area. Plenty of US boats from disillusioned US sailors. Prices high (taxes). Quality low (very rainy). Given time, knowledge and patience you WILL find a good boat there though.
The good side of NZ is that expensive as their marine
services may seem, the high number of good riggers, sailmakers and engine
mechanics will let you not only have everything fixed but also fish
for a good deal. I had my rigging
renewed there and some sails
made, both jobs were top notch and the men
new what they were doing. My engine mechanic
was a let down though.
I used the ORAMS boatyard which was famed to be the most expensive, somehow they gave me the lowest quote from all North Island placed I asked (Opua, Whangarei, Tutukaka, Tauranga). The Orams not only gave me the best price
but their staff went a long way towards making sure I got all I needed for my planned sail from NZ to Europe
. This included machining some impossible-to-get parts
, at no extra cost ....