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Old 26-08-2008, 22:57   #1
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Lagoon 380 in Indonesia

I found a Lagoon 380 for $125K in Indonesia and was wondering how doable is it to get it back to the USA. I am sure I could find a delivery skipper who could do it but is it worth it? $125 is a great price but Indonesia is a long long way away. Don't ask me specific questions on why the price is so low, I am still trying to find that out. There seems to be somewhat of a language barrier between the sales guy and myself. Thanks for the help.
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Old 27-08-2008, 16:35   #2
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Vagueness is the first of the alarm bells...

You need to get an answer to the question about why the boat is so cheap.

The get a full ownership history and check title...
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Old 27-08-2008, 17:06   #3
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I am already working that issue but wanted to see whether getting the boat back here was even worth it. My son lives in Ensenada Mexico so I would take the boat there for a year to eliminate paying Calif sales tax
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Old 27-08-2008, 17:32   #4
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Forget It!

Much as I love Indonesia (and I know it from living and sailing there as a young lad, and from later visits), it's just about the last place in the world I'd go to buy a "bargain" boat. Unless, perhaps, it was my intention to spend several years sailing in the Far East.

Indonesia is 10,000 miles away. Getting the boat home to California is going to cost a small fortune, no matter how you do it.

You don't know the condition of the boat with any certainty, quite irrespective of "language problems". The only way to know is to travel there with your three surveyors (for a boat survey, a rigging survey, and an engine survey). Licensing and documentation, and other official paperworks could well be a nightmare.

Now, if you're REALLY looking for an exotic adventure....

And, you're ready to spend about twice the money you think you are....

And, you want tales to tell your children and grandchildren for the next 30 years....

Then, by all means, go for it :-)

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Old 27-08-2008, 17:35   #5
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wstu - I have asked around about this boat. No one knows it yet but it is early times. If you PM me more details I may be able to ask some specifics.

BTW - Full disclosure - I am very curious about the boat. I would never step into your deal but if you decide to pass on this I would be interested in the details in any case.
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Wayne,

Delivery is going to cost at least 20-25k for a professional at the low end ($2/mile) and probably much more. Plus, consider the wear and tear on the boat for such a long distance. On the other hand if you are willing to move to where the boat is and start your cruise in asia it might be worth it to sail it back yourself, giving yourself time to enjoy Borneo, the Phillipines, Japan and the Pacific NW. Keeping the following in mind, of course:
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You don't know the condition of the boat with any certainty, quite irrespective of "language problems". The only way to know is to travel there with your three surveyors (for a boat survey, a rigging survey, and an engine survey). Licensing and documentation, and other official paperworks could well be a nightmare.

Now, if you're REALLY looking for an exotic adventure....

And, you're ready to spend about twice the money you think you are....

And, you want tales to tell your children and grandchildren for the next 30 years....
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