When you get the purchase
paperwork together, take it to an American Embassy and have them give you a certificate of ownership
. It use to cost about $90. They look everything over and basically guarantee that it is a legal sale
and that you are the new owners in the eyes of the US Government
Most countries usually give you 30 to 90-days to get the boat out of their country without having to pay taxes
US import taxes
for a used boat
is around 1.5% of the current
valve. Sometimes you can dicker with the Customs
agent over how much the "current" valve is. We did, and it saved a bunch of money
Getting it to the US can be done a bunch of ways. The cheapest and easiest is to sail it back yourshelf.
And your right about the exchange rate. The Euro is nearly equal to the dollar so you can probably get a good deal. Marine gear
may also be cheaper, so load up with what you need if it is.
When we bought ours (a long while ago) the British pound was down to nearly the same as the dollar so it was a super buy. We also bought a new Volvo diesel engine
& trans for the boat at the same time for only $1500!
If you can take a couple of months of to buy the boat and sail it back, it can really be great adventure. But plan on some things going wrong so hopefully you can do your own repairs