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Moving to the islands

Steve1980
November 19, 2017 09:23AM

Registered: 2 months ago
Posts: 1

I'm shutting down my recreational vehicle repair services and moving to the islands.
Questions:
Are there any job opportunities in the boating industry for repair personel? I have done work on local boats with living quarters.
What is local housing looking like, rental?

Re: Moving to the islands

sttanon
November 21, 2017 09:05AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 254

Boating repair biz should be booming right now because of storms..... Rental places are available but at a premium because of all of the off island people here for the rebuild. It also depends on what island you are looking at as to what is available

Re: Moving to the islands

fdr
November 21, 2017 10:05AM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 1,130

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sttanon
Boating repair biz should be booming right now because of storms..... Rental places are available but at a premium because of all of the off island people here for the rebuild. It also depends on what island you are looking at as to what is available

"Should be" is key. A major bottleneck is space in the boatyards for anyone to haul out, because the boatyards are already too full of vessels that were on the hard and damaged during the storms. Also, it depends on what type of repairs the OP is talking about. We always need people who can fix engines, inboard or outboard. A good varnisher is worth their weight in gold. For the rest, we have a lot of local folks doing such work already.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/21/2017 10:25AM by fdr.

Re: Moving to the islands

vicanuck
November 21, 2017 10:57AM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 2,095

On St. Croix there are very few options for boat repair. You have Bryan's Marine or St. Croix Marine and a few independents. Many boat owners are not happy with the very limited choices available. It would be great to have another option, so, you should start a repair business.

Re: Moving to the islands

NugBlazer
November 23, 2017 12:48PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 305

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vicanuck
On St. Croix there are very few options for boat repair. You have Bryan's Marine or St. Croix Marine and a few independents. Many boat owners are not happy with the very limited choices available. It would be great to have another option, so, you should start a repair business.

+1

I've found both Bryan's and STX Marine to be... crappy. They gouge and have an arrogant attitudes since they're the only game in town. If someone else would come in and charge fair prices and give excellent customer service they would have business up to their eyeballs.

Re: Moving to the islands

Gumbo
November 23, 2017 08:21PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 460

Which island are you considering, STT also offers plenty of work for someone good at marine repair or generator repair or appliance repair or..........

Re: Moving to the islands

AandA2VI
November 24, 2017 08:05PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 2,090

STT has quite a few rentals right now. 1000-1600 for the places we looked at on northside. Looked at about 7. We found a awesome place in a day but we have lots of connections which is how we found our rental. Most are word of mouth. Below us is empty... no dogs allowed. You have to decide what island and where on that island you want to live. They are COMPLETLY different. Bring a good car 4x4 suggested for STT especially after storms.

I’m SURE you’ll find work STT. We’re picking up all sorts of odd jobs to get the bills (and generator gas) paid. Bring a generator or be ready to buy one here and I would bring spare parts - I suggest a voltage regulator & fuel filters.

Re: Moving to the islands

rmb2830
November 24, 2017 09:29PM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 417

for certain

we would be thrilled

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NugBlazer
Quote
vicanuck
On St. Croix there are very few options for boat repair. You have Bryan's Marine or St. Croix Marine and a few independents. Many boat owners are not happy with the very limited choices available. It would be great to have another option, so, you should start a repair business.

+1

I've found both Bryan's and STX Marine to be... crappy. They gouge and have an arrogant attitudes since they're the only game in town. If someone else would come in and charge fair prices and give excellent customer service they would have business up to their eyeballs.

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