I have a pending insurance issue and when that is solved
I will move to an Australian company.
And yes, there are many non insured boats out on the high seas. Probably the majority.
How was the import process? Did you use a customs agent?
It was easy with the customs agent. Worth the money
. I had to get a new evaluation on my boat because it took me over 1 year from the purchase
date of my boat.
What about the time taken from date of contract to actually departing the port for Australia?
This was months. Because, that is how it worked out for us. We purchased the boat while there on a business trip, and did not plan to go back to sail it home for several months. This is why we went over the 1 year and had to pay to get an evaluation which was much higher than what we paid for the boat.
We took 6 weeks to get the boat ready when we did return the USA, and this would easily be enough time to change the rego to Australian. Another guy on this forum claims it takes months to do the paper work. Although I did it from Australia, even with international shipping
times it would have only taken a few weeks at worst. I found AMSA very easy and efficient to work with.
Did you buy from a broker?
Yes. And this made the paper work much easier. Removal
from US coastguard etc etc. You may have more trouble with AU rego without one, and if you get back within one year you may also have more difficulty in using the purchase price
as the import price
. Just be aware boat prices here are tanking so be careful if you are in this to make a buck.