Hi Tom and welcome to the forum,
The simple answer is that yes, it is easy for a German to buy a boat in the USA. But there are a few things you would need to know to avoid complications.
First and most important, there are two ways to "register" a boat in the USA. The first is called "documentation". This is done done with by the US Coast Guard and is a federal government registration
. This is the better way to register the boat but unfortunately this is only for US citizens.
The second method is to register with one of the US States. Each state has different rules and many have taxes
but the system is very easy and the taxes
are not too high, depending on the state and the value of the boat. The state tax is like a VAT, based on a percentage of the value of the boat. Most states the tax is +/- 6%. A few states have no tax.
The problem with registering with a state instead of USCG documentation
is that this method is not as official and you might have some questions about the paperwork in some islands in the Caribbean
. I have never heard of anyone complain about this but almost all cruising boats do have the documentation
and not state registration
I hope this is enough to get you started on the project
but I am sure you will have many more questions. Please feel free to post all you want.
PS I have met many Germans in my travels and have a few good friends in Germany
and none of them are "wack jobs" and all have a great attitude.