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Old 23-07-2010, 03:10   #1
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What's Wrong with Starting the Dream Down Under ?

Anyone getting close to buying their boat and joining the dream lifestyle should consider starting it in New Zealand. Excellent crusing location and climate outside of the hurricane zone. Good selection of offshore cruising vessels. Reasonaable cost of living; provisioning, boat maintenance, marinas, etc. No mandatory yacht registration (or health insurance for that matter). Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Australia only a week away on a 50 footer. Why wouldn't you give it serious consideration? Cheers.
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Old 23-07-2010, 03:16   #2
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The accent??? Naaa - only joking! The sooner they reintroduce direct flights between here and there the better. Love it! Great skiing and boating - friendly people!
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Old 23-07-2010, 03:19   #3
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I, a yank, started in Malaysia. Why not? Zero weeks from fabulous cruising.
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Old 23-07-2010, 06:17   #4
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Old 23-07-2010, 06:31   #5
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Anyone getting close to buying their boat and joining the dream lifestyle should consider starting it in New Zealand. Excellent crusing location and climate outside of the hurricane zone. Good selection of offshore cruising vessels. Reasonaable cost of living; provisioning, boat maintenance, marinas, etc. No mandatory yacht registration (or health insurance for that matter). Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Australia only a week away on a 50 footer. Why wouldn't you give it serious consideration? Cheers.
In the current market, the USA/Caribbean/Mexico area has some fire sale prices compared to here in Aus. What is the NZ market like right now?
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Old 23-07-2010, 07:03   #6
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I hardly can wait until I get to NZ... and Tonga and the rest.

Your boat is too big for my liking though, and my wallet size!

Good luck in selling it anyway
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Old 23-07-2010, 08:27   #7
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Because I'd have to end up there to tie the knot! <Just kidding

Your comments are dead on. They make great boats, are fine folks, and the sailing grounds are close. Add in a good exchange rate and it's a real possibility for many.
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