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Cost Of A Small Fishing Boat

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minefield    0

Hi All,

Looking at relocating to Phuket from New Zealand and will need to buy some sort of boat to go fishing.

I would like to get something in the 16-18ft range, centre console , out board , fibre=glass or allum.

Would someone have an idear what my budget should be ??? Thanks :)

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pagallim    478
Hi All,

Looking at relocating to Phuket from New Zealand and will need to buy some sort of boat to go fishing.

I would like to get something in the 16-18ft range, centre console , out board , fibre=glass or allum.

Would someone have an idear what my budget should be ??? Thanks :)

Hi,

I've recently been through the same exercise myself here in Phuket. You will find that there are surprisingly few options in the size of boat that you're looking for, particularly centre console as most small power boats tend to be the 'speedboat' types, and most of them with inboard stern drives which are expensive to run and maintain. You should also consider where to keep the boat. The main options are:

a. Marina (there are 4) berth. These usually have a charge for a minimum of 8 metres which typically equates to 10,000 baht/month. They will usually charge you half berth rate if you have a trailer and leave it on hard standing.

b. There are some sheltered bays and areas where you can install a mooring (Chalong Bay, Rawai Beach, Ao Yon), which shouldn't cost you anything, though obviously are not secure, and the boat will need more maintenance.

c. If on trailer, either at home if you have the space, or rent some land. I know that Max-Marine-Asia also offer secure storage in their showroom.

Also to be considered is the transfer of registration of the boat, and getting a boat licence (both required to be legitimate).

Last week I concluded the purchase of a 16' Boston Whaler with a 90 hp outboard. This boat was imported by one of the Marina's a couple of years ago as a stock boat when they applied to be an agent for Boston Whaler. The first time the boat was in the water was when I took it for a sea trial, so effectively is new. I got it for 700,000 baht, which is a substantial discount on the new price, and have the benefit of the factory warranties for both the boat and engine commencing with my ownership. Probably all of the other purchases (new trailer, GPS, anchors, lines, fenders etc, etc), and licence fees, came to an additional 150,000 baht.

I don't profess to being an expert, but as I said, I've just gone through the whole process, so if there's something specific you want to know about, PM me and I may be able to help.

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captnhoy    306

As another point of reference, a friend of miine recently bought a 4 year old 2nd hand Zodiac rib center console with a 40 hp Johnson outboard. He paid 300,000 baht total and that included a trailer.

One of the main things that I would consider is how big a motor do I need and can I afford a 4 stroke outboard. I have not owned one but the stories of reliability and fuel economy never end.

I have a liveaboard trawler here in Phuket.

When searching for my dinghy I came acrossed a Thai builder of fiberglass boats in Chumporn. I did not buy from him but he makes some boats that might be worth considering.

Let us know how it goes.

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69690jay    13

Hi minefield,

16' is a bit small better to step up to 18-20'

I helped a friend buy a boat similar to the one you're after. There are good deals to be found, if you have time. If you have money you can order a boat from overseas or a Thai built to your specs. In the size your looking for expect to spend 400000 to 2000000 baht.

There was a very nice cat with trailer in Pattaya for sale asking 1.4 it had twin 90 Honda and fully fitted for coastal fishing. Not sure if he still has it but a lot of boat for a great price. Look at the cost of a new Honda 90.

Phuket has many boats and with the present economy there will be deals to be found, take your time. In the mean time when you get here your welcome to join myself and Neill (the owner) on Ocean Hunter to go fishing around Racha Islands and local area.

I am always looking and if i see something i will let you know about it.

Tight lines

jay

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minefield    0

Thanks for your replys,

Small boats seem to cost more than I though I was hoping to get something for around 200.000 Baht, Back here in NZ thats 10.000 dollars and you can pick up a great boat for that in the 16-18 foot range not new I am talking possible 10 years old.

If it all works out and I'll know before the end of the year I may see if it's possible to bring my old boat with me as house-hold goods I have a 16'6 fi-glass dominator with a 85hp out board , It's a great boat only worth about 7500 NZ dollars.

Being Thailand I thought there would be some cheap boats or at least good buys

Look forward to meeting with some of you when I get there

Graham :)

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SlackJawChef    29
Thanks for your replys,

Small boats seem to cost more than I though I was hoping to get something for around 200.000 Baht, Back here in NZ thats 10.000 dollars and you can pick up a great boat for that in the 16-18 foot range not new I am talking possible 10 years old.

If it all works out and I'll know before the end of the year I may see if it's possible to bring my old boat with me as house-hold goods I have a 16'6 fi-glass dominator with a 85hp out board , It's a great boat only worth about 7500 NZ dollars.

Being Thailand I thought there would be some cheap boats or at least good buys

Look forward to meeting with some of you when I get there

Graham :)

There are a few fiberglass center consoled fishing boats on the island here... 350,000 to 400,000 ish........ might be a bit hard pushed to find one for less than that... but with the economy the way it is, you might catch someone that really needs to sell quick.. and cheep..... good luck

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69690jay    13

Thai Helmsman cert. 5000 to 10000B depending who you know. In Phuket.

No test. just tea money. takes a couple days to get it sorted.

i have never been checked but i stay away from check point areas; Chalong.

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pagallim    478
Thai Helmsman cert. 5000 to 10000B depending who you know. In Phuket.

No test. just tea money. takes a couple days to get it sorted.

i have never been checked but i stay away from check point areas; Chalong.

Thai Helmsman (2nd Class - valid for vessels from 1 to 30 tonnes), 5500 baht. Simple to get, go to the Marine 5 Office at Phuket Port, with copy (and original) of passport/visa, copy of Temporary Residence Permit (free from Phuket Immigration Office), and completed application form. Bit of a mockery as no form of competency testing undertaken, but the important thing is the piece of paper that states that you're valid. Copy of licence as reference attached.

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minefield    0

The Thai helmsman cert you require for boating, Do they execpt over seas cert's as I have a NZ Boatmasters cert. and vhf licence

one thing that ahs interested me is the Thai longtails I have read that some have deisel motors are these up for sale and if they are for what price?

But geting to the warm climate is top proirity and finding somewhere to live ,There must be others in Phuket with boats who would like company and share expences ie fuel ect.

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captnhoy    306

The Thai helmsman cert you require for boating, Do they execpt over seas cert's as I have a NZ Boatmasters cert. and vhf licence

You'll find out soon enough. They don't give a hoot about your NZ certificate OR vhf license.

They accept cash. And be prepared to quote the actual 5500 baht price when they tell you it's 10,000 baht.

Here are some tips based on my own experience here.

You mentioned possibly bringing your current boat as household goods. Do that if you can. There is a tax free allowance for household items up to a certain amount. Find out what that is. Paying import duty on the boat you like could be better than buying a boat. It sounds like you know the boat and that you are satisfied with it. I'm not sure that boats overall are any cheaper here. Certainly not in Phuket with all the western brand names being imported.

For price comparisons, consider this - off the shelf marine electronics in Thailand are double the price of the same item in the western world. When you question that, the Thai dealer always pleads import and VAT. Those taxes combined are 15%. Not 100%.

The point is, if you've been thinking about upgrading that vhf or sounder, etc, etc, - do it before you come here and pay the real retail price.

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