Originally Posted by ltrethew
Right there we go -- needed that key word to get me started. Now I'm seeing all the owners anxious to sell. Is there a reason that this island is the hotspot? I've been reading that Hawaii
isn't too friendly to cruisers so I guess it makes sense that not many boats end up there.
You ask why the boats end up there.
I have not been there myself.
But here is my take on it (others will have a different view):
1. Many people in Europe and USA want to "sail to the South Seas."
2. They buy a boat, sail it there, spend time on it cruising, and then decide they have had enough. So, they take it as "far as we can go" and then put it up for sale
. This happens to some boats that are taken to New Zealand and to Australia. I have read of many people doing this. The boat has to end up somewhere, and to take it back to Europe or East Coast
USA would be a LONG and expensive trip.
For example, to sail a boat from Malaysia to San Francisco
is about 7,000 nautical miles. That is a long trip, with not much to see (except maybe Japan). Not appealing to most cruisers.
3. In recent years, there was a significant increase in Pirates (Somalia, Horn of Africa). Because of that, many cruisers decided to NOT risk going further or through the Red Sea (Suez Canal) Route
. And, the alternative (go around South Africa) is considerably longer and has other risks. So, they decided to park their boat in Malaysia (or elsewhere) and wait till another year. But the Piracy
continued for several years. So…
4. Labor is less expensive (in SE Asian boat yards). Some boats are taken there for "refit" (e.g. new teak). Then it gets costly. Or the plans change. Etc.
Perhaps others here can add to this.