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Old 10-11-2010, 03:32 AM   #1
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Hi all

I’m in the early stages of planning to buy a cruising yacht (approx 40 foot) and I've noticed a few interesting boats for sale in SE Asia. What do people think about the idea of buying an older boat in need of a refit, and having the work done in Asia, perhaps Thailand?

My questions are:
  1. are boat yards in Asia really that much cheaper than in the US/Europe/Australia – and how do the work standards compare?
  2. Can anyone recommend a boat yard?
  3. What about nations other than Thailand?
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My questions are:

* are boat yards in Asia really that much cheaper than in the US/Europe/Australia – and how do the work standards compare?


Generally speaking the Boat yards are cheaper - having said that, certain yards in Phuket - Thailand are more expensive than yards elsewhere in South East Asia. Labour costs are considerably less expensive than that charged in the West and Australia. And imported materials from the west most expensive. Work standards are on a par with those performed in the West - provided supervision is close.

* Can anyone recommend a boat yard?

Yes, depends on the type of work required - and who is going to manage the sub-contractors.

* What about nations other than Thailand?

Malaysia, - Langkawi in particular being a duty free port.
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Welcome aboard Mike.

If you can give more detail as per MMNETSEA's post then I am sure that he will be able to give you a very good answer to your query - he lives in SE Asia and knows the region well. Also, others will have a better idea of what you require to have done and be able to make suggestions.

Good luck.
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Thanks MMNETSEA and LIGHTHOUSE.. I'll get back to you when I can be more specific about the vessel and the work required. Cheers, Mike.
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