Ive read a little on this on another forum, and from memory, buying in the USA and importing back to the UK, after the european CE certification
(requries a specific survey), after duty & registration
is paid, as well as delivery
crews (unless you can do it with freinds). After all that, then I heard that there can be approx a 30% saving.
Dont forget you will probably want a survey
done in the USA before you buy it as well...Im sure this 30% figure is arbitrary based on someones personal opinion or expereince.
Oh...and voltage change over.
I think I would for the right boat and saving. Although one has to be making a certain level of investment to make the saving noticable, bearing in mind some delivery
companies in the UK pay thier skippers several thousand £ for a delivery its likely to cost a bit to get it brought back for you.
Otherwise to bring it back yourself you will need to carry all your kit with you from the UK, around the USA until you find the right boat. Or you could have everything pre-packaged and call a freight company to ship it out to you when you are readying her for the crossing.
Im sure there is an element of risk in sailing the yacht trans atlantic without really knowing what she is like - unless you are a super sailor and your pocket tool can fix everything in your hands.
And then dont forget: Do you want to risk the time and effort inolved in flying out to see something for the first time, on the chance you might buy it or it might not be "as described".
Im looking for a 40ft +/- 5' and if i can save £25000 on the initial cost, I will consider going to the USA to look at a boat, but I really dont like flying. ;-)
Bg92098 please share your findings when you complete your deal.
Thread from another forum (sorry guys) - I hope this isnt against the etiquette.
Yachting and Boating World forums: Importing a boat from America