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Below is an array of information that you will want to take into consideration
when selecting a boat and preparing for your live aboard adventures abroad.
SOLAR POWER

 

Solar panels on a boat work the same as solar panels on land.  Electrons are activated on the solar panel surface with light hits the solar panel.  A DC charge is formed when these electrons begin to jump from one atom to another to create an electrical current.  The DC charge is then transferred to and stored in your battery to be used as needed.

There are three common types of solar powered cells with pros and cons of their own, used in marine solar panels.  The three types are (1) Common Solar Panels, (2) Monocrystalline, and (3) Amorphous Silicon. 

THINGS TO KNOW

NAVIGATION SYSTEMS

 

Marine radars are key for collision avoidance and navigation at sea. They are an integral component for safety at sea and near the shore.   Captains need to be able to maneuver their ships within feet in the worst of conditions and to be able to navigate through darkness, fog and stormy weather conditions. 

DINGHY OR TENDER
 
When choosing a dinghy, one needs to consider their needs with respect to: capacity (number of people to carry and / or payload), performance (speed), distance you will travel with the dinghy, propulsion, portability, storage and cost.
MARINE WATERMAKERS
Creating clean drinking water on your boat, especially while cruising, is a necessity.  Water tanks can only hold so much water and restricted space onboard may hinder you from carrying enough water for your needs. Whether you have enough capacity for all your water needs or not, having a marine watermaker can make planning a long distance cruise easier.  Marine watermakers use reverese osmosis to create water.  They make around 40 gallons per 24 hours and use a few amps of electricity.  There are limitations relating to expense, usage of battery power and potential break downs since they're mechanical.  Also, they can only be used at sea as bay water has too much junk that it could clog the membrane of the watermaker. 
MARINE INSURANCE & WARRANTIES

It's best to have separate insurance for one's home and boat.  This is because in most cases, your homeowner's insurance won't magically stetch coverage to one's boat.  Homeowner's policies may provide minimal coverage for really small boats, but it likely won't provide the type of coverage needed.  Just as auto insurance is separate, it's suggested that boat insurance also be separate. There is potential for savings when bundling the three together.

PASSPORTS & VISAS

 

U.S. Passports - All information on requirements for a U.S. passport application is found at the U.S. Department of State website, including requirements for first time applicants, how to renew a passport as well as associated fees and procedures.  

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html 

 

Visas - United States citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad, may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit. 

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html

SAILING LESSONS

The American Sailing Association has many affiliated sailing schools which offer sailing lessons in many locations around the U.S., far east, Canada, Caribbean and many other popular sailing locations.  ASA affiliated sailing schools graduate and certify thousands of new sailors each year.  These schools offer and follow a proven curriculum in a professional, supportive learning environment directed bycertified sailing instructors.

http://asa.com/find-sailing-school/ 

OWNING A CAR ABROAD

 

Buying a car overseas can be more complex than buying a car domestically. Despite it being more complex, there are many advantages.  USAA provides 9 great tips for buying a car overseas.

https://www.usaa.com/inet/pages/advice-auto-oversea?akredirect=true 

INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE

When one is planning to living abroad for a year or more, it best to have the best health and medical coverage possible for themselves and any family living with them.  The highly rated insurers compared on the link below offer comprehensive worldwide annually renewable health insurance tailored to the needs of expatriates, global nomads or international citizens.  

http://www.internationalinsurance.com/compare/global-medical.php

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HOMESCHOOLING CHILDREN

 

Depending on where one is traveling with their family, the schools may not be suited for the children for one reason or another.  Homeschooling can be a great solution.  Learn more information at the following link: http://www.homeschool.com/articles/overseas/default.asp

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