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Steve1980
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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?

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Posted : November 19, 2017 12:23 pm
sttanon
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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

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Posted : November 21, 2017 12:05 pm
fdr
 fdr
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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.

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Posted : November 21, 2017 1:05 pm
vicanuck
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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.

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Posted : November 21, 2017 1:57 pm
NugBlazer
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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.

Cruzans do it better.

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Posted : November 23, 2017 3:48 pm
Gumbo
(@Gumbo)
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Which island are you considering, STT also offers plenty of work for someone good at marine repair or generator repair or appliance repair or..........

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Posted : November 23, 2017 11:21 pm
AandA2VI
(@AandA2VI)
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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.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!

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Posted : November 24, 2017 11:05 pm
rmb2830
(@rmb2830)
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for certain

we would be thrilled

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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Posted : November 25, 2017 12:29 am
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