| Dave from Victoria, who does the weather every morning on the Northwest Caribbean Net, playing harmonica and banjo at the cruisers' Christmas potluck dinner.* * *|
_From Bernadette:_ We hear of plenty of cruisers working along the way. Friends on a South African boat stopped for several months in St. Martin. She worked at a tourist desk ($8/hr), and he did freelance electrical work on boats ($25-$50/hr)–"I could've had work seven days a week, if I wanted to," he said. "There was loads of work in St. Martin." Other friends stopped to work in the Caymans: she as a dental hygienist, replacing someone on maternity leave ($10/hr), then as a waitress ($5/hr+tips); he in a boatyard ($12/hr). In the Rio Dulce, Guatemala, we met several couples who were doing boat jobs, such as computer repair ($20/hr), canvas work ($15/hr), electrical ($20-$25/hr), sewing ($10/hr), diesel and refrigeration repair ($20-$25/hr). If you have a technical boat skill, and your own tools and equipment, you'll be in high demand wherever you go. Other friends stopped in Spain, put their boat on the hard in a cheap marina for the winter, and went to France to take wonderful jobs managing a fancy lodge in a ski resort for the season (good salary + free skiing).