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Old 01-22-2016, 06:48 PM   #57
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Okay,
you want to migrate there.
Whole different story
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Old 01-23-2016, 04:29 AM   #58
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I'm considering a number of options including Belize, Ukraine, Thailand and a couple of others. It won't be a migration in the formal sense since I don't intend to become a citizen of any other country. Australia only taxes expats on their earnings within Australia, unlike the rather unique US system where all income derived from anywhere is taxed no matter where you live.

Paraguay was also looking like a contender for a while, until the capital flooded due to El Niño weather conditions.
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:59 AM   #59
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Yeah, it's time to get out of here.
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Old 02-02-2016, 04:16 PM   #60
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Should have my new business up and running within a fortnight or so. It's good because it meets all my requirements including being a low maintenance, hands-off, automated money maker. The perfect income generator for the cruising yachtsman, in fact.

I'll drop a link in here when it's on line. You'll be surprised, I'm sure.
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Old 02-09-2016, 07:32 PM   #61
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Well, another year gone - 63 today. I'm going to see the latest Star Wars movie.
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Old 02-11-2016, 11:21 AM   #62
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Happy birthday for yesterday and hope you enjoyed the film. I did!
How's the new business? - waiting to see what it is
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Hi Haiqu, very interesting post. Having recently retired,am long term single and working through things to have a liveaboard lifestyle, I found your posts very informative. Thanks for posting
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Old 02-12-2016, 08:07 AM   #64
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Well, I'll be hauling Shenoa out in the next fortnight. I wasn't going to do that until I got my credit card under control but circumstances (and Marine Safety Queensland) have forced my hand.

She broke the anchor chain early this morning and ended up wedged under a jetty, so they've issued an order that she's not safe to be in Queensland waters until repaired. The "damage" they have observed is nothing but the general decay that already existed as far as I can tell, but there's no arguing with bureaucrats. I'll need to find out the inspection requirements to resplash, but in any case it needed doing so no biggy.

Timing was, as usual, utterly impeccable. :-(
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Checked the bureaucrat handbook and evidently they have exceeded their authority by a fairly large margin. But hey, this is Queensland. Chances of changing their minds: zero.
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Hi Haiqu, very interesting post. Having recently retired,am long term single and working through things to have a liveaboard lifestyle, I found your posts very informative. Thanks for posting
Wanna buy a Hartley Queenslander moored at Woolwich? :-)
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Dont give up...
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Wanna buy a Hartley Queenslander moored at Woolwich? :-)
I am currently undertaking renovations on the house. I have just had a bit of a surprise at the price of asbestos removal It depends upon how much change is left to which way I go. I ideally would love a catamaran as a live aboard but it may be a case of champagne taste on a beer budget. I cant seriously look around until I know how much I have to work with. The Hartleys do look nice though
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Dont give up...
Too late for that, my opinion of this society has taken yet another downturn. I appealed, they immediately refused it. My only options now are administrative review and politics, and I don't relish becoming entombed in either of those quagmires.

Keep an eye on the next Coastal Passage though, it might just contain a scathing article from yours truly.

Frankly the only option I have to avoid this is the "reasonable excuse" provision of TOMSA94 section 172AA(6) by pleading too poor to have the work done right now. If they don't go for that I stand to be fined $22,400 at the end of the month.

One doesn't relish airing dirty laundry to public bloody servants, but our commercial property tenants are three months in arrears and my income has suffered yet again. Thank goodness we're selling the damned place, that's all I can say.

Anonymous donations can be sent to my Bitcoin address. Brown paper bags full of used notes also gratefully accepted.
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It has been an exhausting few days. Apart from the aforementioned shenanigans with MSQ, I've had to deal with the realities of the aftermath of the yacht's escape.

New anchor, 50 metres of chain, 3 shackles and a swivel: $733.70
New Raymarine wind instrument: $800.00

The internal lighting system failed two days ago and I haven't yet had a chance to look into it. I awoke at 3am and stepped out of the v-berth to get a cup of tea, to find my foot under water. Three hours of hard work this morning revealed a broken hose clamp on one of the drain hoses.

At about 10:30am my sister suddenly remembered some papers that needed signing for the forthcoming property auction, and they just HAD to be delivered today. I finally saw the email at 12:30pm so I popped all the files on a USB stick and went ashore to print, sign and scan them. While there I also bought a chicken, 4 litres of fruit juice, a loaf of bread, an apple turnover and some bananas. Yes, I know bananas are bad luck, but after the week I've had nothing else could go wrong. And I got a hot shower.

Hoping to deploy the new anchor at high tide this evening, so that MSQ can retrieve their loaned mooring tackle.
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