Let me preface this by saying a) I don't currently own a cat, b) I don't have experience buying
boats in the caribbean
, and c) I have no interest in any boat brokerage or operation...
That being said, here's my two cents worth:
1). Call a couple of the major catamaran
brokerages, of which I know of two that have good websites: www.2hulls.com
2). Call Bernie at Rogue Wave
Yacht Sales - www.roguewaveyachtsales.com.
Bernie is a regular contributor on the Cruising World bulletin board. Bernie can be a bit of a pain on the bulletin board, but many people there have stated that he is straight up and honest as far as brokers are concerned. He will probably be pretty opinionated, but he's not known for screwing people, so he'll probably be a good resource. Also, he is not known for selling a lot of cats, so he should be able to be pretty impartial.
3). Check into the tax consequences of selling where the boat is vs. in the U.S. Prospective buyers may avoid state taxes
if the boat is bought there and/or it is registered outside of their state. In some (if not many) cases, used boats are still subject to sales taxes
, and these rules have changed state-to-state over recent years.
4). All that being equal, I would expect that it will be slightly more difficult to sell your boat outside the U.S. since you would likely be faced with fewer people "walking the docks" or easily available to look at the boat.
Are you aware that Antigua
has a big boat show
in the very near future which might be a good place to show your boat?
Hope this helps,