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    Sailing in Thailand.

    I have had my eye on a 23' yacht here in Brisbo. It is for sale for $24,000 and I wondered/dreamt about buying it and sailing up to Thailand. Is there safe birth for sailing craft in Thailand and what services might they offer a mariner if any? I am a Captain after all.:CS:

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    That's more mental than me buying a bike!

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    I think that is a marvellous idea… and just to think all ones accommodation problems are taken care of…!

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    Loads of places to stay in the south and around the islands but remember Cap boats are high maintenance.
    My brother bought a 32 ft yacht for around $12,000 and sold it 2 years and about 60 sea hours later for $2,500.
    It were great fun for a while but maintenance.................fark.
    See if you can pick up cheapies and bring 'em over and flog for a profit!

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    I'll be your Cabin Boy, Cap'n. I've always fancied sailing the Pacific.

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    Errrr, obviously nothing homo about my last post. I just meant good manly fun, all back-slapping and beer-drinking and stuff.

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    ^ I see another batty boy is here....

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    David Batty was ace, never should have sold him to Blackburn....

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    Don't forget about his years spent at Newcastle Utd.

    A mighty fine player he was.

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    I thought he was shite, actually.

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    So do the mariners offer telephone lines to the berths?

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    just buy a mobile...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    just buy a mobile...
    I was thinking about net access. I got a mobile already.:scratchch

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    Oddly enough, this was sent to me by a member on the otter channel.

    Good used boat suggestions for all price ranges.
    http://www.mahina.com/boats.html

    Link site.
    http://cruisenews.net/index.php

    Online listings for boats for sale.
    http://www.yachtworld.com/

    Sailing related online articles.
    http://www.sailnet.com/collections/a...&type=1&tfr=fp

    I have plenty more sailing links but these are some of the best.

    Oh I almost forgot .... Good private page by a sailor dude:
    http://www.atomvoyages.com/
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sensible
    I have had my eye on a 23' yacht here in Brisbo. It is for sale for $24,000 and I wondered/dreamt about buying it and sailing up to Thailand. Is there safe birth for sailing craft in Thailand and what services might they offer a mariner if any? I am a Captain after all.:CS:
    I was told by a sailor (a real one, that is) that the two best times are when you have just bought a boat, and when you have just sold it.

    Good dreams though. I know a guy who bought a good wooden fishing boat near Koh Chang, comes over for about 6 months a year and just goes fishing, hangs out etc. It gets looked after by friends when he goes back to earn some more cash. He loves it.
    I have reported your post

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    Check out 'Taco Sail' off of Bagna Trat Rd. You can sail and land...

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    Where did my homer simpson hmm..... Taco post go. Damn high tech gear.

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    I wouldn't sail here from Aus. in anything less than 35 feet.......and I'd wan't to have plenty of big guns on board in the event of being attacked by pirates.
    Not that I would want to shoot them myself. I'd hire my own 'motley crew' to help me make a safe passage...preferably teenage ninja japanese college girls

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    Actually, I have decided against sailing to the Los as there are so few places to stop to buy a pack of ciggies. I am still interested in the idea of live aboard there but cant seem to find any links to marina's that offer berths with services. Have we got anybody in or around Phuket here at Teakdoor?

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    Again a member on the otter channel has sent me a pm with information about sailing in Thailand. The member in question has not requested anonymity though until the member does they shall remain so. The reason that he is sending this info to me by pm at the otter channel and not posting it here himself is that he is not yet a member here and believes that one forum is enough for him just now. I can understand that, With now 92 active members Teakdoor is growing fast.

    Anyway, the following info was offered freely and I thank him for it.

    Boats can be very expensive. If you just want a weekender you can get away with just about anything but if you want to do any long distance sailing you gotta do lots of research.

    Hull integrity, blistering, rig selection and condition, electrical and electronic systems are all critical. One of the most important things to get familiar with are the different hull design characteristics and what tendances they will give the boat.

    Here are a few of my favorite boats in the 29-35 foot range (all offshore capable).

    Bristol 29.9 $40,000
    Allied Seawind $35,000
    Allied Seawind II $60,000
    Alberg 30 $30,000
    Alberg 35 $50,000
    Pearson 365 $65,000
    Bayfield 29 $30,000
    Bayfield 32 $60,000
    CSY 33 $55,000

    All the above prices are in american dollars for boats in good condition.

    If you research these boats you will find most are 20+ years old but don't let that hold you back from them. A new boat with similar quality to the above will run you $200,000+. The biggest drawback to these older boats is that they have less interior volume than new boats but on the other hand they generally have better offshore sailing characteristics.

    Oh and by the way....Plan to spend approx. 10% of the value of the boat on maintenance/year.
    Yikes! The 10% bit makes you think. Still if you are living on board it sure does compare favourably with either renting or buying a condo.

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    Hi all

    Since the Capt. induced me to out myself from lurker to poster I figured I should post to the thread he has been shamelessly quoting me in.

    I wasn't trying to be exclusive or anything by not posting here I just feel like a bit of a wanker getting on all these Thailand forums without ever having been there (yet!). I figure this is my little hi to the board post since there is no newbie area, unless I missed it.

    This thread is near to my heart as up until recently I was on the fence as to what I would do in the near term. Quit job and attempt to circumnavigate or quit job and move to Thailand to be a sexpat err I mean engrish teacher err I mean (you get it). I have decided to do the Thailand thing and as a result have joined this wonderfull board.

    Oh and by the way Cap. do a google on "noonsite" and "sailing". You should get a link to a site that is associated to Jimmy Cornell and his ARC cruises. It has specific information about most sailing destination countries and is quite detailed on legal and other requirements. The biggest thing that is gonna ruin your plans though is that to keep a boat in Thailand long term you must import it and pay import tax. Just think how bad they would screw you on importing a car to Thailand then multiply it by 10x.

    One last note to the admins...I would like to keep my Email address private as you will no doubt understand when you see it. I know I should have done all this through hotmail and all that but I am too lazy.

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    23 footer, sailing to Thailand, are you Albey Mangels or something? Just steer clear of the Straits of Malacca! My 28 footer is for sale down at Port Stephens, let me know if you are serious and I will send pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanuk Canuk
    Hi all
    The biggest thing that is gonna ruin your plans though is that to keep a boat in Thailand long term you must import it and pay import tax.
    But the times they are a changin my friend, Thailand is becoming more boat (sorry, I mean yacht) friendly!

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    One last note to the admins...I would like to keep my Email address private as you will no doubt understand when you see it. I know I should have done all this through hotmail and all that but I am too lazy.
    Only two ppl can see your email addy and I am one of them, but alas I have no idea of where it is in the control panel, but I should add that there is a weekly newsletter done every few weeks, it should be every week,well you know how it is, but this is a mass email to all members, so it's not just you, but the emails don't show then..

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    You cheeky fokker dog. hehehe

    Welcome Sanuk and thanks for your advice. I know what you mean about import duty etc as I have been through the gambit about riding my beastie motorcycle overland to Los. It just aint worth it.
    Again thanks for the links.

    I am still interested in sailing in Thailand. Well, why wouldnt you be. Thailand has such favourable waters for sailing.

    Stick around Sanuk, or at least check back here. You are very welcome and we have a very relaxed approach. Enjoy.

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