Couple wanting to relocate to St. Thomas, eager to learn, interested in starting our own charter fishing or snorkeling business after mentoring for a couple seasons
My husband and I live in Las Vegas Nevada, we want to sell our residence and use our equity money to relocate to St. Thomas. We would eventually like to have a boat that could support our lifestyle. About that takes people out on ventures such as fishing or snorkeling. We are not looking to get rich just to pay the rent. We would love to mentor with an established company, and perhaps in time help with their overflow business if they in fact are turning down any charters. we are willing to work hard and put in our time before expecting to make money. Are we being realistic at all? Are there people on the island that are willing to give someone knew a chance?
Sorry, used my talking app. should have used my spell check!
Before you sell your home, best to visit and check with various charter companies and daysail and fishing operations and owners. There's a lot of competition plus we have a short season with business falling off around May to end of Oct.
Check with DPNR and DLCA about anchorages and moorings, costs of boat registration and fees, business licenses, etc.
Check with marinas if thinking of living at a marina on the dock.
Check with other boaters about costs they encounter andcompanies about insurance for business and boat.
Basically, do your homework. There's a lot involved.
Great to have a dream but reality takes work and you need to know these things up front to see if your dream can become your reality.
Which island are you considering. STT better for charter businesses.
As far as this and your other thread are concerned, you may not realize that there's a ton of information at your fingertips in the pull-down menus top of this page.
There is little likelihood of your finding jobs before you come here and best bet is to make a PMV so you can scout out job opportunities. If coming here "cold" you need at least $10K to cover first month's rent, last month's rent and security plus utility deposits, plus money to buy a car, plus money to keep you going until you find employment. It's pretty much spelled out in all the general information. Good luck!
Most importantly, do either of you hold a captain's license?
Check USCG regs and requirements for the size vessel and number of passengers required.
that was my question alana-any experience on boating at all . lot more involved than just saying you want to do this.
Thank you for all of your input, we do plan on doing a lot of research and that's why we wanted to come out and hopefully work with a company that does those sorts of things for a few seasons before even thinking of taking it on ourselves with our own business. I will be putting out feelers regarding prices,insurances, and such.
Good luck to you!
To qualify for even the most entry level MMD -[USCG Captain] you will need 360 days underway at sea certified on a USCG Sea Service document.
Also, if you check, there are tons of charter businesses and they wind up laying off people especially during the slow season.
In STT bank on Sept and Oct no work at all. Also keep in mind you need big $$$ insurance. The company I worked for had to have 3 million in insurance as they did talks at the resorts. If you want to be in that loop you'll need the same. make DAMN sure you have a GOOD lawyer too and an iron clad waiver. Trust me!!!