THE DREAM: In February it was a dream come true. Arnstein Mustad had just bought a new Robert Perry designed Tayana 48. Anticipating an idyllic voyage home from the Orient, he hurriedly sold the home, farmed out the dog, stored his furniture and got his passport in order.

Flying to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the first week in March, Mustad spend a month commissioning the new boat, at Ta Yang Yacht Building Company, before his crew began to arrive. One big incentive for this dream cruise, was that the shipping cost savings would finance the voyage itself. He might take off three or four months from work, pay the crew?s flights out to Taiwan and still come out dollars ahead.

Yet, idyllic dreams have a way of becoming nightmares when reality sets in. Minor troubles crop up with all new boats, and may not show up in day long cruises near the building yard. They might only materialize on a week long shakedown at sea. Repair delays can compound into additional expenses. Missed schedules can mean flying the original crew home to their jobs, recruiting and flying out replacement crew. Western Pacific flights from the U.S. can cost over $1000 one way. These added expenses quickly eat up any savings on the purchase price.