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post #13 of Old 08-28-2013
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

The idea that touristy places like to soak the tourists is not new, but it should not be done to extremes like this, and would probably generate a lot more revenue if it were lowered to almost nothing or nothing. People on yachts have always been thought to be mega rich, but in truth sailboats under 50' in length are reasonable in price so that a couple can purchase a nice used one and go sailing when they retire early. retiring early already entails some financial discipline and likely some sacrifice, so sailors tend to be somewhat cheap. However, they also tend to like to eat, bathe, buy crap for relatives at home, and generally spend money on stuff either because they have to or they want to, and a sailboat which spends months in a country will bring some good revenue. If the Bahamas and other places would look at trying to actually help bring more people into their waters for longer periods of time, I think they would find overall revenues could go far higher than what some increase in fees would produce. The real losers in an increase like the one proposed and temporarily shelved in the Bahamas are the people of the Bahamas who earn their living off of the boats that come to sail in Bahamian waters.

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