Ill throw in my 2cents.
First spot on about the yachts in OZ being way over priced run down and in poor condition overall.
Sail away yachts here are at the end of thier service
life. Meaning if it is set up for passages and was sailed in to OZ most likely it has been cruised to exaustion and is now on the market. Meaning if you want piece of mind when you are in the middle of no where or off a leeshore in a blow, then you will need to replace rigging sails
etc. unlike what Australian brokers will have you believe an engine
with 900 hrs is not just rebuilt. sails
that have cruised abroad for 6 years are not new. and new rigging
that was done 8 years ago is not new anymore.
I have found the 2 best ways of getting a nice yacht are 1 find a yacht that was being prepped for a trip and the owner has had to bail out on or a nice clean yacht that has been cared for but has not extensively cruised. Then do it up yourself.
Unless the yacht was being set up but not taken on its intended cruise
the chances in OZ are that most of the great equipment
list you are paying a premium for will not be worth anything.
You will end up paying a premium for an old chartplotter
outdated elecronics (which are relatively cheap
now by the way) a worn out sail inventory heavily used gear
, safety equipment
in need of servicing or beyond servicing etc.
There are some okay yachts in OZ but are like needles in a haystack.
I think this is the big draw to US yachts. Yachts in the US that are listed as needing a bit of TLC which is the truth are like diamonds in Australia
being listed and priced as if the yacht was new.
So you might not save a bundle by buying
overseas but I would say after looking at this for years myself, worst case I think you would break even but have a great cruising holiday included in the price
. Heck thats the one part people save years for too and theres no better way to get the cruise
paid for then if you were importing the yacht yourself.
Best case I think you could save about 20-30% on a vessel in your price
range. either way you would end up with a yacht that may take years of hunting for in Australia and may or may not be able to find. Its a shame but most of the nice yachts sit until thier pieces of crap, then the owner decides to sell it but thinks its as good as when he bought it new cause hes only used it 20 times in the last 30 years.
Hope this helps