Greetings to all !
Have just returned from Manila yesterday.
Hope I am not painting a bad picture of Philippine Boating
Just know from my personal experiences and that's all.
Everyone's is different.
When I checked on insurance for my 44' Nauticat only 1 co offered to quote me.
It was Pantaenius of the U.K.
Then they turned me down right away.
Having flown airplanes for 30 years/owned a 53' Hatteras/furnished them with a marine survey
all seemed not to matter and when I went on the internet
they have had MANY complaints.
So, here I am with my boat preparing to sail from Baltimore to Manila.
No insurance available along the journey and none to be had once I arrive.
Think that the only insurance available will be to protect a marina in the Philippines ?
Have found out from my wife who is a Filipino that the locals may offer the best protection for the boat by paying them a small amount each month.........
After having been there 9 times now I am still very much learning
Concerning the local officials, a small monetary gift always solves everything.
Any and all paperwork is beyond slow and some extra pesos quickens the pace.
Advice from any of my fellow shipmates would be greatly appreciated.
Shipping my boat (30 to 40 k) there is too much money
Guess I will just sail her there on her own bottom.
Even though the typhoons can very dangerous I hope to her safe by depending on the locals and move it if needed.
There is very little to buy of any quality in the Philippines as far as used boats go.
I have found several boatyards
to do repairs
Hope to hear from some of you soon again !