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Old 19-12-2012, 02:11   #1
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Where to moor Australian registered yacht near Australia

I currently have a yacht which I plan to move from the Mediterranean back to Australia over a few years.
Rather than immediately pay the Australian import taxes I was hoping there might be a country (e.g Fiji?) where I could park and cruise the boat for a year or two before importing to Australia.
Are there any countries that would not hit me with import taxes or ither such things while the boat is in their jurisdiction.
Happy to pay marina, mooring or similar.
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Old 19-12-2012, 02:15   #2
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I currently have a yacht which I plan to move from the Mediterranean back to Australia over a few years.
Rather than immediately pay the Australian import taxes I was hoping there might be a country (e.g Fiji?) where I could park and cruise the boat for a year or two before importing to Australia.
Are there any countries that would not hit me with import taxes or ither such things while the boat is in their jurisdiction.
Happy to pay marina, mooring or similar.

I think Fiji or New Cal will fit your bill!
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Old 19-12-2012, 02:24   #3
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Re: Where to moor Australian registered yacht near Australia

Thanks Amnesia I'll do some more reseacrh on those 2 spots. How do those locations fare in the cyclone season? Do you know? If not don't worry, part of the research for me.
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Old 19-12-2012, 02:35   #4
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Thanks Amnesia I'll do some more reseacrh on those 2 spots. How do those locations fare in the cyclone season? Do you know? If not don't worry, part of the research for me.
Obviously you need to be in the safest location, that will be debatable but I have stayed in Vuda Point Marina, Fiji....just gone through a cyclone, also in New Cal, Port Moselle, in my opinion good shelter.
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Old 19-12-2012, 05:23   #5
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Depending on your budget, Port Denarau, Denarau Island @ Fiji is a good marina with plenty protection (& amenities). Surrounded by top rate hotels/resorts and only 20 mins cab ride from Nadi International Airport.
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Well I met some folks who had based in Vanuatu... seemed pretty happy there. Do not know if there's tax/import problems but there's a member on here who's living there... maybe he'll spot this and chip in some knowledge..
Nice islands...
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Denarau just got hammered from Evan. It is protected from the waves but has no decent protection from the wind.

Around Fiji, go for Vuda Marina or a cyclone mooring in Savusavu.
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Re: Where to moor Australian registered yacht near Australia

Hi kojiro
I plan to take my boat back to Oz someday as well. The customs website says that re registering the boat in Oz is 5% + 10% GST. Do You know if that is that on the Australian market price or what I paid. ?
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I'm thinking of doing the same thing (eventually), partly because of taxes and partly because Melbourne i dull for cruising and better suited to weekend racers.

I found this blog a little while back of a German boat that in currently on the hard in Fiji. It's an interesting way they store boats for the cyclones. It also has a video from another boat that was in Vudu Point during the recent cyclone.
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I plan to take my boat back to Oz someday as well. The customs website says that re registering the boat in Oz is 5% + 10% GST. Do You know if that is that on the Australian market price or what I paid. ?
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Tax will be based on the value paid and shown on registered 'Bill of Sale' at time of purchase.

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Tax will be based on the value paid and shown on registered 'Bill of Sale' at time of purchase.

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Thanks for the pointer to the other thread. I was not aware or it. Sixty five pages and nearly a thousand postings. But I am not surprised importing a boat into Oz is such a "hot" topic of discussion.

It will take me a while to take in all the points but it must surely cover any more questions I will come up with

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If you bought it more than a year before arrival, it will have to be valued in OZ by a registered surveyor. Your purchase price is irrelevant. It will be valued according to its value in the Aussie market. We are in the middle of this process now.

Get it here within a year of purchase without major alterations and they will accept the purchase price.
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If you bought it more than a year before arrival, it will have to be valued in OZ by a registered surveyor. Your purchase price is irrelevant. It will be valued according to its value in the Aussie market. We are in the middle of this process now.

Get it here within a year of purchase without major alterations and they will accept the purchase price.
Thats not what Customs say. They state that as long as the purchase price is not too far emoved in time they will take the bill of sale. Thats much longer than a year.
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Thats not what Customs say. They state that as long as the purchase price is not too far emoved in time they will take the bill of sale. Thats much longer than a year.
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How do you know that "not too far removed in time" is "much longer than a year," Mark? Did you import your boat into Oz when you came through here?

I was telling you above how we were processed only 2 weeks ago by the Australian Customs officers. Great people and very courteous and professional BTW.
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