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I don't intend on performing in the Bahamas or Mexico, however, if I were I would procure the migrant worker visa before doing so.

I can, and have performed aboard vessels, and even if they are foreign flagged, I am not required to obtain a worker visa. The vessel's corporation provides for this, even when the vessel is berthed in foreign waters.

In the Florida Keys as a U.S. citizen, I do not need anything other than my driver's license as proof of citizenship, but I carry my passport aboard my boat when I'm sailing outside U.S. territorial waters.

Hope to see many of you down in the keys next November,

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$50 to $70 a page? Most magazines and newspapers pay by the article and per photo used. Feature stories, 800 to 1,500 words plus a couple top-quality photos, in a national publication, usually brings anywhere from $600 to $1,200 for the article/photo package. If you are lucky enough to get a cover photo, you could pick up another $1,200 to $1,500 from the top publications.

Newspapers pay far less, but if you pick up a regular column you could earn $500 a week for a single, weekly article of 800 to 1,200 words, plus a couple photos.

Some regional magazines will pay about the same as newspapers, but local magazines, those that cover a single state usually pay about half that.

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Jack,

A few posts back, I covered this. I do not approve of sailors cruising into foreign ports and intruding upon local businesses.

I do think it's acceptable within one's own country. IE "coastal" cruising.
we will have to let these other sailors know that bubblehead does not approve. i am sure they will consult him for his blessing next time!

travelineasy, so this person that said "that article writers make next to nothing on their work", is talking about a field that he obviously knows nothing of?
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we will have to let these other sailors know that bubblehead does not approve. i am sure they will consult him for his blessing next time!

travelineasy, so this person that said "that article writers make next to nothing on their work", is talking about a field that he obviously knows nothing of?
I made a pretty good living as a freelance writer for more than 35 years. I was able to purchase a home, support my family, put some money in the bank, and buy a couple boats. At one point I wrote for more than two-dozen publications, some of which you may recognize. The largest newspaper in which I had a weekly column was the Washington Post Weekend Section. I also provided special feature sections for the Baltimore Sun and York Dispatch. Some of the magazines included: Game & Fish, Outdoor Life, Saltwater Sportsman, Field & Stream, The Fisherman Magazines, Ira Black's Noreaster, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Mariner, and a large number of smaller publications. None of them paid by the page. They all based their pay scales on word count and photos. Now, there may be a publication out there that pays their writers per page, but I just don't know who they are.

It's obvious, at least to me, that most print publications are on thin, financial ice. The page count is much lower than any time I can recall, the number of advertisers has fallen substantially, and the paper quality, with few exceptions, has been degraded to make up their shortfalls. Blogs, which are mostly free, have taken displaced much of the print media space. Additionally, the cost of mailing, which is a major component in the publishing worlds overhead cost, has risen by an alarming rate during the past decade. The increased cost has been passed along to the consumer, which adversely impacts the circulation.

For me, at 71 years of age, I'm still making a good living as an entertainer, but as a freelance writer I'm down to just a few publications now. I guess as long as I can still sing, play my keyboard, and keep audiences on the dance floor I'll still have work. I just got home from a dinner music performance, the person there that books the music jobs wants to book me for Valentines Day, but ironically, that date was booked nearly a year ago. I just wish I were 20 years younger so I could work, and sail, more than I currently do now.

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Can you give some examples of entry fees >$300? I've been planning some long distance cruising next year. My research, with piles of entry information, must be faulty because the Bahamas fee seems to be comparatively pretty steep. French Polynesia hasn expensive bond, but you get that back when you exit. Are there some surprises I'm not aware of? Would appreciate any specific info you have from your experiences.
If you make it to Malaysia you will find that there are no entry fees, light fees, visa fees, quarantine fees, mooring fees, anchoring fees etc. 90 day visa granted free upon arrival. Easy to go to Singapore for a day to renew your visa. Also can sail to Thailand, Borneo, Philippines.

Last night we had a "FREE" dinner with Malaysian prime minister in Penang as part of the Chinese New Year Celebrations.

Keep heading West!
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If you make it to Malaysia you will find that there are no entry fees, light fees, visa fees, quarantine fees, mooring fees, anchoring fees etc. 90 day visa granted free upon arrival. Easy to go to Singapore for a day to renew your visa. Also can sail to Thailand, Borneo, Philippines.

Last night we had a "FREE" dinner with Malaysian prime minister in Penang as part of the Chinese New Year Celebrations.

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Hoping I don't high jack this thread here, but are you on the hook, mooring or in a slip most of the time? What kinds of mooring/slip fees are you paying? What's the cost of living like for you?
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Hoping I don't high jack this thread here, but are you on the hook, mooring or in a slip most of the time? What kinds of mooring/slip fees are you paying? What's the cost of living like for you?
Mostly on the hook.

While I was commuting to Japan by 777, Aeventyr was in a resort marina(pool, golf cosre, tennis courts, restaurants, bar etc. I paid a year in advance and it worked out to 150 bucks a month.

Slip fees vary between the government run (Jabatan Laut) marinas and private concerns. As little as $130 bucks a month including power and water. Now in Penang it's $240 a month. Up in Langkawi (AKA-God's waiting room) it probably is closer to $400 a month, supply and demand. Thai marina;s up in Phuket are in the 350-400 bucks a month range.

Many, many good places to anchor. Boat projects here for another 2 weeks and then will cruise Langkawi and Thailand for the next 5 months.

Cost of living, can be really cheap. Dinner about 8-10 bucks for 2, no booze. Lunch $5-6 and brekki 3-5, eating like locals of course.

Langkawi is a duty free port, so beer is 8 bucks a case, Stoli 9 bucks a liter, Some gin and vodka as low as 6 bucks a liter. Diesel is $2.20 a gallon. we can buy fresh fruit and veggies for 2 weeks around 20-30 bucks.

500 bucks a month goes a long, long way.....

Maybe you should consider buying a small boat in Langkawi or Singapore? Plenty of decent boats around. Easy cruising.
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Do you speak the local language? We only know English and some can argue we are not good at that either...lol Do you think we'll have a problem?

What resort did you have your boat at for $150/mo?

BTW We thank you for the information, do you have a blog or web site?
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Do you speak the local language? We only know English and some can argue we are not good at that either...lol Do you think we'll have a problem?

What resort did you have your boat at for $150/mo?

BTW We thank you for the information, do you have a blog or web site?
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Sorry for the double post, We are having problems with the web site or our ISP tonight???
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