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How many outboard mechanics have you met that can even own a yacht? never mind pay the market rate for somebody to work on it.
Being able to work longer hours as a freelance just illustrates how poorly paid the job is compared with some others.
[/ QUOTE ] I'm working for a lot less than £30 per hour, and in fact have never earned that, not even in my short time in the oil industry. I own my house outright in a beautiful spot in the middle of one of the prime sailing areas in the UK plus we have our own ocean going yacht on a mooring in the bay half a mile away. and I don't even have to work every day if I don't want to.
Of course our house is very small, our TV is 20 years old, our furniture is Ikea or second hand, our clothes are mostly Tescos and our small car is 10 years old - but that's how we peioritise. If anyone who can pull in £30 an hour can't afford a yacht then it just isn't a priority for them.
So as you can see, paying someone £30 an hour to tinker with an outboard I paid £100 for in a pub really isn't an option. If it is for you then fine.
Interesting to hear what you consider is a reasonable income, Tranona. Most people round here think the national average wage is a fantasy. Not all yachties are loaded, some of us have had to make a few sacrifices for our sailing.