Possible, but as indicated the dollar drop has an effect.
So the process shortly put is:
Pick a boat lets call it the Caribbean
42- say it cost 100k US, That is A Obviously you then need to asses if it needs any work to make the trip to Aus, if so thats +B (say for the purpose of discussion $10k US), then their is the cost of getting it here, thats +C (say agin for the purpose of discussion, 10K US) thats variable depending if you want a fast slow trip, through the Panama
or not etc etc. So then that A+B+C is for arguments sake $120,000 US, which is at todays exchange rate for buying
currency about $140K AUS. On arrival you have some clear in costs Say $1000, lets call it D. Then you need to pay duty of 5% on A+B+C if its a French or South African boat, which is the most likely, or indeed any country that doesn't have a free trade
agreement with Australia
. Some will suggest you dont have to ad B into that equation, so lets for the sake of argument say its A+C best case scenario or a+b+c worst case. .
So in Australian dollar terms that A+B+C equal 135,000 AUS dollars. Duty would be $6750 worst case or $6150 best so lets use $6000k and call it E. So thats $142,000 all up so far. Then you have to pay GST on A+C+E which is $14120 - lets call that F.
Running total is $156,120. Then there are some refrigerant and gas certification
issues, and maybe 240 volt changes etc. Lets call that $5000 and name it G, running total is $161,120.
Now take that boat and research
the market and see what the mythical Caribbean 42 is selling for, if after that research
you think you can get better than $160K Australian, then you are going okay, subject to the few allowances for things like trip prep and passage
to here being at or under budget
. If they are well under budget
then you have more opportunity for a win
Short story is that it is a long story. It certainly had more chance of success when the Dollar was high, less so as the Aus dollar drops.
If you approach it as an opportunity for a free holiday then that can increase the desirability for you and reduce the risk. It can work and has worked for some I kn ow, but like all things in life, just spend some time researching. eg if you decide that the Caribbean 42 is getting around $175K Aus, then you can work back and know what has to be your top offer price
for the deal to work for you.