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Old 10-11-2011, 13:38   #1
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Challenge: What Do You Bring to Trade Later when You Go Cruising ?

With just under 14 months to go before departing on my 5-7 year world cruise, I am trying to think of everything I can.


I doubt I will have much extra space in my boat, but if I do, what things would you bring for the sole purpose of trading at a later date and location?


In the Dry Tortugas we bring beer to trade with the fishmen and
shrimpers.

In the Bahamas we trade beer, fishing tackle, and such to fishermen.

In Honduras we gave our buddy some extra cordless drills. But he wanted us to ship him bathroom hardware from Lowes/Home Depot when we got back for this house.


Besides the normal things I will have aboard that I may later trade, I am thinking of also bringing cheap cigs, cheap masks/fisns, cheap power tools, etc.


Any other ideas?


For those that don't know, we trade for fish/shrimp/lobster, ice, water, fuel, parts, dockage, advice, welding work....
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Old 10-11-2011, 14:26   #2
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Re: What Do You Bring to Trade Later when You Go Cruising ?

Old money is good, greenbacks.
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Old 10-11-2011, 16:19   #3
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Re: What Do You Bring to Trade Later when You Go Cruising ?

I have been asked to send outboard engine parts,motocycle parts,books and cloths( you can fill a heavy duty trash bag with 60lbs of clothing and suck the air out with a vacum cleaner and it will reduce greatly in size)throw nets,school supplies,and medicines..if someone needs medicine it is best to give rather than trade and give to someone in the community that will share rather than sell to others...condoms(really)women in the islands love bed linens,curtains,cooking utinsls,canned foods,etc.etc.etc...DVC
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I would think $$$$$ would work the best, stores easily and low weight;-)
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Re: What Do You Bring to Trade Later when You Go Cruising ?

300 kg of cocaine??
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Old 14-11-2011, 21:08   #6
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Re: What Do You Bring to Trade Later when You Go Cruising ?

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I would think $$$$$ would work the best, stores easily and low weight;-)
Works just about everywhere you want to be...

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Re: What Do You Bring to Trade Later when You Go Cruising ?

I think the days of bringing down discount T-shirts warehoused since the '90s is over, save for kids' sizes to be handed out as goodwill gifts.

We are going to go with a steel boat able to carry a fairly well-equipped workshop. My idea is to trade light fabrication (plate steel or aluminum brackets made up, things riveted or bolted back together, minor electrical stuff) and contractor-level, mobile work (take a Honda 2000 and a 1/2 in. Makita and spend an afternoon drilling holes in studs) in various isolated islands in return for fresh food or diesel.

There's little that I would be likely able to do that an enterprising islander couldn't, but I might be able to do it faster just due to the extensive tool kit I bring for our own purposes. So "labour and skills for food" bartering is definitely an option, and of course it's a great way to meet people.

In addition, I'm sure there will be opportunities to take reasonably sized items between islands if we are going that way. Lashing a 55 gallon drum to my mast or foredeck isn't going to appreciably screw up my stability, and it beats doing it in a proa or a fishing dugout with a 15 HP loosely through-bolted to the back.

I think giving money is a bad idea in places where there is little to buy that isn't super-expensive already. I also think being seen to give money in many places is bound to attract resentment and, frankly, thieves. I'd rather be the guy known for helping Uncle build his feasting hut or putting the shingles back on the two-room clinic.
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Re: What Do You Bring to Trade Later when You Go Cruising ?

tobacco has been the currency of the sea for a long time, it's helped me plenty.
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Re: What Do You Bring to Trade Later when You Go Cruising ?

My wife and I have donated school supplies (pencils, rulers, child type safety scissors, tablet paper, and a wall size world map. Soccer balls (from the goodwill store) deflate and store easily and are always welcome. We've donated eye goggles (swimming type) bought at a dollar store, and reading eye glasses are always a needed item. Clothing for children and babies, cloth diapers, etc... And, don't forget the ladies like perfume, lipstick and make-up. Yes, it's nice to trade with beer, hooks, knives, etc..., but if you want to really get to know the locals, give from the heart and donate to the women and children too. You can't imagine the big smiles we've received as payment.
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Re: What Do You Bring to Trade Later when You Go Cruising ?

Outboard spark plugs and Costco reading glasses by the dozens.
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Re: What Do You Bring to Trade Later when You Go Cruising ?

s/vWindfall has it right IMO... On our travels we always had a supply of hand tools like screw driver sets, pliers, chisles, etc... we avoided power tools because many spots we visited didn't have recharge capability. School supplies for kids, swimming goggles, fishing gear always went over well.
Years ago we used to take bags of gentle used clothing in many sizes south with us but no longer. A good contact to make certain the stuff goes to those who need it is to contact the local priest or religious leader. They tend to know the best way to get stuff to needy folks. These things are really cheap to purchase Stateside and don't take up much space... by spreading the wealth a bit around the world, cruisers that follow you are warmly welcomed. Capt Phil
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Re: What Do You Bring to Trade Later when You Go Cruising ?

I saw a blog in the last couple of day that said they had a lot of success with a photo printer. Take a photo of a family, print it off of the computer. In very isolated areas, people don't have access to any kind of photography. Leaving them with a photo of them and their children will be a keepsake for the rest of their lives.
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Re: What Do You Bring to Trade Later when You Go Cruising ?

I bought 50 of these for $12 each and have traded one for up to 5 lobsters, never made a bad trade for one and always have one in my pocket, I also have many $25 Buck bait knives that I trade, useful tools go over very well and the recipient tells his friends so the offers keep coming as long as I’m in the anchorage.
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What a great idea, Adelie... thanks for sharing it... Capt Phil
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Re: What Do You Bring to Trade Later when You Go Cruising ?

In Latin America, ANYTHING electrical (tools, blenders, etc.) can be instantly traded for something else. Also, commercial fishing supply houses sell boxes of fish hooks and jigs very cheaply. Another trick is to visit the local cacique or local church, offer to repair something for free, and stand back. You will be invited to endless fiestas. I'm also going to take all of my old stainless fasteners, like screws and bolts, etc. Shampoo and bathing products are universally appreciated. And, if you take cases of Quicksilver Power Tune (a spray for cleaning outboard carburetors), you may be promoted to local priest or cacique in a heartbeat.
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