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Old 29-11-2010, 16:19   #16
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ebay and private listings are great, also...
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Old 29-11-2010, 16:20   #17
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Do you mind telling this guy? West coast of Scotland. So far I'm short a few hundred thousand...


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LOL.... Sorry I keep forgetting CF's a rich dudes web forum...
for poor buga's like me (under 37ft) there be bargains up north...

But more seriously... biggest for least is US and Carib... for the likes of me...
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Old 29-11-2010, 19:36   #18
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The Med and Carribean seem to have the best priced cats, no doubt due to the charter disposals.
Australia on the other hand must have some of the highest prices.
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The Med and Carribean seem to have the best priced cats, no doubt due to the charter disposals.
Australia on the other hand must have some of the highest prices.
Why would that be? Just curious.
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Old 29-11-2010, 22:05   #20
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Why would that be? Just curious.
I think the Aussie's like electing governments that have high import taxes on "luxury items" such as sailboats.
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I heard, from fellow cruisers who now keep their boat there, that the Azores is OK to buy cheap boats - Europeans set off round the world, and tend to bail out there if their wives aren't happy!
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Old 30-11-2010, 03:11   #22
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Best value worlwide = tropical destination + low-time owner + bristol boat + tens of thousands $ in upgrades + motivated seller + one passage made to, you guessed it - tropical destination. Guaranteed bargain, at your local tropical destination (including Hawaii)

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san carlos , mexico, la paz, mexico-- all the way down mexico coast-- same reason--wifee says--I AINT GONNA GO THERE--SELL THE DANG BOAT OR NO ME!
pooor guys...... but the boat is dirt cheap///
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How do you compare prices?

Add two grand to get one through the Panama Canal. Add ten or fifteen grand to get it delivered or floated across the Pacific. Add...how much for each "can't book that 90 days in advance the boat boat is for sale now" round trip airfare and looksee trip?

And add how much when you don't know local laws (VAT? Sales taxes?) and title or liens or the sale hits a bump and you don't have any idea how to resolve it?

Sometimes, "cheapest" is not a good way to make a purchase. Much less an easy thing to determine. What's the saying? "Bought cheap, paid dearly."
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How do you compare prices?

Add two grand to get one through the Panama Canal. Add ten or fifteen grand to get it delivered or floated across the Pacific. Add...how much for each "can't book that 90 days in advance the boat boat is for sale now" round trip airfare and looksee trip?

And add how much when you don't know local laws (VAT? Sales taxes?) and title or liens or the sale hits a bump and you don't have any idea how to resolve it?

Sometimes, "cheapest" is not a good way to make a purchase. Much less an easy thing to determine. What's the saying? "Bought cheap, paid dearly."
Ahhh.... but the 'adventure' is beyond price....
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Old 30-11-2010, 21:47   #26
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Irregardless of where the cheapest boats are found, it certainly is worth having a good hard, cool-headed, look at the costs associated with getting a boat from where it is to where you want it. For every story I hear about a boat brought home from some place exotic for a bargain basement price, I hear 3 horror stories about spiralling costs and unforeseen expenses when trying to get a bargain boat from elsewhere. Almost every (2nd hand) sailing magazine I peruse has stories of fees, taxes, duties, over-zealous immigration officials, termite fumigation, etc.

That isn't to say that it cannot be done, but it is to say that it isn't always as easy or cheap as it looks. As Boatman61 so perceptively points out, it may be the adventure of getting a boat from a far-flung location is the "treasure" more than the cash saving.

Certainly, for me, buying a boat locally was a no-brainer
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I could go to the boat to inspect and survey and test sail, with relative ease - if the boat turned out to be a dud, Ihadn't wasted much money.
I could easily have minor problems fixed locally or, given that the delivery was reltively short, leave them to fix at home port
Being relatively cash-rich and time-poor, a short (2 week) delivery was attractive
No import duties / VAT due / taxes / fees / immigration hassles, etc.
It was relatively easy to budget, with no real unkowns or hidden costs

Cons
Boat was expensive relative to buying a similar one from far away.
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If you want to make a profit, probably not going to happen. If you want a cheap extended holiday with a boat at the end it makes sense. Older boats that always need lots of service/repair prior to returning & contain lots of wood are a problem when returning to Aus. I would not buy privately overseas as importing then becomes more of a problem with Aus. customs and if something goes wrong with the purchase you are very much on your own. Like most things to do with sailing you need to take your time both buying and sailing.
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Off topic so please excuse me.........So tell me how does this work when you live in Canada and want to purchase a sailboat in another country? How long does the re-registration take? I've heard it can be a nightmare.....am I missunderstanding? What is involved in doing something like this?

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