I live/work in Laos and I bought my boat in Phuket last year and I am more than happy with the deal and the boat. There are several brokers with offices in most of the marinas
phuket boat sales - used boats and yachts for sale
Boats for Sale, New and Used Boats, Power, Sailing Yachts - www.yachtworld.co.uk
Simpson Marine: Asia's Leading International Yacht Broker since 1984.
but there are others as well, do a google
search. There are also sales in the brokers window and nothing beats just walking the pontoon and chatting to people about boats that are on sale
but not advertised.
Prices are really good, about 2/3 the price
in Oz. Even paying 5% import
duty and 10% GST when you take it back to Oz you are ahead.
Three weeks on three off .... sounds like you are in the mining industry. Will you be coming from Perth or the east coast
. There are direct flights to Phuket from the east coast
and I think Air Asia
now has a service
from Perth via KL. Even if you have to go via Bangkok you are looking at about 12 hours flying time to Phuket from Sydney
. Catch an overnight flight and you are there the next day before lunch.
I've done the trip dozens of times now. I have tried the budget
airlines but by the time you add up all the extras, the longer flight times because they go via KL or Singapore
the cramped overcrowded cabins I prefer the full service
airlines like Thaiair. Its only a couple of hundred $ more but a world ahead in comfort if you have to do it regularly. Costs vary with season and specials but you can expect to pay anywhere between $600 to $1200 for a return ticket from the east coast, a bit less from Perth.
The other important thing you need to consider is exchange rates. I was lucky I bought my boat when the Aussie was near the top but depending on what your budget
is a few cents difference in the exchange rate can translate to thousands of dollars difference in the price
you pay. It looks like the aussie is finally dropping back. If you are serious about buying
in the near future I would a good part of what you are planning to spend into US$ NOW and park it somewhere.
I'm looking for an experienced crew member
the next time I take my boat out in late July/Aug if you want to try a week or so sailing Phang Nga and visiting some of the brokers and marinas
PM me, we might be able to arrange something.