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post #11 of 18 Old 09-21-2010
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Many, many cruisers make the milkrun through the Pacific on less than $1500/mo. The trick would be having a bluewater boat that's paid for before starting the voyage. I'd go now if I had the right boat since I've got a telecommuting job that pays the bills. Until then, I'll keep saving up to pay cash for a bluewater voyager.

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I doubt the debt collectors will find you in Bora Bora!
Ah but they WILL! Aren't all the bank's headquarters now located offshore? You'll probably run away from them just to anchor outside their headquarters.

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Some cruisers avoid Tahiti due to the bond and any re provisioning can be expensive, if you have a reasonable provisions on board and just buy fresh fruit and vegs then the cost is OK. Once you get into the other islands, living is very cheap. One decision to consider is where you go after places like Fiji, some go south to New Zealand , some go west to Australia. Both of these countries are relarively cheap to live aswell. I would avoid NZ ( I live there at the moment) , the trip from NZ to Australia, although relatively short can be a rough crossing. The weather in NZ is variable all year. There is some fantastic cruising on the east coast of Aussie. If you need a top up to your cruising budget, get cash work in Aussie is easier than the islands.
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My girlfriend is from France and has a four year working contract on Moorea Island (French Polynesia). I spent last winter there with her exploring the islands and culture. Forget Bora Bora. Yes the lagoon is vantastic and there are many nice anchorages but its 6 dollars for just a glass of orange juice. Put Moorea and Huahine islands at the top of your list. Moorea has a ferry boat to Tahiti about 8 dollars each way and there food is less expensive. If you have a bike thats a +. It takes forever (over 30 days) for anything mailed through the postal service to get to you from america so keep that in mind. Customs clearing is easy and they are nice. Of course French is whats spoken although you can get along with only english. On one of the atolls they grow grapes and make an interesting wine, make sure you get a bottle. And one last thing, yes its just like you have been dreaming about, like nothing I have ever seen before.
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Don't website like Noonsite (www.noonsite.com) give lots of good info about visiting different countries?
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Noonsite.com, which was started by Jimmy Cornell but has been sold to new management since, is still a great resource about different countries and what is required for visiting them via sailboat.

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maxing a credit card and then skipping out is called "theft". Thieves are criminals. Also known as "assholes"
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maxing a credit card and then skipping out is called "theft". Thieves are criminals. Also known as "assholes"
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