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  1. imimi
    the 2nd part of your post...

    In my opinion look for a VAT free boat outside EU ( Carib?) and if you can put or keep her under the Dutch flag. Then stay in the SW Pacific and never take her back to NZ.... the GST/Duty saved will pay for a lot of aeroplane rides to and from your boat.

    ** I bought a VAT unpaid UK flagged boat in Thailand. Entered Australia on an Oz passport ... had to pay about A$20k sales tax/duty but did not have to reflag... kept her there for 9 years under UK flag. Left in 2003 and the 20k is now dead money as I doubt she will ever go back to Oz.... was just another cost of doing business.....

    As I understand it NZ and Straya apply the rules in a similar fashion.[/I]
  2. imimi
    the 2 parts...still too long
    [I]Re: VAT, foreign purchase and registration
    DO NOT put her under the NZ flag if you wish for a hasslefree life cruising the SW Pacific.

    Can't help you with the European end of things but if you arrive in NZ and are an NZ resident you will have to import her but, based on my experience** you are not obliged to re-flag her.

    If you leave her with a foreign flag you can leave for the Pacific at any time with no fuss. If she is NZ flagged you will have to deal with all the Cat 1 compliance rollocks that , if you do not like bureaucracy, you will not enjoy .
  3. imimi
    Hi El Pinguino,
    I just read a post of yours, from a few yrs back, about buying OS...I'll reference the post in a followup message....too long a post

    I am an Oz citizen, looking at buying a EU (Belgium) flagged vessel in you have any words of wisdom/caution for me?
    thanking you in advance
  4. Sandpiper921
    Good advice Frank. I've spent almost 5 month in Ecuador but mostly in Cuenca. Only 3 weeks on the coast. But I love to surf, which is pretty good around Salinas. Part-time liveaboard would be fine. I couldn't find rates online. Do you know how much per foot they charge, and liveaboard fee? Thanks...clyde
  5. Mountaingazer
    Hola Pingüino, Chileno viviendo en EU, por demasiados años. Hice una copia del Navegador de Chile. Tienes otros pdfs que puedan asistir en un viaje de Florida al Sur de Chile? Muchísimas gracias ante de mano!

    claudio.auh @ gmail
  6. Sandpiper921
    Thanks Frank. Those were my thoughts also. Florida is too hot for me in the summer. But we love Cuenca. We've spent a couple of months there and we have 2 different friends from our area in Oregon who have lived there for over 8 years. But I would love to be near the water. Thought about a boat for their winter and Cuenca the rest of the year. What are your thoughts on that. BTW, I love to paddleboard surf which I see they do in Salinas. Enjoy Cuenca...clyde
  7. Sandpiper921
    Are you still in Ecuador? Where? My wife and I are thinking of relocating there. We have some very good friends in Cuenca, but I'm a waterdog. We actually live on two different sailboats in the US (one on each coast). The one in Florida is a Prout 31 cat and Oregon is a Catalina 30. Thought about buying a boat in Ecuador and living on it. How do you like it there? I love your Westerly. Great boat. Thanks...clyde
    Sorry, the model of the water pump VOLVO PENTA is MD17D
    Thank you
    Hi El Pinguino,
    I contact you over your problem that you had with your cooler water pump VOLVO PENTA MD17C in several times. We have the same problem, and have repaired 3 times and unfortunately without good results.
    Ive received your post by a friend of us that show us that you finally could rebuilt it.
    Could you give us more details of this, contact so we can ask him the possibility of rebuilt it too?
    I remembre that you have given a solution in Australia, I can ask this person if is so because we can't continue sailing without engine.
    Thank you for your attention.
  10. R.Finn
    Hi Frank,

    Thanks for the information. Very helpful. I'm happy to get 400-500 miles clear of the West Coast. When I brought Jzerro from CA to Panama I held 3-400 distance away from shore for more stable wind and to avoid the Tehuantepec. This boat is pretty fast, so I'm hoping to get that 3 day window to invest heavily to the West.

    Do you think Argentina would be a problem if I remained on the boat during my stop? According to maps, there are two anchorages on the west side of Le Maire, Bahia Buen Suceso and Bahia Thetis. Do you have any experience with those anchorages?

    I can get into as little as 3 feet of water. That said, how much anchor rode/chain do you recommend?

    Thanks again for your insights.


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