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Old 08-10-2016, 20:06   #16
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Re: need advice buying florida boat

Keep in mind that you will have three months to get the boat out of Florida, after that you will have to pay the sales tax. If you buy from a broker it is possible to get an extension to of an additional three months (six months total)
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Re: need advice buying florida boat

Im in a similar situation.
What about taking the catamaran out for a test drive, does the seller organize that for free or is it another cost to the buyer.
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Can't resist the temptation:
"Miami is a sunny place with a lot of shady people"
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Normally the buyer pays any costs related to a survey or sea trial. Of course, everything is negotiable.
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"Given the pestilential abundance of lowlifes in South Florida....," From Skinny Dip, by Carl Hiassen.
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hi, Buying a used boat in florida. Would like advice to: 1. avoid someone selling a boat that is not his 2. do I need worry about liens 3. how do I verify owner... Anything else I need worry about ? Thanks arch
Why Florida of all places ? The boats age faster than further North Although I'm Canadian living in the Tropics (St-Martin FWI) I went to the Great Lakes to buy my last 2 sailboats; a Chance 33 built in Germany & an Ericson 34 built in California. Both had spent their whole life in fresh water, sailing 6 months a year, & "cherry on the cake" as we say in French, sailing them out of the Great Lakes is a great way to get used to your new sailboat. I sailed my Ericson with my 22 year old son from lake Michigan to NY/NY via the Erie canal & then offshore alone to the West Indies. The first part was a great way to discover my "new" sailboat & to get it ready to the offshore passage Cheers & good luck !
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Why Florida of all places ? The boats age faster than further North Although I'm Canadian living in the Tropics (St-Martin FWI) I went to the Great Lakes to buy my last 2 sailboats; a Chance 33 built in Germany & an Ericson 34 built in California. Both had spent their whole life in fresh water, sailing 6 months a year, & "cherry on the cake" as we say in French, sailing them out of the Great Lakes is a great way to get used to your new sailboat. I sailed my Ericson with my 22 year old son from lake Michigan to NY/NY via the Erie canal & then offshore alone to the West Indies. The first part was a great way to discover my "new" sailboat & to get it ready to the offshore passage Cheers & good luck !
And anyone correct me if I'm wrong, but Great Lakes boats tend to be cheaper than coastal boats too. Both in fall, when folks are trying to avoid paying another winter of storage, and in spring when the overwintered boats hit the market all together and decrease demand.
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And anyone correct me if I'm wrong, but Great Lakes boats tend to be cheaper than coastal boats too. Both in fall, when folks are trying to avoid paying another winter of storage, and in spring when the overwintered boats hit the market all together and decrease demand.
In general, owners are well aware of the quality difference, but I'm sure that if you go there by the end of August, beginning of September you have indeed a good negotiating position. Here are the hours of operation of the Erie Canal:
April 27 to May 25: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
May 26 to September 7: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
September 8 to November 20: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hours of Operation - New York State Canals
I remember freezing my a... in July (!) 'till I arrive in Buffalo. That was in 2014... Here are a couple of sailboats from Michigan state
http://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/47312
http://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/25261
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Button it up tight as soon as it's yours. Change locks. We got a terrific deal on a boat, moved in and a few days later came home from an errand to find the broker there showing the boat! He thought he could make a quick flip since we had scored such a good buy. The boat was already our home and this shameless intrusion (by a well-known Fort Lauderdale broker) was very upsetting.
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why wouldn't you report those antics?
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