We will add to this article as our experience grows!
Observation #1 about sailing in Taiwan is that having a powerful enough engine is essential for getting your boat in and out of ports. The narrow entrances of harbours magnify waves and it could be a fight to get in and out. Additionally, during our first coastal sail in January 2017, we had good wind (and wind direction) but a strong southward current meant that we couldn't go north where our home port was. Our electric engine is enough for fair weather but isn't suited for fiercer conditions. We asked God for guidance and felt it best to enter the nearest harbour instead. If you find yourself sailing on the west coast of Taiwan: have a dependable engine with enough fuel. You may find it necessary to motor for longer than you would like, especially when making landfall. The weather is fickle.
Observation #2: Yachtsmen visiting Taiwan can apply for permission online to stay up to 6 months maximum in a Taiwan harbour. Foreign yachts need to apply for special permission to stay - the longest period given is 3 months, After that you can apply 3 more times - each time for 1 month. The total is 6 months in one year. If you still want to be in Taiwan after 6 months you need to have atleast one of the following requirements:
1. A berth agreement for over 6 months with a marina authority (we signed an agreement for 1 year with a fishing harbour).
2. Written proof by a factory of damages that need to be repaired before you leave Taiwan. The factory needs to state in the letter how long repairs will take.
3. A safety reason like dangerous weather or a typhoon.
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