As boat owner/operators are continually asked about boat sharing, which in the past most advised against due to certain companies going well above the recommended maximum of 4/5 for serious fishing, a new idea is doing the rounds, which proposes a “non-profit” fishing and boating association dedicated to making Big Game Fishing and boating in general, more accessible and affordable especially to our expat community, their friends and those who are travelling to Phuket alone, or in small groups.
There would be three types of associates:
1. The visitor/tourist - is free and the association would offer boats at a heavily discounted “boat sharing” price in association with some of our many local afishinados.
2. Expat - is also free although it would require an up-front B2,000 refundable deposit/bond to cover any and all trips.
3. Boat owner/operator - would be a 5 per cent finder’s fee for all trips organised by the association; this would cover set-up fees and incidental expenses.
What the Mena “budget” boats propose to offer probably best describes how the system would work and explains their subsidies toward the association’s goal of reducing everyone’s costs:
Mena 2 & 3 propose charging 50% of their web site price to the tourist clients and guarantee that if even only “one” expat registers to go, the boat will still leave on the proposed date. They also confirm there would be a maximum of three expats on the boat, (the other 50%) as they believe any more than four/five fishing is too many.
Mena 1 would be the same, except being a more expensive boat, it would be four maximum for expats, again when there is only “one” expat available the company will subsidise the balance and the boat will still sail.
Other owner/operators would be welcome to participate with their own “specials”, which would be run through a dedicated internet site where participants could be introduced to each other via social media in advance of booking a trip.
Any helpful observations or input to this proposed idea would be greatly appreciated, so please send in your views as we continue to consolidate our thinking.
The Burma Banks has some of the best “bill” fishing on the planet, up there in the top 10 “must visit” for any fisherman.
M.V. Thai 2 On intends to work out of Ranong, Thailand in February and March 2017 doing weekly charters in this 400 square mile underwater plateau where trolling and jigging is often unsurpassed.
Leaving Ranong on day one and picking up our obligatory Myanmartian J (Burmese) “guide” at Victoria we head to West Rock and the following five days are spent trolling and jigging the Banks. Day seven back to Ranong via West Rock and Victoria to drop off the guide.
So that’s it for this month.
Tight lines to all and condolences to all our Thai friends at this sad time.