Hi I2F, thanks - I am not so familiar with cats, but we have seen a fair number in Whangarei boatyard where he specializes with the hauling of cats. He had some specialized platform, with hydraulics I believe. Here, it is not that fancy. You can place planks right across. You want steel
bars? They will put steel
bars. I am not joking, sometimes they go overboard
in trying to please you. They ask and you say - that's ok, no need, the next thing you know, there it is!
No, I haven't heard of other boats in the PHilippines
coming over to Davao. They haven't been advertising outside, not even in the local papers.
I did get an email
- this year, it seems like there are several talks of routes between vanuatu
and the philippines
. This is the same route
we have taken and when we did it last year, it was a very lonely passage
. Not too much info either, and a lot of "not a smart move".
Regardless, I believe it is a combination of several factors: the Piracy
, the economy, and more info available out there. Those who plan to sail to europe
through from Oz-Bali-Malacca are thinking twice now and excited to try alternative routes. Those affected by the economy are lured by the low costs in the Philippines or SE Asia
. And we were with a German net all the way - speaking English
- lots of them listening to our difficulties, but we did it
. I don't know, but I sure would like to get other cruisers' take on this.