hi Ken. There are a lot of vessels down here, and buying
is easy. The only tax we have, is one called GST @ a rate of 12.5%. Now I am not sure of the exact ins and outs. But I do know that if I sold you say a GPS
for instance. If you are imediatly leaving the country with it, you are exempt of this tax. I don't know how that works in regards to if you are sailing around NZ waters for a while. However, out Inland Revenue department should be able to answer that, or a NZ boat broker
. I have a mate that is a Boat broker
, not far from me. If you wish to, I could put you in Email
contact with him to see what is available. The one thing that seems to happen here in NZ, is that it doesn't matter who lists a vessel, anyone seems to be able to do the deal. So if you see one on an NZ site, you don't have to contact that broker listing. Well as I understand it anyway.
I know there are quite a few boats for sale
at the mo that have done extensive cruising and are fitted out to all safety requirments. Namely Cat 1 is the normal offshore
standard required in NZ waters. But things have changed a little now. Cat 1 is no longer a certificate. It is a now a suggestion for cruisers. Before you leave NZ, inspectors will do a check and make sure you have a minimum compliment of saftey equipment
. But full on Cat 1 is only a requirement for Off shore yacht racing
now. I thinkthe change was because if an overseas vessel entered a NZ port, it could not leave untill it was upto Cat 1 standard. A cruisign family
may have sailed for years all over the world, yet were made to spend a lot of money
getting there vessel upto Cat1.
Oh and if you find exactly where to find info on catergories, let me know. I have tried in Vain. It apparently is on www.yachtingnz.org.nz
Hey Mike, did Toby reply to your Email
. I know he recieved it, cause I followed it up and told him to reply quick smart. He was away on holiday unfortunatly.