Hi, I live in Thailand, my boat is a Freewind Trader 43, I will tell you my experiences over the last 4 years. I came here to build and sell hovercraft…didn’t work out.
My boat “Moufflon” was in the UK on the hard
, it is a 40’ caravel wood boat, I tried to sell in the UK over 2 years and never got any serious interest.
I found a car transporter vessels line that has a number of ships plying between Asia
, when mounted onto a dolly trailer the AIR height must be less than 16’9” to get inside the loading door, we made it by 2”.
Moufflon was built in 1980 and had been on the hard
for over 10 years,
I picked her up in Singapore
took her to a local boat yard, (Most harbour boats are still made of wood and there is a LOT of real craftsmen here, because of her age we had the boat re-caulked, and a full re-build of her engine
, we wanted to do a lot more but, didn’t because if we stayed too long, the boat would be “Imported” into Singapore, this tax could be claimed back when exported. A decision we were to regret later, when we lost
, but that’s another story.
A month later, we, sailed for Thailand, up the west coast
, stopping off in Penang Malaysia
, to get personal visa from Thai Embassy, there is a street of Visa agents and prices are competitive, just check with a few and you will get a feel for how long you can stay and for what cost, this must be supported by lots of “Original” paperwork including Bank Statements. as I had already been in Thailand for 2 years I got a 12-month retirement
Visa for myself. You, can just get a tourist Visa finish you journey,
On arrival in Phuket, anchored up in Chalong bay, there is a “one stop” Immigration. At the end of Chalong pier, Customs
and Port Authority, quite painless and sailing a Visa for 6 months.
I had arranged a berth in AoPo Grand Marin Tb 19,000 a month. Hauled out and started a LOT of repairs
, but, the SUN beat us and had to put her back in the water before we had to re-caulk her again.
Its been 2 years now, We have 2 renewal’s of boat visa for repairs
, Thai tradesmen, just got a replacement mast
, as of yet No cruising, am I worried No, Thailand is very nice if you respect the local way’s, I have been and worked in over 30 countries world wide, I am retired and on a fixed income
, I just manage.
Anything in particular just ask, If I don’t know the answer I will try to find out for you.