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Old 15-04-2012, 17:58   #16
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Re: Living on the hook.

Great info everyone, love all of the places...I really like New Zealand as they filmed my favorite movies there (Lord of the Rings) and I have always wanted to visit because of it. There is such a variety of landscapes there.

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Old 18-04-2012, 20:22   #17
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Atoll mentioned "10,00 islands of philipines" but I believe that there are more like 7,107 islands. There are few marinas here so living on the hook is almost a necessity. While the southern Philippines - the southern third of Mindanao and the small islands to the south have a bad reputation; and the northern part of the Philippines - Luzon and north can have typhoons in season; the central Philippines, known as the Visayas have few of these problems. The people are friendly for the most part and English is widely understood. One can stay in the PI on a tourist visa by simple renewal every 59 days for around 16 months or so. Trips out of the PI are easy to Malaysia and Thailand or perhaps Hong Kong. At around 42 pesos to the US dollar, living can be quite inexpensive with few charges for anchoring - even at world famous resort areas like Boracay. For the most part the water is clear and warm almost everywhere with coral and fish to see - and seafood is cheap. Certainly worth some research online or perhaps a book (e-book?).

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Old 18-04-2012, 20:48   #18
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Malaysia offers long term retirement visas (malaysia my second home) - Langkawi, Penang and southern west malaysia are all civilized and relatively inexpensive.

Thailand also offers a retirement visa scheme and Yacht Haven anchorage is a cool place to hang out. Thailand is way cheap.

You can also shuttle from Phuket to Malaysia working the 60 days vistor visa thing. My brother has been doing this for 6 months.

The Philippines is an option but most places have a tough hurricane/cyclone season. Phuket, Langkawi and the Mallaca Straits (pangkor, port dickson etc.) are perfectly protected.

Within a 5 day sail you have tons of cruising grounds to include Singapore and Indonesia. A little further you can get East Malaysia (kota kinabalu) and on to the Philippines in the right season. From there the south pacific is basically island hopping. Just ask the US navy...
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Re: Living on the hook.

Don't know where you are located but it's pretty simple in the florida keys

"When the bow be in the trees we'll be running out of seas"
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much of mexico is still ok-might want to try that, if you are on west coast.
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Re: Living on the hook.

Originally Posted by matauwhi View Post
G'day, mate. Not the tropics, but you would be hard pressed to find a more "hospitable" place to live aboard than the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Lots of "private" spots to anchor up away from the normal tourist "hot" spots and very few regulations.

Very easy for a foreigner to reside for 6 months or so (as many do season after season) and then sail up to the tropics for the other 6.

All the best. Cheers.
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Originally Posted by charliehows View Post
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What new information do you have to make this statement?

When I was a boy my momma would send me down to the corner store with $1 and I would come back with 5 potatoes, 2 loaves of bread, 3 bottles of milk, a hunk of cheese, a box of tea and 6 eggs. Can't do that now, too many f**kn security cameras.
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