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Old 09-11-2011, 18:11   #1
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Hi,

My name is Caroline and I live in the Hills area surrounding Adelaide, Australia.

I have 2 children aged 14 and 5 years living with me and 2 adult aged daughters attending University.

It is my hope to be living (again) at sea in 2012.
I have fallen in love with the Bavaria 36, but think the budget will only stretch to a 32.

I am hoping to gather information on purchasing closer to place of manufacture (Germany) in the hope of saving on freight and delivery.
Can anyone advise on taxes etc ??

I am selling my home and intend to live permanently on future vessel, taking our time to return to Australia.

Would love to hear from other families etc doing same.

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Hey Caroline.... Welcome to CF...
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Old 09-11-2011, 20:30   #3
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Hey Boatman,

I'm hoping Santa was looking the other way in March, August and October

Aside from the above 3 months, I have been relatively good haha

My son and I are off to view a 32 on Monday, then in a fortnights time, we are flying to Sydney to view the 36 (sigh).

I am waiting for property to settle (second contract) when this happens we will be free to purchase.
My gorgeous children, have all pooled in and bought me sailing lessons (birthday present), as my only experience (seagoing) was living aboard a motor powered catamaran (4 1/2 years in duration) which my former partner and I worked.
As commercial fishers we were licensed to catch reef fish and crayfish.

We have a long road ahead of us, but start from the beginning we must, small steps.

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Caroline.
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We need more women like you in this world Caroline...
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Welcome and good luck with the boat purchase..DVC
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Old 10-11-2011, 14:28   #8
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Thoroughly enjoyed trolling through your Gallery.
A picture really does tell a thousand words, I'm sure.

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Welcome and good luck on your new adventure. Life is meant to be lived. Don't let others (non-boaters, mostly) talk you out of it!

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Hi Caroline,

Re: I am hoping to gather information on purchasing closer to place of manufacture (Germany) in the hope of saving on freight and delivery.
Can anyone advise on taxes etc ??"

The search function on this site is very good.

Importing a Boat to Australia

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HI Caroline,

I have been doing similar research. Best buys at the moment are USA, Greece, Turkey and cyprus ( to a lesser extent) . Try yachtworld.com to search for your boat. Also apolloduck.com ( great for euro boats)


The euro countries have a tricky tax system you will have to get around if you want to keep the boat there for a while. The Price for getting a 36ft boat delivered from USA was 24k ( when I got a quote 12 months ago).

My own plan includes flying to the US and buying there then sailing it for 12 months or so and seeing where I end up. Bringing back to Oz is a possibility but not mandatory for me.

Getting the boat back into OZ is a whole other story. Customs will charge duty on some vessels depending on country of manufacture and not on others. EG no duty on a Hunter (US built) But there is duty on Beneteaus (french). They even like to ping you gst for the cost of delivery or part there of. importing a yacht

Fair winds and good luck with your search.
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Hi Caroline,

Welcome to the zoo

There are quite a few active Aussie members here, so we can help make you feel right at home Oh boy, they're coming out of the woodwork now.

Good luck with the search, I have just finished my own journey, now to start the next phase...getting to actually live on board

My only suggestion would be not to get too attached to a particular brand. There are many choices in the size you are looking at, and being open to another brand will give you more choice...oh wait, yeah, that sounds like a really good idea

Not trying to be picky, but where are you actually geographically, EU or Aus?
I guess you are in Europe somewhere, since you ask about bringing a boat back. If you are there is a huge market of used Bavarias etc in Croatia, Spain & Greece (mostly ex charter). The prices there are significantly cheaper than in Aus, and if you can flash the cash, the price will be even more negotiable.

There is a huge thread here in CF on importing a boat to Australia, which the individual has just completed doing. (I would post the link, but these ipads are a pain to type on).

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Forgot to mention. This subject has been discussed to great length here over some time. If you use the search tool on the home page, you will find various threads on the subject. Great rainy day reading

Here's the link to a search http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...archid=2396338
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Hi Caroline

Welcome

Are you thinking new or 2nd hand?

I have owned a 1999 34, 2005-38 & a 2007-39 (rough guess on dates)

Between 99 & 07 is a world of difference in quality and strength IMHO.

If you want to talk Bavaria's happy to help, a few classic areas to keep an eye on?!

The other thing I have found on this forum is that you can usually find a helpful member here who will have a quick glance at a boat for you, and provide a little unbiased feedback saving you a bomb on airfares around the country and in your case the world. Just an idea.

Before we brought our first we chartered For a week. Worth it's weight in gold! You really get to see how it will work FOR YOU, without the pressure of a salesman. Again just an idea.

Finally, boats in OZ are having a hard time moving right now, the prices on a second hand 36 are being slammed by the dollar and they are an older model (assuming 2nd hand). It never hurts to make the offer Santa can afford. Especially if Bob has traded it he wants it moved PDQ.

Anyway just a few random thoughts to mull over.
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Hi Caroline,
I'm like others and suggest you not get too fixated on one brand of boat. If longer term cruising is what you seek there are plenty of heftier cruisers built in Australia that you might also like to look at. Like the Adam 40.
But if you if you ever need someone to look over any southern UK based boat ansd give initial feedback, then don't hestiate to send me a PM.
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