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Re: Where does the dollar go the furthest?
Something to consider is whether you want to get somewhere as quickly as possible and stay there or cruise and want to know the costs along the way. Our experience has been, using the US as a basis for comparison (assuming you are anchoring out):
Significantly more expensive: Australia (MacDonalds have 30 cent ice cream cones and that is the only bargain), French Polynesia, Galapagos, Easter Island
Significantly cheaper: Panama, Ecuador, Fiji, Vanuatu, Indonesia
Roughly the same: Canada, American Samoa, most of the Eastern Caribbean
Something else to consider is the availability of parts. Of the countries listed only a few have really decent marine parts available - US, Canada, Australia, American Samoa (order from West or Defender with delivery through USPS), St Martin, Grenada, USVI. If you are going elsewhere bring it or do without generally.
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?).