I would guess they term the boat tax as a use tax rather than a sales tax...they do that in a lot of states here...so you get taxed for using the waters not buying
the boat. Here a boat has to be a certain length and/or a 10hp+ engine
, then you get taxed for using Washington
waters if you stay here more than 6 months in a 24 month period or something like that.
Hard to find direct comparisons on pricing for old fiberglass
So 4 Columbia
34s in AUS that I can find online, ranging from 1979-1983 in year and $50-70k AUD in price
. Several in the US ranging from $15k-35k USD. So let's say you bought a boat for $25k US and paid 30% in taxes
($7.5k) that would put you at $32.5k+misc fees
of maybe another $2k...so maybe 34.5k. Compared to buying
the same boat for ~$60k AUD + 10% tax...still a pretty good deal I guess as long as the exchange rate stays decent.
Just thinking Columbia
because there's a cheap
1968 Columbia 36 near me asking $19.5k. I went on one last time I was looking at boats and a lot of boat for your bucks....solid as hell and quite roomy below for a boat of its age.