The original question was Florida
sales tax and registration
for a Canadian buying
a boat in Florida
If the boat is purchased in Florida and it is a US documented vessel, it becomes an undocumented Canadian vessel after the sale
. It is easy to have it Canadian documented (you do not have to pay Canadian taxes
if you do not import
it to Canada), but the vessel should stay put until this is done, unless you apply apply for a special permit
to move it.
Once the vessel has Canadian documentation
you can get a US Cruising Permit
that is valid for one year. Then take the boat out of the state of Florida within 90 days (an additional 90 days is extension is available for a fee, no reason needed). It can be taken back into Florida after 6 months and will never need to pay sales tax unless sold again.
There are many Canadians keeping their boats in Florida all summer to cruise
on each winter to Keys & Bahamas
, this information is common knowledge in that community.
One advantage of getting the Canadian documentation
is that you really know and can prove you own the boat.
good luck in your purchase