You are lucky, NZ registration
is dirt cheap
at NZD 435 for 5 years and no state registration
or tonnage survey
to worry about. Woohoo !
All you need to apply is proof of deregistration in the old jurisdiction which would also include your bill of sale
. No survey fees
- eeezzeeee ! Details here
Part B ship registration - Maritime New Zealand
You must be alert to US state boating
laws for they will be after you for taxes
after a grace period of around 30 - 90 days. Rhode Island
is the only state I know of with no boat taxes. You should move to Mexico PDQ
after settling the purchase
. You can always return once you get the NZ registration. The others are right in that the boat gets a year in the USA while you might get less. You can get a 90 day visa through the ESTA system or you can apply to your local US embassy for a longer visa, probably a B-2. You then apply for however long you want when you arrive back in USA with the boat. In theory you will get the same time in USA as the boat but there is no guarantee of that.
I don't know whether the boat can get a US cruising permit without leaving the country. Contact CBP and ask them.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Travel
If you don't want to go to Mexico, or Canada
for that matter, then check out of US, sail around for a day and come back in the next day with your NZ registration. They don't check registration on exit.