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Old 02-07-2009, 02:35 AM   #15
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Did you travel to Viet Nam? If so, did you like it? I think that would be facinating. I have read your blog but don't remember if I saw anything on Viet Nam.

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Regrettably we did not go to Vietnam, nor did we meet anyone who had sailed there. *We know quite a few people who traveled by land there, leaving their boat in Thailand or Malaysia. *When we were in SE Asia it seemed that the Vietnamese government didn't know what to do with foreign yachts, and the one or two boats that we heard had visited (I'm relating second-hand info., mind), were not allowed to travel around in their boat. *Friends who have visited say it's a beautiful country.

Most people we met loved the Philippines, but many commented on the need for constant vigilance with respect to tropical cyclones. *
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Old 02-07-2009, 04:13 AM   #16
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Does anybody have any info on the Phillippines?
Hi Ken ,

Here is a good start :- Click

The commodore old friend, who I can put you in touch with ( He is also a top class dive operator)

Also check out member Wisken posts - she and her Husband are in Samal.

General comment :-

Bureaucracy sometimes involves greasing the palm.

Typhoons regular north of 10 degrees latitude during May >> Nov.

Poverty - grinding !!

Otherwise a good place to cruise during the good months - options then:-

Are to sail to Palao, probably the best dive sites in S.E. Asia 7d 30'N x 134d 35'E.

Northern coast of Borneo - the river systems are marvelous - check Click HERE?

their travels up rivers in Borneo are fascinating - and they also give a lot of info on cruising S.E. Asian waters.

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I read somewhere once that the three top retirement spots for many cruisers were the Vancouver area, south of Hobart Tasmania, and Bay of Islands in NZ.

All way too tropical for my taste

And - yes - there is good diving in southern Chile.
Hi i dont think Tasmania and NZ is tropical

seems you dint leave your shore that mutch
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Does anybody have any info or opinions on the Phillippines?
I spent 6 weeks there many years ago. At that time:

Plus side includes... Great diving and snorkeling. Lovely islands. Cheap to rent a private plane and go places. Fun.

Negative side includes... pickpockets, thieves, scammers
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A couple pf us are talking about setting up solar farms in the islands where electricity costs justfy the watt-hr rate of solar.

I think I would enjoy hanging out diving while working 1-2 days a week.
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I can't really see retiring on a boat and staying on one place but if I had to spend a few years in any one location it would be the Med and specifically the Ionian Islands. Second choice would be San Francisco Bay. Third, Hawaii
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Hi i dont think Tasmania and NZ is tropical

seems you dint leave your shore that mutch
Hangonamo while I get my tongue out of my cheek...

I just don't do 'hot' and far prefer a winter in Patagonia to a day in Thailand.

I do get out a bit and spend the summers in NE Victoria, Oz, each year ( nothing goes to windward like an A340 ). On fire watch just now counting down the days ( 34...tic..tic..tic..) until I can go back to my boat.

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I can't really see retiring on a boat and staying on one place but if I had to spend a few years in any one location it would be the Med and specifically the Ionian Islands. Second choice would be San Francisco Bay. Third, Hawaii
What about Turkey?
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What about Turkey?
I really don't have much expierence in this region except a week on Naxos when I was 19 and a cruise boat trip from Venice to Istanbul. Unfortunately during my visit to Istanbul, my wallet was seperated with my pocket. Very Very dumb on my part but left a bad taste in my mouth.

FWIW, my week on Naxos was somewhat magical, 6 teens meet on the boat from Brindisi to Athens then spend a week sleeping on a beach in the middle of the Aegean. Puts a smile on my face still.
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Ken,

I understand the solar thing--so suppose you're thinking warm parts of the world with lots of sun. It certainly makes sense considering your profession and personal interests.

However, one of the things I'm always amazed by is how many folks want to retire to be in tropical/warm climates even though they've spent their lives living with four seasons. There have been recent studies published that show that people who move FROM a cold climate TO a warm climate when they retire live shorter lives than those who stay in a cold climate after retirement. Interestingly, it doesn't mean they have to stay in the geographic location they lived their working years in--just moving to a known warm climate seems the issue! A little deeper look shows that those retirees who move to the warm climates (e.g. Florida) are less happy in general than their peers who stayed north (e.g. New Jersey) and they are also less happy than their peers who have always resided in the warmer climates. One of the findings of the studies is that it seems unhappy people live shorter lives and if you're unhappy in the cold you'll likely be unhappy in the warmer climate. Moral of this--as the song says "Don't worry, Be Happy"

I know a few folks who have retired with the benefit of a house or condo in one location and a boat in another. One couple I know has a condo in the Seattle area and a house with boat down in Chile. They do the 1/2 year here-and-there thing. For example, maritime author Roger C Taylor retired with a boat in Maine for use half the year and a canal boat in France for the other half of the year. That sounds wonderful to me.

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There have been recent studies published that show that people who move FROM a cold climate TO a warm climate when they retire live shorter lives than those who stay in a cold climate after retirement.
It would be interesting to have the reference to these studies.

The question 'where to retire as an active cruiser?' Often reminded of this piece of wisdom :-

"People make Places"
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It would be interesting to have the reference to these studies.

The question 'where to retire as an active cruiser?' Often reminded of this piece of wisdom :-

"People make Places"
I'll do a little searching. It would be most likely that we read it in something we subscribe to: the Journal of Science, Science News, and Scientific American seem the most likely candidates.
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