I am a Canadian and purchased a South African boat in Florida
. It also stated not for sale
to US citizens.
From what I understand, in addition to paying the import
duties and registering it in the US it also has to pass Coast Guard regs.
Here are a few of the items that we did so that the boat reached Canadian regs.
1. Replaced all fuel
line with A1 fuel
2. Installed fire ports
3. Added smoke and CO detectors in engine
, and each hull
4. Replaced all life jackets
5. Replaced all fire extinguishers
6. Removed the propane
system and replaced the entire thing with new
7. Replaced all seacocks (they were plastic)
And the list goes on...
It's an expensive thing to register some boats in the US and I suspect most sellers don't want to do that when they don't have a guaranteed sale
If you are US citizen you could always see about travelling to seller's country and buying
it there, then come home to US and pick up your boat. I have also heard of people in Florida just running over to the Bahamas
to make the buy there.
Also, only US citizens can register in US. So they would have to create a company in Delaware or such and transfer the boat to the company, have it registered, etc. Real pain when there is no buyer