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Old 04-25-2017, 04:42 PM   #1
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To which continent to retire?

If you had the choice, to take your yacht (or transport it)(or buy one there) to another region from NA, where would you go?
The question is about mooring, parts, labor, fuel, anchoring, provisions, and anything related to daily living on board.
If your choices are Asia, Europe, SA, which one would you choose?
I know this can be a very personal choice, so I just want opinions based on experience.
If anyone has one?
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:11 PM   #2
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For me, Scandinavian countries or NZ. But, hard to beat the US variety especially when including Great Lakes and rivers.
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After having visited Mauritius, I would certainly consider there or the Seychelles. Mauritius was a UK colony just to the east of Madagascar, mostly populated with indian and french nationallities.
seychilles is just to the north of madagascar.

both wonderful places that speak english.
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:25 PM   #4
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If you are talking about full time liveaboarding, then it would have to be pretty, civilized, cheap and not so harsh of a climate winter or summer. That leaves the southern Mediterranean like the Turkish Coast and islands or someplace in South/Central America like Costa Rica.

In fact southern Turkey in the winter (although their politics is beginning to suck) and the Croatian islands in the summer might be an ideal compromise of those qualities listed above.

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Old 04-25-2017, 05:34 PM   #5
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Australia, New Zealand, Nicaragua or Colombia (in that order) are on my list for possible relocation...
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Like you said this is only a personal opinion but for me it will be Caribbean and here are the reasons:
1. Diversity: Lot of island, and lot of difference in culture, landscape etc.
2. Diving: Infinite pleasure for it, always something new to discover.
3. Climate: just perfect, and even if you want to avoid hurricanes, you can find spots outside of the way.
4. You can get a french taste in Martinique, a Dutch taste in Bonaire, a Spanish taste, a British taste etc etc so nice.

For the budget side well depends on so many things that like anywhere else it can be on the lower side or the higher side depending on your needs, the place and many factors.

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Exactly where I am.
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:57 PM   #8
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Australia, New Zealand, Nicaragua or Colombia (in that order) are on my list for possible relocation...


Gee thanks garrobito for dumping us in the same bin as Nicaragua or even NZ
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Old 04-25-2017, 06:04 PM   #9
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My wife and I are seriously considering our options for retirement. There are plenty of places we still would like to visit before deciding, but on the top of our list so far are:

Lankawi, Mayasia

Lycian Coast, Turkey

Ionian coast, Greece
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Old 04-25-2017, 06:29 PM   #11
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We are off to Japan as soon as I get medical insurance cover
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If it ever opens up to sea born travellers Vietnam in a heartbeat.
Until then Thailand and Malaysia.
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Whichever continent my kids and grandkids are on.
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If your choices are Asia, Europe, SA, which one would you choose?
There are lots of interesting places in the world to visit. Visiting versus living is very different. East coast of NA works for me.

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Tasmania. Friends tell me it's like the US in the 1960's.
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Anything tropical is out of the question. Places like Colombia have been hostile to my well-being/health. High heat and humidity are my nemesis. A temperate climate with low humidity and without extreme temperatures suits me.

Oregon:



Southern England:



Central California:

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Except in winter when it is pouring icy rain after 40cm of snow and just before 1 week under -25C

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Except in winter when it is pouring icy rain after 40cm of snow and just before 1 week under -25C
Pretty much the same deal here except it only goes down to -20C and we get 1.2 meter (4 foot) snowfalls. I love it! The extreme weather and the rain is why this place is so amazing.

When you think of how many places you can get to by boat on BC's north coast, factor in how many rivers and creeks there are to explore, then add some mountain ridges and peaks to the list, then visit each during the different seasons...2 lifetimes wouldn't be enough.

Isolated South Pacific islands would be worth an occasional visit however...
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Whichever continent my kids and grandkids are on.
Tough choices when two kids are in BC and one, the only one with grandkids, is in Portugal.
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