Wish this forum had a 'no stupid question' thread so I won't get beaten up (too badly). There's a lot to learn about buying
a boat / living full time aboard. Still have a few newbie questions that I haven't found complete answers to:
Paragraph bio: Western, 40yo - moved to Asia
(middle of no-where) 10 years ago and built a compound, running on 50% solar
. Love the house and lifestyle but not happy with being stuck in place. Dream is to get a boat and hop from location to location in Asia
1) Electricity: Lots of charts
but difficult to understand without the proper background. Essentially I'd like to be able to run my computer, Tv, router, refrig, freezer
and other general appliances
in a normal-ish (land) way. Is it possible that solar
combo can deliver adequate reserves if I have enough batteries? (southern europe
and asia mostly)
: I'm a tech geek, run my own small company (remotely) - I'd like to be able to make and take Skype calls on a regular basis from wherever I'm anchored. Be it Thailand
. (not while bluewater). Are there decent options for global satellite
net, or is it just a matter of discovering what you can get on the ground in each country (like 3g and SIM). I need at least 5mb down and 2.5 up and ability to Skype to make this work.
3) New vs Used: Great with a computer, sig. less great with an engine
(oil goes where? - but willing to learn) Was looking at a Dufour
412 (Overview 412 Grand Large - Dufour Yachts
). My idea was that a new boat would require less maintenance
and work the first 5-7 years, and (somewhat) justify the extra purchase
cost? Thus giving me a chance / time to learn.
: Thinking about buying
either in Greece
. The first few years will be learning
the boat and taking it out on ever longer trips before I try any kind of serious sailing. On the for-sale forums
I always see the 'boat registered in' message - why does this matter? What do the 'taxes not paid' (for used) mean?
: Shocked at the prices of Marinas
internationally. For instance a marina in Thailand won't let you live on your boat full-time and they still want to charge you $900usd a month (non-member), $550 member
($2.5k members fee annually). Quite a bit considering a 1br apt in same location would cost around $600. Other locations in Italy
are equally expensive. Is there a membership
you can join that gives discounts to a number of marinas? Why so high prices?
6) Upkeep: Keep reading that 10% annually is a good figure for upkeep (cleaning the hull
, repairs) for a 200k (new) boat that's 20k a year ($1,700 a month) that seems awfully high - almost as much as the 1br apt I left 10yr ago in NYC
.. Would it really cost this much for a new yacht?
: So you're parked off a Greek or Thai island and you dinghy
into port to go do some evening dinner/drinking or for a weekend inland. You've just left your 200k ship unprotected. Seems like a fantastic target for thieves to either grab equipment
off the boat, or the ship itself. An issue or paranoia?
8) I've currently got a 6,000sqft house with pool and all the rest, but honestly i just live in my bedroom (computer, tv, books
on ipad) I don't need alot to be happy. Still the confines of a boat can seem daunting. Does it ever feel like you bought your dream boat only to feel later like you bought your prison?
9) Visas for countries: I 'think' I've noticed that the visa situation is a bit better for yachts? For Thailand for instance it's 30 days on arrival via a plane, but believe I read that for a yacht you get 6 months. Are visas an issue when traveling or is it pretty easy to deal with.
: I've read 2.5% is normal annual for full insurance
including damage / theft. Sound right?
12) Going to see some boats next month in Europe, looking to buy next April. In Asia everything can be discounted, paying by cash can get you even better discount. However I'm viewing in Greece. Can I expect any type of discount for cash or are the prices for new boats purely fixed?
Thanks so MUCH for anything you're willing to answer.