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Just back from a short holiday in Gambia, seems like a GREAT place to build my Tiki 26. Everything is soooo cheep. Has any one ever built there?
Thanks for the quick and helpfull reply, Im on to it..
Mate i would check out what epoxy, marine ply and stainless fittings cost there. Are they available? bearing in mind that Hans built ontong java out of traditional materials that are readily available and would be cheap compared to imported western materials.
good luck with your exploits.
AAAAAGH.....This is Africa see Hans' account of his midnight launch / escape. Not for everyone. Cheap is not the only consideration....But if you really have the local connections etc.. BUT be aware this is Africa and the greasing of palms may add to the cost ???? Just one man's possibly skewed view...
Epoxy resin might be the same but WEST is about 500% dearer in UK / EU... MADNESS. For only one alternative see www.resoltech.com this from a recomendation on this site. I myself have used many alternatives with 100% success. S/steel might be the same but fabrication will refect local labour cost ?
For a GENUINE voyager bringing his /her boat home - this will in many countries be exempt from tax as "household goods".
I am 65, should be a pensionist, living in Norway, the most expencive land to live in. Never been rich, dont wont to be, BUT.... my small pension would go much further in Gambia. There is a need for training for young Gambians and there are training centers, My plane is to get work in such a Skill centre and introduce boat building (Wharram style). Result : A Tiki 26, built with love, a gang of very proud trainees and a new fishing boat for some poor fisherman. ( He can fish, I can sail!) WIN.WIN.WIN!
there is an Italian bloke i read about in a magazine who wanted to do the same sort of thing but the availability of modern materials was a challenge. i think somewhere like Fiji or PNG would be a better proposition for a project like this as plywood is made locally.
I have never been to any part of Africa but I hear that a lot of French boats especially cruise the African Atlantic coast and a friend of mine really enjoyed his cruise in the Cape Verde Islands. I would love more info. on this area. Jean Paul I hear that there is a huge demand and need in this area for English language teachers. The TEFL. course can be completed in a few weekends. Gut feeling if you want to build a boat here or anywhere else just do it. Do'nt get it all weighed down with some other agenda. You will have enough problems already without importing others.