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Old 18-01-2013, 20:28   #991
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There are about 80 Pacific Charts from the Galapagos westwards. None for Oz. They weigh probably about 5 kg, not really sure.
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Old 18-01-2013, 21:59   #992
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G'Day Vic,

Here's my take on your query:

It seems likely that you won't be making that passage again for some years, if ever. So, buying expensive charts for your plotter is kinda wasteful of your cruising dollars. You already seem to have a computer (or two) on board, so the OpenCPN option will cost you nothing incrementally. That excellent program plus the readily available CM93 charts will be quite adequate for the trip. It is what we use by choice, BTW.

Both of the above methods assume that you will have paper backup charts and a separate GPS just in case of... whatever! And Jimbo's offer is a great way to have most of those charts at low cost (nice one, Jimbo).

HOpe that things are coming together for you guys!

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Okay so what if you just sail into the Australian coast without letting customs or immigration know, slip into your local marina head to the registration office with a doggy reciept and get your boat registered for $350.... To easy and a lot less paperwork
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Okay so what if you just sail into the Australian coast without letting customs or immigration know, slip into your local marina head to the registration office with a doggy reciept and get your boat registered for $350.... To easy and a lot less paperwork
Yeah. Yery likely. Been offshore?

Jimbo, how many times did you get overflown by Customs? Don't know anyone who does not.

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Okay so what if you just sail into the Australian coast without letting customs or immigration know, slip into your local marina head to the registration office with a doggy reciept and get your boat registered for $350.... To easy and a lot less paperwork
How about more paper work, Court time loss of boat, huge fines and whatever else they can throw at you or you in. Customs Know where and who you at all times,. Mid way between Noumea and Oz I felt it was nice for them to come so far out personally to say g'day.. once the first day then twice the 2nd.
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Okay so what if you just sail into the Australian coast without letting customs or immigration know, slip into your local marina head to the registration office with a doggy reciept and get your boat registered for $350.... To easy and a lot less paperwork
"Too easy"?? Mate, you need a reality check! The Customs guys really do have the approaches to Oz zeroed in and you will NOT just ease into your marina with no notice. What you describe is a great way to meet new people... folks you might never have run into otherwise... folks with tattooed knuckles and very short hair.

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Yeah. Yery likely. Been offshore?

Jimbo, how many times did you get overflown by Customs? Don't know anyone who does not.

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Funnily enough, we didn't get buzzed by Customs aircraft on the way in. I don't know why not. Maybe they were trialling high altitude overflights so we didn't see them but they saw us? Who knows? I wouldn't count on it happening again. We had notified them of our ETA, last port, POB, etc by email before we left Fiji, so they knew we were coming and roughly knew our route.
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They knew I was coming, But I didnt see any aircraft of any kind coming to OZ,
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I got regular fly overs and calls from the Straits to just E of Broome.... got to quite look forward to them.
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They knew I was coming, But I didnt see any aircraft of any kind coming to OZ,
Ditto here, altho perhaps the OZ Customs aircraft were a bit put off (or our skyward visibility was materially reduced) by the fact that we came across the Tasman in winter, encountering 5 gales (at least!) as we did so right down to the gale that blew us into Sydney Harbour before dawn on a Public Holiday! Completing that tale, we then sat alongside Customs Headquarters at Neutral Bay until (~45mins later) a large contingent of Customs Officers and dogs turned up. All very courteous and professional though so all good.

We certainly encountered challenges from Customs aircraft along the OZ coast elsewhere though.
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There are about 80 Pacific Charts from the Galapagos westwards. None for Oz. They weigh probably about 5 kg, not really sure.
If that offer is still open I'd like to go ahead with it.
I'll send you a PM with address details etc, and thanks a ton

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G'Day Vic,

Here's my take on your query:

It seems likely that you won't be making that passage again for some years, if ever. So, buying expensive charts for your plotter is kinda wasteful of your cruising dollars. You already seem to have a computer (or two) on board, so the OpenCPN option will cost you nothing incrementally. That excellent program plus the readily available CM93 charts will be quite adequate for the trip. It is what we use by choice, BTW.

Both of the above methods assume that you will have paper backup charts and a separate GPS just in case of... whatever! And Jimbo's offer is a great way to have most of those charts at low cost (nice one, Jimbo).

HOpe that things are coming together for you guys!

Cheers,

Jim
Hi Jim,

Good to hear from you.

What you're saying makes a lot of sense. In the past I haven't got anywhere with trying to load OpenCPN onto my computer, but I'm going to have another go, and with the CM93 Charts I now know about and have access to thanks to members who've PMed me, all should be sweet.
You've got to love this forum!

The boat work continues. We've realised it's here to stay, perfection is a journey, not an attainable goal etc... We're pulling out all the stops to have the boat basically cruise ready by March. Loving living on the boat, wish it's butt was parked somewhere warmer!

Say Hi to Ann.
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Re: Importing a Boat to Australia

I know this is probably a weird way of getting to the right members for what I'm looking for but it works, so far.

I'm trying to find insurance for the boat that will give cover, including the trip from the USA to Australia.
No problem with having cyclone/hurricane exclusions in their seasons. We intend excluding ourselves from them anyway

Who did others making the trip home use?

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Give Trident in Perth a call, their name comes up on here frequently as being used and I had quite a decent quote from them myself a year back.
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I use this one, he is the broker for northern reef. I looked into it the best I could and found them to be spot on. I was surprised How many cruisers use them and have only heard good things except from one who tried to claim double the cost of his dissmasting in the pacific, and also tried to claim his time and claimed a new mast when he got a second hand one. They did pay out but at the correct weight. Here is a link Edward William
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