Any way for an expat to own a boat?

Hi all, just joined, my wife and I are new to Saigon.

Is there any way for an expat to own a boat here? I've got dreams of exploring the waterways and eventually taking longer trips, perhaps even up the mighty Mekong. Am open to getting any licenses required. Any experiences would be well received, perhaps even with beer! :)

Following, always wanted to know more about this myself.

Boats

My suggestion, marry someone with a boat who lives on the river.
If you don't want to do that, stick to a motorcycle.

Vietnam, at the present time, is not pleasure boat friendly.
Have you noticed that in a city of 14 million, there are exactly 3 pleasure boats on the local waters.
Well, maybe not exactly, but I did look and count over the 2+ years I was here, as I have a boat, now in the Pacific.

Check this out:
https://www.cruisingworld.com/destinati … revisited/

Wxx3 :

My suggestion, marry someone with a boat who lives on the river.
If you don't want to do that, stick to a motorcycle.

Vietnam, at the present time, is not pleasure boat friendly.
Have you noticed that in a city of 14 million, there are exactly 3 pleasure boats on the local waters.
Well, maybe not exactly, but I did look and count over the 2+ years I was here, as I have a boat, now in the Pacific.

Check this out:
https://www.cruisingworld.com/destinati … revisited/

Thanks for the link, very interesting. As you may have guessed from my post, I'm already married!

Aiming to see if I can increase the pleasure boat count from 3 to 4. If there's already (at least) 3 that means it's possible!

I'm very interested in this subject as well, it seems a shame that there are virtually no pleasure boats here when there are so many interesting waterways. I have owned a succession of boats throughout my life in Ireland and sold the last one two years ago, vowing to never buy another, but the waterways here are very tempting.

Having just arrived it may take a while, but I have a few vague leads I'm following up already. I will put whatever information I learn online and link to it here.

If I was to live in the delta, creating my Florida lifestyle, my idea of a pleasure boat is a cross-eyed wood fishing boat.

chunk-ah chunk-ah chunk-ah chunk-ah . . .

https://pixen.netlify.com/pix/eyeboat.jpg

gobot :

If I was to live in the delta, creating my Florida lifestyle, my idea of a pleasure boat is a cross-eyed wood fishing boat.

chunk-ah chunk-ah chunk-ah chunk-ah . . .

https://pixen.netlify.com/pix/eyeboat.jpg

My goal is to have eyes painted on my boat.

I've always thought that was a great idea.

gobot :

If I was to live in the delta, creating my Florida lifestyle, my idea of a pleasure boat is a cross-eyed wood fishing boat.

Wxx3 :

My goal is to have eyes painted on my boat.

I've always thought that was a great idea.

It's a tradition that went back to the beginning of the country. 

According to the Complete Annals of Đại Việt (the bible of Vietnamese history), the custom of painting eyes on the boats started during the reign of Hùng Vương (2879 - 258 BCE).  When diving fishermen complained of being attacked by crocodiles, the Hùng King suggested that they tattoo the bodies with fish scales and paint the boats with fish eyes.  This was to fool the predators into thinking that the fishermen and the boats were fish and parts of sea life instead of the invaders of their environment.

Im one of all of you too, I would love to have my own boat even A RIB , the ease to get somewhere by small boat no need the luxuary boat,  a 20 ft - 25ft open with a shade would do nicely

Grant Kiwi :

Im one of all of you too, I would love to have my own boat even A RIB , the ease to get somewhere by small boat no need the luxuary boat,  a 20 ft - 25ft open with a shade would do nicely

The smaller the boat, the larger the floating debris in the water will seem in comparison, and the more obvious to the naked eye.

Your nose will also be closer to the stench of the river water.

I took the Water Taxi while in HCMC (not to be confused with the high speed catamaran which goes to Vũng Tàu) and it's definitely not a scenic trip if you look at the water.

In comparison, the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers seem pristine.

OceanBeach92107 :
Grant Kiwi :

Im one of all of you too, I would love to have my own boat even A RIB , the ease to get somewhere by small boat no need the luxuary boat,  a 20 ft - 25ft open with a shade would do nicely

The smaller the boat, the larger the floating debris in the water will seem in comparison, and the more obvious to the naked eye.

Your nose will also be closer to the stench of the river water.

I took the Water Taxi while in HCMC (not to be confused with the high speed catamaran which goes to Vũng Tàu) and it's definitely not a scenic trip if you look at the water.

In comparison, the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers seem pristine.

Have to agree, the waterways here are putrid. Back in 2008, the canal between D4 and Dy was totally black and stunk, but locals still fished in it.

colinoscapee :
OceanBeach92107 :
Grant Kiwi :

Im one of all of you too, I would love to have my own boat even A RIB , the ease to get somewhere by small boat no need the luxuary boat,  a 20 ft - 25ft open with a shade would do nicely

The smaller the boat, the larger the floating debris in the water will seem in comparison, and the more obvious to the naked eye.

