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|01-31-2011 10:13 AM|
|01-30-2011 07:56 PM|
Originally Posted by labatt View Post
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|01-30-2011 05:36 PM|
|labatt||Per prroots post - cheapest option for phone at this point is Google Voice. Free dedicated phone number (you pick from their extensive list), free calling to any US telephone #, free unlimited inbound calling, free voice mail (which transcribes voice mails to text and e-mails them if you'd like), and discount per minute calling to most worldwide countries - and no monthly fee. If you don't want to have to keep a computer on at all times and you have some form of an ethernet network running within your vessel, you can purchase the OBi110 ATA which has an ethernet port on one side and a port to connect to a regular phone on the other. It then connects to Google Voice and allows you to use a regular phone with the Google Voice system.|
|01-28-2011 08:06 PM|
As people who are actively cruising, have been for several years and plan to continue, I cannot give advice on the subject, but here is how we handle it:
Drivers License and voter registration in the state we started from - Hawaii
Car registration - who needs to own a car while cruising? We rent one as needed.
Street address for USCG Boat Document, anything else that requires a street address and mail - UPS Store. We have first class mail only forwarded. The cost is minimal and we never get junk mail.
In the 21st century one must have email and phone service.
Cell phones: We use TracPhones. Cheap, disposable. Cost about $20 for each phone plus $150 a year for minutes for both (We don't talk much and never txt)
Going out on limb here, but we think if you feel you have to yak on the phone and txt while sailing between ports, you might as well stay home.
For email we have our own domain(s) supported by our web sites. So far, the web sites have generated sufficient revenue to pay for the domain registration and hosting, just barely. We have always been able to find free internet access where ever we have been. Free email is available from Google, Hotmail etc. and may be a better solution but we like the control we have with our arrangement through Network Solutions.
Taxes, use fees etc. on the boat - Keep moving
The question was about cruising was it not?
If you are cruising, We think your boat should be documented. I don't mean to give advice here but being a documented vessel has saved us a lot of grief. In Hawaii, for example, documented vessels are exempt from state registration.
This is what works for us. It may or may not work for you.
|01-28-2011 07:14 PM|
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Relative to the mail forwarding service, we try to setup a separate address (eg, with a family member) to receive bulky stuff such as magazines and catalogs. The reason for this is you must pay to have mail forwarded and the cost can skyrocket as the weight climbs. This has nothing to do with your domicile, but it is something you may wish to consider.
As an aside, I wonder if the OP has lost interest in this thread since it has drifted pretty far afield from his original question!? Personally, we would like to help since we have previously addressed the very same issues.
Hope this helps.
|01-28-2011 05:15 PM|
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
I'm not confused with the use/sales tax. If you stay in MA long enough, they want use tax in excess of the sales tax you paid when you bought the boat. Since I'm in RI, I paid none. Therefore, I have to be sure not to stay in MA long enough to trigger their use tax. One time or not, I'll bet it is 100 times the annual excise/use/registration fees. I couldn't care less that they don't have a time triggered registration fee. By comparison, it would be peanuts.
|01-28-2011 07:14 AM|
Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
|01-28-2011 06:28 AM|
|01-28-2011 05:47 AM|
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
|01-27-2011 10:27 PM|
|Capetinho||The original question referred to establishing and maintaining a legal residence. I've lived overseas for the past 12 years using only a post office box and a friend's phone number in CONUS as my official abode and haven't had a single problem except with Barnes and Noble, which won't sell ebooks to overseas IP addresses, and there are ways around that. The IRS and credit card companies don't care. It's been a non-issue for me. Don't worry about it.|
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