I suspect that it can be done if you a really knowledgable enough to know the market value of a particular model in both the purchase
countries, are able to accurately assess its condition and the costs to make it right ideally having the skills to do the work yourself, and have enough financial leeway to cover the costs of importation (duties and taxes), Brokerage fees
, upgrades to standards and the cost of crossing an ocean.
So much depends on the particular boat. You have to understand and ask yourself: Is this a model that is valued somewhere other than here? Is it capable of making a 'wrong way' trip? Why is it for sale
so cheaply? What am I missing? What happens if the boat is damaged offshore
? How will you pay for these boats as loans are pretty much non-existant on boats being sailed word wide.
I have sold most of my boats for more than I paid for them, and in most cases more than I had in them for repairs
but there have been boats that I expected to sell for more than I had in her and on which I did not do that well. I have known retireees who buy boats and fix them up as a way to make a little extra income
. If you count their labor, they don't make a profit but they end up with a half way decent boat for a couple years and when they make a good choice in boats get paid something for their labor.
I guess in conclusion this is a high risk business that has few obvious benefits, but a lot of potential liabilities as a way to support yourself. Now then, if all that you want is a few sea miles then you might try this as a way to keep your costs down.