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
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
duties / VAT due / taxes / fees
/ immigration hassles, etc.
It was relatively easy to budget
, with no real unkowns or hidden costs
Boat was expensive relative to buying
a similar one from far away.