We are Canadian and bought a US documented vessel in Ft Lauderdale. We did a "high seas closing" and have yet to pay any taxes
. This was all handled by the broker. We haul the boat in Florida for the hurricane
season and take it to the Bahamas
for the winter. This meets the US cruising permit requirements, the Bahamas permit is just money
The Canadian documentation
took a month. Until then we were an undocumented Canadian vessel and advised to stay tied to the dock
The folks at Transport Canada were very good, advised me about the tonnage survey
requirements so I was able to do it all myself.
We used a documentation company in Miami
to handle the US delisting and the Canadian documentation. I think that reduced our wait times. They know who to talk to to get these things through the system.
If you can find a Canadian documented vessel down south that suits your needs that would be the easiest, fastest way to get in the wind
. (And probably the cheapest with the dollar so low.)
Good luck ! Bob