Attention All :
I am hoping that the collective wisdom of the forum may help me.
The story is a little complicated so please bear with me . . .
My first major boat purchase
so I definitely qualify as having a bunch of naive rookie questions:
* 36 foot Beneteau
is for sale
in Fort Lauderdale
but registered in Australia
* Seller was based in Florida
, but now resides in Australia
docked at a private jetty that belonging to a friend;
* Private Sale
- no brokers involved at this time; Are they needed??
* Payment will be transferred to Australian bank and registration
will continue in Australia as I am an Australian citizen;
First Questions that come to mind
1/ I would like to have a full title search done - boat was originally built in France
, brought to the Caribbean
and then sold several years ago to the present owner. Previous flags
I am aware of are German and Australian.
- any recommendations for a Documentation Company in the Ft Lauderdale area
2/ It is possible, (depending on the seller's time line) that neither the seller nor myself as the Buyer will be available to participate in the survey
, thus HELP is needed with:
a/ finding a Certified Surveyor
in the Fort Lauderdale
area that is reasonably flexible;
b/ understanding what options
(commercial or otherwise) exist for moving the boat
from the private jetty to a reliable boatyard so it can be hauled for a full inspection
, then returned to the same private jetty;
3/ Is anyone aware of a company that can act as an escrow agent
to hold a deposit cheque until closing?
AND FINALLY (for now at least) does anyone have a recommendation for a marina
in the greater Ft Lauderdale area that will accommodate a monthly (or two) slip rental while I transition to cruising status and attend to any maintenance
issues that may be needed?
Any other suggestions / comments are welcome at this time - the more the merrier . . .
- a newbie but one who follows the threads daily and has begun the learning