Hi Stan, My friend and I are in the preparation stage of our move to Ecuador later this year and I would be obliged if you could help us with a couple questions.
We are both beginner/intermediate prospectors with experience from AZ to AK.
We will be departing the states with just the basics ie; metal detectors, pans, sluice boxes and hand dredges. We have come to the conclusion that spending $10,000 to ship $8000 worth of supplies is ridiculous.
The issue is is that we want to bring, at the very least, our backpack dredge and highbanker but are in a pickle as to how to get them there.
We are toying with the idea of crating them up and sending them via carrier and also we are contemplating buying some hard cases and bringing them with us as checked baggage.
Any thoughts and ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks Stan and keep up the good work. TC
Stan's response: Both of your ideas are valid, in my opinion. I would compare costs of each. If the prices are anywhere in the same neighborhood, I would bring them as checked baggage.
You should also know that there are motors, pumps, hoses, and two different 4" - 8" dredge manufacturers here in Ecuador. Talented metal fabricators are everywhere too.
I hope you like this place as much as I do.