Hi Puma 01
Sound like I'm a couple of years ahead of you but my wife and I have the same intentions. I'm now into the 2nd year of ownership
of my first boat, a 43ft Trawler
bought and based in Thailand
DeFever, Nordhavn, Selene, Krogen, were all on our shopping
list - because of the liveability and the seaworthiness. (I'm realistic enough to know that living is not sustainable for us on less than 40ft full displacement
- too much compromise from a lifetime of land living).
Instead of purchasing
, where I live, I found my dream boat, a Selene 43 in Thailand
which is a great place to 'learn the ropes' as the weather
is benign, the sailing areas excellent with great support and it's not prohibitively expensive.
If your intention is to travel Indonesia
/ Thailand you might consider to purchase
as, from my experience of AUS, the costs are going to be considerably less yet there is no compromise on quality. It was initially daunting to purchase
in another continent but my experience has been all positive mostly because of a great Agent.
Running costs for us have been much less than what they would have been in Europe
. Insurance is limited to 200miles, (pending negotiation), but is less than £2,000/yr. Fuel at duty free prices. Marina and 'full service' maintenance when we're away from the boat, is sensible.
It has taken me over a year to work through the boat and get familiar with the mechanical systems whilst taking shorter trips, (2 week trips so far). As the dry season starts I'll do the second round of annual servicing and this next 12 months we'll have more confidence to travel further and for longer. We need to make some more improvements (refrigeration etc), before we are able to comfortably call ourselves long distance travellers. We also have elderly family
to consider before going full-time live aboard.
Please don't underestimate the long learning
curve and the expensive mistakes
that can be made in the first year but my experience is that I have local people I can rely on for back-up so I'm not on my own or paying exorbitant rates for assistance / repairs
It is true that it can be challenging to locate parts
in Asia but with internet
searches and shipping
I've been able to source parts
at good prices and build a good spares list.
For us, regular travel from UK to Thailand is more than offset by the weather, culture, location, and the great bang for our buck that we get. Considering your plans to travel Asia you should consider buying
As far as taking your Lab island hopping then I can only suggest you investigate bringing an animal into Indonesia
, S'pore , Malaysia
and Thailand. The rules for flying an animal into country will be the same as arriving by boat.
Having arrived in AUS by ship and seen the hoops that we needed to jump through, (no untreated wood, no meat, hull
100% cleaned, no foreign ballast water), I would not attempt to take an animal back into AUS by boat. Your first landing point would, (I assume), need to have quarantine facilities and you won't get that in many of the smaller landing places you can clear into on the N Coast but which you may wish to call at. (Exmouth/Dampier?). You might have to fly the Lab internationally - into an AUS city. A call to immigration, customs
, quarantine in the landing town/city should give you an indication of what you would have to do.
Many people are going down this route
getting afloat in retirement
on a Trawler
then making the decision to go liveaboard. It makes a lot of sense and with a quality boat, a smattering of good sense and a sense of adventure it's all very possible.
If you'd like to PM me we can chat further and I'll give you more costings.