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Questions for the Dream
While I tackle the ever growing to do lists to plan, rebuild and outfit my older boat - I need a DREAM to always sit before me and pull me on. However, this dream of the South Pacific and beyond brings small (and not so small) questions for which I don't know the answers or probably the whole questions. So, in no particular order:
1: Demonstrate Insurance? Are we talking boat replacement property insurance (if a typhoon ate it) or are we talking liability (if the mast fell on the customs officer) It may be difficult to get property insurance on my 40 year old boat in the South Pacific. Liability insurance ...?
2: Demonstrate medical insurance
3: Demonstrate a return air ticket for all crew or post an equivalent bond? How do you provide this while moving slowly through the South Pacific - most of the 'open travel' type tickets I have looked at are expensive, good for a short time period with poor refund options and not usable in a lot of places (no airline) The bond appears rather expensive when considering bond fees and currency exchange fees besides being unwieldy (bank availability and operating schedule)
4: Demonstrate sufficient funds to provide for yourself during your stay - How? wad of travelers checks - bank balance - ball of cash - credit card balance ... and how much? Since I am retired - details of my monthly pensions?
5: Demonstrate Captain seamanship competency
6: It is recommended that one declare everything??? to departure and entering customs so you won't have problems with needing all of the receipts for everything
7: Are you able to provision a boat with staples at the beginning of your trip and not run afoul of local agricultural inspectors destroying your provisions because the provisions did not say 'canned in Australia' ... or how do you handle provisioning?
8: Like many who are chronologically challenged, I require a array of prescriptions for blood pressure and cholesterol. Will I run into problems with a large quantity of prescriptions (with the proper prescriptions and Doctor explanations) I plan also to have a first aid kit with antibiotics and pain medications (also with prescriptions and explanations) - these quantities will not be large unlike the maintenance prescriptions. Am I in for a big hassle? How do you handle it?
9: In addition to the boat's federal registration, ownership title???, detailed crew list, individual passports, visas???, itineraries and radio licenses - what else is needed regarding paperwork I can prepare beforehand?
10: I am planning on having a long-range radio communication setup - should that be a Ham set or SSB or are there legal options whereby I can use both frequencies with one radio. Also is a $500 modem still required between the radio and my netbook computer (or have folks figured out how to simulate a slow modem inside the computer with the high end audio cards or the inexpensive internal or USB modems the computers now have)
11: It is recommended I provide a small cache of gifts to thank people I meet for favors and kindnesses - while I am comfortable with small lighters, ball point pens and pencils and cards and notes on letterhead all imprinted with the boat's name, port, captain and address/website..., I do wonder how the inspectors will treat such gifts as garden seeds, fishing line/hooks and seasonings.
12: Remembering that I do not have an unlimited budget, are there recommendations for books and websites that would answer my questions so that I wouldn't overwhelm you with my questions