As far as getting the boat out of Venezuela
, using mercs may be very problematic. Better to talk to the agent the owner is using in Venezuela and see if a navy
escort could be arranged (be prepared for a gratuity) and head
straight north. They do sell a wide array of weapons in country but whether you could buy them I don't know. At least on paper for Venezuela's needs it should leave under current ownership
, or risk paperwork problems (and more gratuities and possibly taxes).
The question of venue is difficult - I hope someone will weigh in who knows a good one. Ideally you need an honest banking system to hold your money
in escrow and to transfer funds/ownership. And a government that is not going to try to collect sales tax and such. And where the boat can sit while completing the process and receiving new documentation
(which could take some time). Perhaps Panama
, Trinidad, or the US, PR, or USVI.
It should go without saying that proof of provenance be absolutely ironclad or documentation
could be impossible. That means a trail of ownership
back to the original builder
- a current
document should provide that, but be certain that you will have enough to satisfy the authorities wherever you plan on documenting her.