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Meet Your Neighbors / Re: Hello all!
« Last post by uncledan on Today at 08:26:56 AM »
        Ok, let me see if I can tackle some of the questions. I will be getting an SRRV retirement visa. My wife being from there makes it possible for me to get a lot of things done with all the contacts she has from college there in CDO. I have a picture of the kind of boat I'm looking for just a slightly smaller version. Can I post it here or do I have to put it in a different place? With where we want to end up I have been looking for safe harbors for typhoon season and was told Tambobo Bay would work. And I would have plenty notice from weather reports to know if one was on the way to get somewhere safe. To be clear only 4 of us would be living fulltime on the boat and when friends or family would visit the togetherness would be temporary. I have heard just from my wife's friend that boats are cheaper in Davao than in Luzon. Just what I was told, don't know but will be finding out soon. The last time I was over after 6 weeks I didn't want to leave. It was very hot for me after living in Alaska but I will just go swimming or find a cool spot to drink a beer. Thanks for all the input though. I don't know a lot but asking question gets me better prepared.  Thanks again.


          Dan
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Meet Your Neighbors / Re: Hello all!
« Last post by M.C.A. on June 25, 2019, 09:33:28 PM »
Hi Uncle Dan hope all goes well with your move and so... Do you have a Visa that will allow you to stay here without having to keep renewing a tourist Visa and we do have some pretty powerful Typhoons and it could end up being several every  year so I wouldn't' want to be on the water when that happens you'd have to beach your boat or move to another location, just a few things to ponder before you make this your final stop.
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Meet Your Neighbors / Re: Hello all!
« Last post by David690 on June 25, 2019, 03:50:43 PM »
          Ok, lets see if I can narrow it down some. I don't know if I'm able to post a picture here so I'll describe it as best as I can. My wife (of course) decided that to be less conspicuous we need to have a Banka style boat. I saw a picture of one with a flybridge that would work quite well. I want a diesel engine, something around 4-5 meters wide and 12-15 meters long. I know speed is not an option and being retired I really don't care how long it takes to get somewhere. My wife has a friend in Davoa who has contact with some fishing boats for sale but he said a refit would cost more than having one built. He was thinking Ph 800,000-Ph 1,000,000 for what I am looking for. I also don't know if you could get the smell out of a fishing boat. Aircon  would be a must for at least a couple areas and I was looking into solar for this as well as wind for our future house. I've been looking through a lot of posts but am not seeing anything recent for cost and material sources for solar or wind. I also have wondered how a CR works on a boat. Is there a holding tank for it? some of the pictures I've seen do not suggest this as it looks like it is hanging off the side of the boat. And if I have a holding tank is there going to be somewhere to empty it? I was thinking of bringing a boat motor over with me but was wondering what the tax would be on a 150hp Merc. It's only got 55 hrs on it. This would go on another boat so that if I wanted to get somewhere in a hurry I could. I know I have a lot of questions and I apologize. There is just so much to do and I want to get it right the first time. If I do find something I like then I'll send my wife in to negotiate as she does that very well. I want to thank all for the welcomes and info.


         Dan

I personally would not consider a Banka style boat for live aboard.  They are very long but the living space is disproportionately small.  They are usually very crudely built, timber, plywood etc and the noise from the engine will require that you wear ear defenders whilst cruising.  They are intended as fishing boats and I know some have been adapted for use as island hopping for tourists.
If you are looking for a serious live aboard for 7 persons, you will be looking at several million pesos for anything decent.
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Meet Your Neighbors / Re: Hello all!
« Last post by Peter on June 25, 2019, 09:18:41 AM »
Dan.

<...  refit would cost more than having one built. He was thinking Ph 800,000-Ph 1,000,000 for what I am looking for.  ...>

See < https://www.rdhmarinesubic.com/liveaboard.php  > for an example of a 5 year old, fully equipped, 21 metre Banka at around PhP 1,000,000 mark, in the Subic Bay area.

I think that anything less than 20/21 metres would have the 6 or 7 pax you mentioned, falling over each other.

As well as having nowhere to go to have some "me time" chill on an inter-island passage.
"Tampo" did I hear someone say?  ;D You could always rig a seat on the outriggers I suppose   :) :) :) :) :)

Estimating tax on imported engines is like asking "how long is a long piece of string?" The last I heard was the Customs take the cost of what that engine was new in the year it was purchased (not what it is valued as 2nd. hand now) in the country you bought it, and charge that as the import tax.
So, if it cost say $20,000, they will charge equivalent of $20,000 in tax. Depreciation doesn't come into it. Then there would be marine agency registration fees for fitting it on a boat etc. etc.  >:( >:( >:(

