I am a couple of months from making a purchase
of a used sailboat. Looking at Beneteau
in the 40-50 ft range. Seems like for the money
and for my intended purposes, buying
one of these boats from the above mentioned charter
companies is a reasonable deal.
Have some questions regarding the logistics since most of the boats seem to be in the BVI, Bahamas
, or USVI. This would be my first boat and there would be a lender involved as well. Also, I live in Florida
, so that is where the boat would be brought back to.
1. Experience dealing with their sales people in the above locations.
2. Where they in person as advertised? I have seen a few boats already that I saw advertised in yacht world, and one thing that stands out to me is how poorly representative of the boat the pictures on the site were. Seems like most brokers don't take the time to take really good pictures or simply crapy ones hide a lot. I would hate to fly out to see some boats that were a disaster compared to what is seen on the pictures.
3. How did you deal with bringing it back to the US? The trip itself I mean. Sail yourself vs hiring someone. I am not so sure I would be eager to get on a boat I just boat and take off for a 1000+ NM trip.
logistics of bringing to the boat back to US, paying purchase
5. Getting USCG registration
of such vessel.
I realize the questions sound vague, but so is my knowledge of the entire process. Anything would be helpful. I am reading some threads here I found on the subject too.