Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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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.
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.