Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: Brisbane to Darwin - impressions
If you went to Thursday Island it would be another $300 for a new quarantine inspection. TI is only a few miles off the coast. We could have seen it when we went by except that there were other islands in the way.
Not much use doing a book about entering and clearing since everyone's experience is different, even in the same location. Some people in Fiji last year were being hit for a fumigation charge. We talked to one Kiwi boat and there cost for entering Fiji was almost $1000 (US) by the time all was said and done. The easiet and cheapest we have found were the French islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Worst are the Spanish speaking countries like Panama and Ecuador, although Chile (Easter Island) was OK. Oz is not nearly the worst, but far from the best. You just grin and bear it.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.