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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Country fees are a significant cost. It gets cheaper if you stay in one country for a longer time, but then you can run up against visa limits and extensions. We found the expensive ones were Panama, Ecuador, Galapagos, French Polynesia, and Australia.

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I would agree. Six months in the Bahamas for $300 is probably the bargain of the century in terms of vacation deals.
And if your boat is 30' or less the fee is only $150 for 12 months, and this includes a fishing license.

In B.C. an annual non resident's fishing license costs $106

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Thanks everyone. Yeah if we stay longer it would definitely make it a better value. We are planning to head down and stay in St. John USVI at first, and we will take our time getting there as much as possible. I'm just thinking about islands that you are truly just passing through but want to stop and anchor for the night. Or if we are in usvi and want to go over to bvi for the day to snorkel. That's where it seems to become a little tricky and expensive.
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Just thought I'd share this with my favourite thread. We are inching closer to cutting the dock lines.

Over the past month I've been contorting my aging and broken back into tiny twisty spaces as I race to finish all those final projects. So far my partner and I have:
  • Installed new stove/oven (Force10).
  • Built and installed new cabinetry, expanding storage space in the salon.
  • Built hinged solar panel brackets.
  • Installed new solar panels.
  • Installed new charge controller (for wind gen and solar).
  • Re-bedded leaking stanchions.
  • Installed new VHF(DSC)/GPS/AIS radio.
  • End-to-end chain, and remarked.
  • Adjusted stuffing box.
  • De-winterized engine and plumbing.
  • New anti-foul.
And a bunch more smaller stuff that seems to go on and on... Tomorrow we launch!

I can hardly wait to get away from the dock so I can get some rest. I think we'll sail to a nearby anchorage and just relax for a week.

Why go fast, when you can go slow.
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Hooray MikeO!!!! That is so great! Thank you for the update. Please keep posting as you are able. I am looking at another year before I can cut the lines, so any vicarious inspiration you can muster will be a huge boost. Take Care!


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Mike, I know about the aging, twisted, contorted back and the associated pain - I experience it every day now. When you get down my way, look me up and you'll get to see the paint job I'm doing on the Morgan 33 OI - It's looking more and more like a brand new boat.

Hope to see you this summer,

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Hooray MikeO!!!! That is so great! Thank you for the update. Please keep posting as you are able. I am looking at another year before I can cut the lines, so any vicarious inspiration you can muster will be a huge boost. Take Care!
Thanks MrHoneydew. I'll post when I can (and we're not gone yet). A year goes by pretty fast. You'll be out there before you know it. Hope we bump into each other.

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Mike, I know about the aging, twisted, contorted back and the associated pain - I experience it every day now. When you get down my way, look me up and you'll get to see the paint job I'm doing on the Morgan 33 OI - It's looking more and more like a brand new boat.

Hope to see you this summer,
Ain't it the truth. I'm not quite at your age yet Gary, but I managed to break a whole lot of bones in an accident when I was younger. I swear, my body is 20 years older than my what my birth certificate claims.

My mantra this past few weeks, after working in small corners all day, has been: "Honey, we need a 50-footer!" Of course my darling wife (who has also been working hard) just smiles lovingly and tells me to suck it up. She's so sweet .

I really hope we'll see meet up Gary, but it won't be this summer. Our destination is Lake Ontario this year. We want to do the St. Lawrence, so our ambitions are small (by most of you guys' standards). Besides, we really do live by my signature line. But we'll see that shinny Morgan of yours some day Gary.

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Congrats on the start of the journey !
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Country fees are a significant cost. It gets cheaper if you stay in one country for a longer time, but then you can run up against visa limits and extensions. We found the expensive ones were Panama, Ecuador, Galapagos, French Polynesia, and Australia.
Where did you find the best balance between being a safe and somewhat modern country, and inexpensive.

When I was younger, like 16, and I should get back into looking at some information, I used to spend hours looking at places I could go for months and years of almost nothing. I think my conclusions at the time, and things are probably different were:

Egypt
Morocco
Indonesia
Costa Rica
Fiji


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Im glad this thread started again...

for me at least I can comment on central america...and costa rica is by far the most expensive and touristy for general "living" but of course has the biggest international community, expats, etc...

nicaragua has it beat hands down today...is less populated and much safer than surrounding countries(el salvador, honduras, guatemala) is very cheap, very safe, very beautiful

those last 3 countries(mine included) have the worst crime in the area...followed by belize, and finally panama

I would comment on the pros of el salvador but it would be a biased opinion honestly...so I wont...but plenty to do and cheaper at least than others in the area

barely though...

anywhoo

hope this thread gets back on track, missed it!

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