To the locals: Would this work? Opinions please !!
We are researching and trying to decide on a business that we could do once we reach usvi. (open to suggestions) Our idea is, we'd like to purchase a boat, maybe a thirty or forty footer, and take tourist around the islands on private trips where we'd pamper them and serve them fresh fish for supper and enjoy the sunsets together (while getting paid). Maybe even become a dive master and take them scuba diving or snorkeling. Is this just crazy dreaming or is this possible? Is there a thousand other people doing the same thing? What do the usvi residents think? Which Island? Would we be welcomed? Could we survive? Not wanting to get rich.....just wanna live. Thanks for your help !!!
There are many, many such businesses here on STT and STJ doing the same thing already (and I assume on STX, as well, but I don't live there to know the climate for touristy charters there), so I don't think one more would hurt...but I would recommend contacting the charter companies and asking about their experiences and suggestions from them...
This type of business is not easy to start. US Coast Guard Certifications, insurance, boat slip, fuel just to name a few.
Plus...plenty of competition for those already established.
There are a few people on island having great lives doing this. Once you get to know people (which doesn't take long) you'll do fine.
This thread is a year old.
Yeah, I didn't realize when I woke up and looked that vicanuck bumped 9 threads from a year ago.
we tried it and it was a bust but good luck the insurance will kill ya