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Well it looks like Audrie and I will be on the move, with the climate here the boating season is very short, futhermore with the small population and economic climate here the marine industry has hit an all time low with no signs of recovery anytime soon.

So we will be moving to somewhere with a far more vibrant marine industry and a warmer climate.

I have 19 formal qualifications in Yacht and Boatbuilding and by September I'll hopefully have a Lloyd's Diploma in Small Craft Surveying, by January I'll have a Pahi 63 open for Charter so amongst all that someone some where should find a use for my qualifications and ship.

In the mean time I'll be finishing off all the current projects I got landed with at the start of the recession and I'll be having a firesale to get rid of them all, then we'll be joining the Pahi and sailing it to our new home, but where? Any suggestions?

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Cheers Charlie,

New Zealand is on the cards and I did talk to a boat builder that comes from there. He said the Super Yacht market is doing well but the small craft is struggling a bit. I hear it rains in Aukland as much as Ireland, what's that about? Gisbourne looks good though!

Charlie said:

Summer in New Zealand is a wonderful thing. Auckland and Tauranga have boatbuilding things. Money is tight here thou for most people, but things are still ticking over. Whale watching with your Pahi would be cool.
gemini,i admire your courage and determination to not settle for second best.NZ is wonderful and the kiwis are good value.australia may be an option as those in the mining regions are making some real coin but the rest of the economy is tight and over regulated,paperwork and compliance are the order of the day.have you thoght of the carribean?those with mega bucks for projects still frequent that part of the world.
come to Brazil...good people, good charters, a litle of work, cheap to live.

Thanks Paul,

I haven't really considered Oz, my sister and brother in law are already there and are finding it pretty tough, it was a year before they'd allow him to work and the price of living is high I hear, they almost starved. Wherever we end up we want to keep everything above board but we don't want to drown in a sea of bureaucracy either.

Cheers Rogerio,

Yes we also considered Brazil, We'll have to brush up on our Portuguse and I know the marine industry is on the up. What's it like for a foreign national to work there?

paul anderson said:

gemini,i admire your courage and determination to not settle for second best.NZ is wonderful and the kiwis are good value.australia may be an option as those in the mining regions are making some real coin but the rest of the economy is tight and over regulated,paperwork and compliance are the order of the day.have you thoght of the carribean?those with mega bucks for projects still frequent that part of the world.

Here is the list of places Audrie and I are looking at,

Pacific: Bali, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Hawaii & California.

Atlantic: Brazil, The Caribbean, Florida, The Canaries, Portugal & Spain

If anyone has any knowledge of living or working in any of those listed we'd love to hear from you.

Or maybe there is somewhere we haven't thought of.

I also forgot to add to the original post I also have the qualification to teach Yacht & Boat Building, maintenance and repairs in both traditional and composite if that'll make any difference.

Brazil is a good place for engineer ... world cup2014 and olimpic games in 2016 bring a lot of buildings here in Rio de Janeiro

The offshore industry also have a lot off work...pretroleo industry. Macaé city in Rio de Janeiro State and in Pernambuco State

The good shipyards is in Angra dos Reis and Santos specialy in powerboats

 

Because of bad student political of the Brazilian government, in years ago. Now we don't have engineer enough. 

 

But if you wanna a live in wharram lifestyle, in a low cost, make one job here, another there, find beatyful people, know amayzing places I invite you to know the eastern Brazilian coast

 

Brazilian hugs

What's it like for a foreign national to work there? If you have some qualify is easy, the problem is the boat. Foreign boats normaly win 60 day visa to visit our country, this time can go to more 60 day. Before you need go outside the border and come back. This is about export and import tax for sailboats (protect laws brasilian industry)



Rogerio Martin said:

Brazil is a good place for engineer ... world cup2014 and olimpic games in 2016 bring a lot of buildings here in Rio de Janeiro

The offshore industry also have a lot off work...pretroleo industry. Macaé city in Rio de Janeiro State and in Pernambuco State

The good shipyards is in Angra dos Reis and Santos specialy in powerboats

 

Because of bad student political of the Brazilian government, in years ago. Now we don't have engineer enough. 

 

But if you wanna a live in wharram lifestyle, in a low cost, make one job here, another there, find beatyful people, know amayzing places I invite you to know the eastern Brazilian coast

 

Brazilian hugs

i was watching a documentary the other day on the rise of brazil and it is amazing how the country is turning around.i am sorely tempted to sail over there ''one day''
Lots or work in the Whitsundays fixing boats after tourists have pranged bareboats on the bricks, and a few prople doing nicely repairing and selling write offs they buy from salvors and insurance companies at a pittance after each cyclone season. Airlie Beach is a great place to live - 74 islands within 100nm. A booming mining economy in the hinterland.

Cheers Rogerio,

I prefer the Lord Alan Sugar life style to the Wharram, not for the wealth I just find it very rewarding to run or be part of a successful business. So it is part of a business decision to move and sell my skills elsewhere if I remain here with the low foot fall I'd have to be content with break even at the end of every year. I really don't mind where I end up I even considered Canada but Audrie is from the west Pacific and can't handle the cold to well.

Cheers Bill,

The Whitsunday's look great but I'm sure they're subject to Austrailian law, I'd say I'd be stopping off at least enroute to check out NZ, is it true I have to give 24 hrs notice before I make port in Austrailia?

you betcha and then some.

Yeah - Customs and Quaranteen are real pricks in OZ - I think its 48 Hrs notice - check out the drama documented in ou local cruising rag - The Coastal Passage. Dont let them put you off Oz is a fine cruising coast

 

http://www.thecoastalpassage.com/

http://www.thecoastalpassage.com/customs.html

 

This magazine - free issues online - is an excleent read for any cruising sailor and has the most up to date info about Queensland.

 

 

 

 

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