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Old 15-07-2009, 02:27   #1
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Hello from New Zealand

I'm in NZ now, but aiming to get to the US in the next three months to look for a boat. I'd like either: something small I can sail from the east to the west coast through the Panama Canal, then sell, or, a liveaboard I can bring back here (NZ).

If anyone can direct me to a thread where I can discuss the legalities and coast guard requirements of leaving US waters I would be grateful.

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Old 16-07-2009, 12:00   #2
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Aloha Colin,
Welcome to the forum. I know there is someone here that can help you with this question and there have been discussions.

Here's a good link to the search area. Cruisers & Sailing Forum

Good luck.

Kind regards, JohnL

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Old 16-07-2009, 13:28   #3
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Welcome to the forum,
Texas and Florida, I think have the best prices. What is your idea of small?
Good luck on your boat search...the hard part is picking just one
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Old 16-07-2009, 15:01   #4
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This has been discussed a lot on a NZ based forum. My preference - look for a NZ built boat lying in th eUS or Carib. Sail it home downwind and no duty or GST on arrival . They are around if you look far enough. I saw a Cav 39 on Yachtworld recently.

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Welcome to the forum Colin
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