Peter

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Meet Your Neighbors / Re: Hello all!
« Last post by uncledan on June 24, 2019, 10:34:44 PM »
          Ok, lets see if I can narrow it down some. I don't know if I'm able to post a picture here so I'll describe it as best as I can. My wife (of course) decided that to be less conspicuous we need to have a Banka style boat. I saw a picture of one with a flybridge that would work quite well. I want a diesel engine, something around 4-5 meters wide and 12-15 meters long. I know speed is not an option and being retired I really don't care how long it takes to get somewhere. My wife has a friend in Davoa who has contact with some fishing boats for sale but he said a refit would cost more than having one built. He was thinking Ph 800,000-Ph 1,000,000 for what I am looking for. I also don't know if you could get the smell out of a fishing boat. Aircon  would be a must for at least a couple areas and I was looking into solar for this as well as wind for our future house. I've been looking through a lot of posts but am not seeing anything recent for cost and material sources for solar or wind. I also have wondered how a CR works on a boat. Is there a holding tank for it? some of the pictures I've seen do not suggest this as it looks like it is hanging off the side of the boat. And if I have a holding tank is there going to be somewhere to empty it? I was thinking of bringing a boat motor over with me but was wondering what the tax would be on a 150hp Merc. It's only got 55 hrs on it. This would go on another boat so that if I wanted to get somewhere in a hurry I could. I know I have a lot of questions and I apologize. There is just so much to do and I want to get it right the first time. If I do find something I like then I'll send my wife in to negotiate as she does that very well. I want to thank all for the welcomes and info.


         Dan
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Meet Your Neighbors / Re: Hello all!
« Last post by codefreeze on June 24, 2019, 09:04:52 PM »
Welcome Dan, good luck with your move to Phils!
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Meet Your Neighbors / Re: Hello all!
« Last post by David690 on June 24, 2019, 03:43:51 PM »
Welcome aboard Dan

I echo what Peter has said earlier, really need to be a little more specific about the type and size of boat you're looking for.
Before moving here, all my free weekends were spend sailing on my 32ft sailboat.  I would have loved to bring it here but the taxes, duties etc, ruled that out cost wise.  Despite the fact that Philippines comprises 7,000 plus islands it doesn't really have a very well established pleasure boating industry here, unlike say Thailand.  I searched for quite a while before deciding that my best option was to have a boat built.  That is only a 25ft centre console fishing/pleasure boat.
Another issue for long term live aboard might be the weather.  It can get pretty hot and humid out on the water, I'd imagine aircon would be a must, that could run out quite expensive for fuel.
There are plenty of big boats in Manila Bay Harbour.  Maybe a trip there and a chat with some of the staff or boat owners would give you some insight.
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Meet Your Neighbors / Re: Hello all!
« Last post by Peter on June 24, 2019, 02:30:36 PM »
      ................ We plan to buy a boat to live on till we find what we want, then my wife and her cousins husband will look at it like a couple so we get the best price possible. I've been to the Philippines 3 time so I kind of know how things work. If anyone knows where I can start my search for a boat big enough for 6-7 persons, please let me know. I have heard that marinas are a good place to start I just need a town to start in. I love to fish so if anyone knows of some good spots please help me out and any small islands to visit as well. We plan to spend our leisure time going island to island swimming and fishing till we are tired or find a place to own. We also are looking to get a tutor for our daughter to home school her on the boat as well. Thanks in advance for any and all advice.

   Dan

Dan,

I'd like to add my welcome to you and yours as well.

Boats. What type of live-aboard boat are you interested in? Sailing, motor, cruising, Cat? Locally built Banka style? Imported?

Most important, for whatever boat you need, be prepared to pay big bucks for anything half decent in the Philippines, as compared to what you expect in those more "boating friendly" countries.

I live in the Bataan, so can only give you a couple of local pointers.
The management of the Yacht Club in the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) normally have some boats advertised for sale, on behalf of the owners.
You may contact them on < marketing@subicbayyachtclub.ph >
or +63 (0) 47 252 5211 and +63 (0) 47 252 6586

Additionally, there is RHD Marine (boat builders as well as resellers) in Subic Town at Dream Plaza, Subic 2209 Zambales.
0998 592 4437 or their website is at < rdhmarinesubic.com  >

The locations of both above can be seen on Google Earth

A word of caution though. These establishments normally cater for the "richer element" of Filipino/Expat society. But they could give you an inkling as to what's on offer.

Disclaimer: I do not have a relationship of any kind, with either of the above.

Hope this is of some help.

Peter
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Meet Your Neighbors / Re: Hello all!
« Last post by User444 on June 24, 2019, 01:32:41 PM »
Welcome Dan! From the Last Frontier to the Lush Frontier! Anda, Bohol has some good fishing and pristine water.
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Banking / Re: Banking, new laws, no more bank accounts for tourists period
« Last post by User444 on June 24, 2019, 12:53:07 PM »
I still don't have a PH bank account, but my wife's co-worker's friend works at Security Bank and was trying to meet the monthly quota for opening new accounts. The account manager said they would open a joint account for us even though I don't have an acr card. It depends on the bank.
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