all right, when I had an-engine problem, down there I chose to go to Antiqua rather than Martinique because of the language situation. Fortunately I solved the problem myself but I was very glad that I was where I could speak English.
 

bwilliams

Marvin (Bill) Williams
I'm not at all familiar with the Eastern Caribbean, but I spent 17 years living aboard in the Western Caribbean (Bahamas, Cuba, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and down to Panama and Colombia. The most common craft offered by boaters in those areas was sail and canvas repair. usually, it was the wife/girlfriend who did this. There always appeared to be an abundance of this work and you could usually find someone in each of those places.
 
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