I know that it is technically illegal to sell a foreign owned boat inside Mexico
. People obviously get around this by making sure the money
never changes hands within Mexico
and the use of the illusive 'offshore delivery'.
My question is to anyone who has a actually bought a boat in Mexico and re-registered/imported it, what the easiest and most legal
way to go about changing over the Mexican paperwork.
I have heard that one must clear out with the boat papers still in the original owners name with me as the captain/agent, sail 12 miles offshore
into international waters, take a photo
of the gps
and a current
newspaper (for the date) and then sail back and re-check in with the boat now in my own name... and apply for a new temporary import permit
This seems a bit weird to me, since some Mexican officials see their job as an entrepreneurial exercise - that they would just pretend that they didn't see me clear out under a different set of paperwork just 2 hours before... without some creating some hassles.
Also I would only be hanging around for 6 months before heading back to Australia
when the season was right, thus I will not really need another 10 year TIP...
Any thoughts or suggestions? I checked Lat 38's extensive Mexico info and didn't read anything on re-importing after sale
... but would be happy to be pointed in the direction of some other site.