Originally Posted by lylekaz
Hello everyone. I am New to this site and to sailing in general, although my family
and I have always loved the idea of Sailing.
We are thinking of buying a sailboat in Greece,,, any thoughts.
We of course would then want to have it skippered across the great divide(Atlantic) and so would need a captain
who would Qualify for this.
Once again,,, any thoughts?
Thanking you in advance..
Before you spend a bucket of cash on a boat and then pay even more to move it across the Atlantic try chartering a few times. The hardest thing about a boat is selling it, hence if you decide after a few times its not your thing losses will constrained.
That being said, if you do buy a (Greek Flag) boat, getting it out of Greece is filled with bureaucracy and if you want to make things move quicker...bribes. Be prepared as it takes over a month.
As for the sellers, be very careful, they'll promise everything, and I mean everything to sell you the boat. Greece isn't the US, you don't have a lot of options to protect your rights and money
in the even things go sour. The local courts will rule
as you've guessed it in the local's favor.
If you just want to buy a cheaper boat go ahead and buy an ex-charter boat in the Caribbean
. They are well maintained and pending a detailed inspection
carry little, if no, risk.