Your nose will also be closer to the stench of the river water.

I took the Water Taxi while in HCMC (not to be confused with the high speed catamaran which goes to Vũng Tàu) and it's definitely not a scenic trip if you look at the water.

In comparison, the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers seem pristine.

Have to agree, the waterways here are putrid. Back in 2008, the canal between D4 and Dy was totally black and stunk, but locals still fished in it.

Some of the places where beautiful women will go to have their photos taken "by the water"...

Before moving back to Melbourne six months ago, I had a Dutch friend in Saigon who was married to a Vietnamese. He was a fully accredited marine skipper who did jobs around the world including Vung Tau captaining supply ships to offshore oil platforms, and captaining supply ships from the Middle East and West Africa to Europe and vice versa. So he had every high-end qualification you could think of.

He bought an old wooden Vietnamese fishing vessel ("boat" might be a more appropriate description, 10 metres or so) and completely rebuilt and refurbished it for tourist trips along the VN coast and up the Mekong. New motor, flushing toilet, seating arrangements, barbecue, sleeping quarter, every possible navigation item etc etc. It kept costing him a fortune -- as he said, "buy a boat, work yourself to death" (it rhymes in Dutch) -- not to mention mooring issues and thefts of basic fitments and expensive equipment when he had skippering jobs overseas and had to rely on local oversight (ha ha!). He still doesn't have the tourist operation on the water three years down the t(r)ack.

I'm sorry I can't help you with advice on permits etc, but I suppose in his case, being married to a Vietnamese would have helped. The boat might even be in her name for all I know (I never asked). But the other hassles are likely to outweigh the joys. I'm an avid sailor myself (sailed a yacht across the Atlantic many years ago, never really went for motor boats) so I can empathise with the urge. However, Vietnam might not be the best place to own a boat right now, certainly not as a foreigner. Great potential though, with its stunning coastline.

I've been sailing for years and I look to see if there was somewhere in Vietnam. I could rent a sailboat and was not able to find any. Well, this is slightly off topic if anybody knows where you can rent a sailboat to some sailing, that would be great to know.

Sometimes in VN it seems the only way to find out what the rules are is to ignore them and then see what happens. There are boats available all around VN but none in it ! I missed a very nice one for sale in Cambodia only a days sailing to Phu Quoc , but could I find out what paperwork I would require ? ... you guessed it ! So the only option was to do it anyway and wait and see. Unfortunately, that boat was sold, so I never found out. Now I'm looking at boats in Koh Samui and Singapore and then sail to Phu Quoc. I have a friend in Bien Hoa who bought a small wooden canoe style boat with a clunky but cute inboard desel engine and he chugs everywhere up and down the Bien Hoa river, gets drung on rice vodka with local fishfarmers and says the river police and everybody are really friendly and more laid back than the land police...which is what one would expect.... so ... just do it !

Yes, you only need to have valid temporary resident card for registering a pleasure boat under your name.

It is also possible for foreigners to have a vietnamese skipper/captain license so you can use your boat without the need to have a vietnamese skipper on boards.

Me and a couple of other expats joined together some years ago to get the required licenses. A local licensed teacher conducted the classes and organized the exams.

It took some effort and money but finally we got our licenses.

Ciambella :

According to the Complete Annals of Đại Việt (the bible of Vietnamese history), the custom of painting eyes on the boats started during the reign of Hùng Vương (2879 - 258 BCE).

Thx for the research.
Seems Hung Vuong had a good long life. Even longer than Moses (120 yrs) and Adam (930 yrs).  :/

szandordashwood :

Sometimes in VN it seems the only way to find out what the rules are is to ignore them and then see what happens.

Ask forgiveness, not permission.  :cool:

OceanBeach92107 :

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gobot :

Seems Hung Vuong had a good long life. Even longer than Moses (120 yrs) and Adam (930 yrs).  :/

There were 18 Hùng Vương (Hùng Kings), each lived about 100 years.  In all of my history classes, they're called by the same name, the name of the Hùng Dynasty.  It's the same with other reigning families:  Chúa Trịnh (Trịnh Lords), vua Lê (Lê Kings), Chúa Nguyễn (Nguyễn Lords), Vua nhà Nguyễn (Nguyễn Kings and the Last Emperor)., etc.

It seemed to me back when I was in school that historians believed it's the family that reigned, not the person.

gobot :
OceanBeach92107 :

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Look like that troublemaker OB got sent to his room by the censors again  ...  :dumbom:

I have been acquitted! 😎

(My pearls of wisdom are again on public display)

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