I have cruised a little and work offshore
. So let me continue
As a Canadian, you are eligible to register under the British Flag or any other commonwealth country, in general. I used Jersey because they are fast and efficient, and the registration
is good for 10 years. but since I am American I had to do it through a British corporation.
The only hassle with the British system (UK, Jersey, Cayman Islands
etc) is that you are required to get a tonnage survey
, by an approved surveyor
. If you are not near England
or cannot find a surveyor
that the jurisdiction will accept, you are out of luck. If you are in the USA you can find one I am sure, maybe in Ft. Lauderdale, but you will have to do some digging. And it will probably cost a few hundred bucks plus their travel costs.
If you get an address with St. Brendans, Delaware really is the way to go. they do not ask for ID. All they want is your documents, your money
and an address to send the registration
to. You have to buy the number decals and put them on.
Delaware is quite picky with documents. the bill of sale
has to be notarized. If the boat is not from a state that issues titles, you need to send in the ORIGINAL registration, not a photocopy.You have to say you intend to use the vessel in Delaware state waters wink wink. they do not care in truth. If you do it right and use Fed Ex too, it will be under two weeks and three years' registration will cost you $60.
One of my boats here in Antigua
is USCG, another is Jersey, and one is Delaware. Have had no issues at all with Delaware and have never heard of anyone encountering problems. Maybe if you went to China
cruising, where no one ever goes.??
In fact when my Jersey boat got to Antigua
, the delivery captain
checked in using the expired temporary registration and no one noticed.
No one "looks up" your registration to see if you own it, if you are talking about a lil' sailboat. The one thing they are picky about is seeing if you checked out properly from the last jurisdiction.
You might consider buying
a boat already down in cruising grounds. It's a buyer's market generally. I speak of the Eastern Caribbean
. Just like anywhere, there are people holding out for top dollar, and there are people who wait for a long time and will make a deal.
For example, there are 167 sailboats under 80 feet for sale
in St. Martin. If you fly there, you can find something you like. Great place to have work done. For example, I saw this 28 foot Dufour
for $19,500. It has a noisy one banger engine
, but it was well maintained. The owner is said to have two boats. I do not know him
1979 Dufour 28 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
then, you don't have to bash against the wind
and waves to get down here.