West Coast Canadian here, where living aboard boats at river or ocean marinas is common. Searching online hasn’t really turned up any info about how common this is in Taipei or Taiwan. Any folks who have experience with this? Where are the key marinas? Rent or own boats? Slip fees?
Just to be clear, it’s basically illegal to own a recreational boat or aircraft in Taiwan.
I was shocked as hell to see a helicopter flying around my apartment building a month or so ago. Then I realized it was Taipower checking the huge power lines.
[quote=“Impaler”]Just to be clear, it’s basically illegal to own a recreational boat or aircraft in Taiwan.
I was shocked as hell to see a helicopter flying around my apartment building a month or so ago. Then I realized it was Taipower checking the huge power lines.[/quote]
Legacy of the Martial Law era.
No privately owned pleasure craft are permitted.
Although a huge percentage of those sold worldwide are, in fact, made here.
Savour the exquisite irony.
I’ve seen people flying ultralights. It’s probably one of the many rules that are not enforced. Like stopping at red lights.
It’s completely shocking to me, especially given the fact that the best possible dive trip in the world could be easily run out of Ilan. First dive would be the thermal vents at Turtle Island, followed by a fantastic and mellow drift (or two) along her backside, then head 75 miles east overnight to the underwater pyramids (complete with hammerheads) in Japanese waters. A Taiwanese company probably couldn’t arrange the requisite visas for such an outing, but a tour company with a Canadian or some other overseas registration could. This has long been by FU money plan.
I think most yards have left Taiwan for the mainland in the last 10 years, but there are a couple left. I’m told by a friend who owns a couple of fishing boats that the fishermen don’t want pleasure boats in their harbors and that they have a pretty strong lobby. Don’t know how true that it, but it seems to follow.
In any case, I’m not sure I’d want to be a liveaboard in a location that gets as many typhoons a year as here.
Now, everything is clear, at last. Thank you guys.
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