Just Back From Our PMV
Well we made it!! Just got back a week ago from our PMV. We loved it!!
For all those thinking of moving down to STT, here is what we did.
Day one got off the plane and got us a couple of Red Stripes, walk over to the rental car place Avis, stood in line for 20 mins to get our rental car (by the way there was only one person in line before us and the girl behind the counter was eating a bag of chips and not helping at all) Not getting upset with this is a must, there is not much customer service what we have found. We finally got our car and we were on our way (driving on the left was not hard at all, I got use to it after 10 mins). We got to our condo Point Pleasant, it is not at all what the pictures are like on expedia, very dirty and smelly. My wife had a little problem with this but I was finally on the island and nothing was going to upset me. We went down to Fungi's and had a drink and ate some food It was nice just to be on the water.
Day two just like this board said do your daily stuff, we went to the grocery store, gas station, shopping at Kmart. It was great just a little tougher than Columbus, Oh. The cashier at the grocery store was very nice and friendly, she stop checking us out to go say hi to a past customer, that was nice to see something like that.
The rest of our stay was driving into town for the job interview (tough to find a parking space), cooking lunch and going out for dinner into Redhook. We did take a day sail to STJ that was fun, went to Megan's Bay that is a very nice place, went to get chairs and the lady's at the counter felt put out that I was asking to rent chairs. Like I said you can't let this get to you, I just smiled and was very friendly with them asking them to have a great day, and went on my way.
We will be relocating in Aug or Sept now, we have just sold our home and going to live with family for 6 months to save up about 15,000 to get us thru our move, sounds like alot but I want this to work so much I am not taking any chances of barely getting by.
I will be in sales coming down making a decent money. I have always wanted to work on a boat and learn to sail dose any one know how much someone can make ?
Thanks to everyone for all the help,
Did you check out any places to live? (Not that you could rent now but possibly get an idea on how much you'd be paying?) How did the job interview go?
We only looked in the areas that we would like to stay, we found over by Megan's Bay is very nice and we found signs up for places to rent but we didn't stop, we didn't want to wast peoples time because we were not moving until Sept. Also Red Hook looks like a great place to live, any advice? Well the interview didn't really go, she was too busy to meet with me and we were leaving the next day. Have have spoken with her on the phone and via email and It really sounds like I will have a job when I get on the island. One thing I have found if you really want to work you will find a job. About the boat thing do you know anyone that works on an boat and is it a descent living? I would like one day to buy a boat and do charters for a day sail if all possible. I would like to know more about your or anyones experiences on the islands.
lots of descent living on the islands.... people getting deeper and deeper in debt... LOL
just playing off of decent...
I don't know anything about working on boats but I've found that reliable, hard workers can do well here with the right attitude. Wishing you all good luck. It might not be where you want to stay after a while but you won't know until you get here. It's not all pina coladas & lazing on the beach, but I'm sure you realize that.
my suggestion is to work on a boat or several boats for awhile to get the feel of the business. There is a lot more to it then just getting a boat and heading out. Insurance, business license, etc...it all takes time and money to get "legal" to take passengers. I know several people who do charters and they make great money. If you do another pmv go ahead and look at places for rent. You might want to get an idea of what you get for your money. It was shocking for us at first. Your goal for saving money is actually pretty realistic because you blow through it fast setting up shop. Some can do it on much less, but we spent easily that much getting started with housing, deposits, cars, insurance (you pay it all at once for the year), etc...good luck!
Re: Boats- Do you have any boat experience? If not, you could start as crew on a day boat. If you do have experience, do you have any captaining certification? I know a guy who stepped onto a megayacht as third mate, with no boating knowledge and is now captain of one, many years later. Good work ethic, good mentoring, etc.