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post #4 of Old 04-19-2013
killarney_sailor
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Re: Solo From Aus to Thailand via png

For Indonesia, at the least, you have to work through a shipping agent which is not cheap unless you can get a group of boats to share the expense. That is why the Indonesia Rally helps, although you are much further west, but well-positioned for going to Thailand. The Indonesian authorities are very slowly easing the regulations but who knows how far and how fast. The officials are very pleasant and seem honest but they just seem completely bureaucratic. When we entered at Kupang there were 23! officials involved, all brought to one place by the rally and they were all busily filling in forms and stamping things. It was the first place that we really needed a boat stamp. Nice country,
Overly people, but very complicated.

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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