Originally Posted by deadreckon
Is it possible to buy a boat
and have it skippered back to Australia
in the current
I know it's very difficult to get over there with permits/visas/quarantine etc, but I wondered if starting there and coming home might be possible?
As for your purchase
of the vessel, a willing buyer and a willing seller can usually find common ground. It may well be that the seller will be quite delighted to deal with you - you might be their own way to monetise an otherwise stranded asset.
That would be the least of your problems. You'll be pouring money
into the drink for every other step of the way and all the way up until you pay Aus Border Force and AQIS.
the services of a skipper
and crew is one stumbling block.
With a gold bar or two you could likely buy a delivery
crew from Singapore
(or perhaps even in ThaiLand itself) who could do the job.
Of course other factors, including:
(1) whether the boat is in perfect running order (i.e. does not need work/repairs/new sails/re-rigging/etc);
(2) in what season you want the job done;
(3) the current port in ThaiLand and where you want to make entry into Aus.
Why not do the voyage yourself? You'd likely save a bit of your gold bars.
If the vessel is in Phuket, you can work
through the Aus bureaucracy to get permission to exit Aus with the purpose of getting to vessel which is your home.
Similarly with money
and time you can get a certificate of entry and visa to Phuket.
Same with one-way air travel to perhaps Singapore
and transit to Phuket by air.
You likely have to give your overlords in CBR an undertaking not to return to Aus for 3 months in return for permission to exit. That gives you time to make sure the vessel is seaworthy
, equipped, and provisioned and to do the voyage (as long as you pick the right season, weather
and crew from Singapore would be able to port in Sinkers without too much difficulty. You could take over from them in Sinkers. Or pay them to deliver all the way to Aus.
If you were at the conn yourself, you'd need to negotiate permission to enter Sinkers.
There's a chance that Bali might open up. Or not.
In the right season and good timing, with permissions for yourself as an Aus, you could sail direct non-stop from Phuket (assuming that is the port of departure) to make entry in Aus, such as at Darwin.
That would simplify your voyage, if you're prepared for a non-stop single