Originally Posted by our doug
It seems they best value right now is to buy in America and sail to Australia
I'm looking to visit Florida
and find a 38-40' and sail back to Oz ( with a qualified skipper)
I would appreciate pointers on where to look for answer to the next few questions.
"If I buy in USA". And export to Oz what is US tax position? Do I pay sales tax in US and claim refund while I am there?Is it best to ask a broker there?
Any recommendations for surveyors Florida
Any ideas on how much below advertised price boats are actually selling for?
web site to find skipper/crew for that area
Are there any pitfalls to look out for doing this??
There are loads of ways & books
to read, regarding the boat passage
etc, but as for your questions , most of the US will let you stay 90 days before any tax is due so there should not be an issue there, You will also be wanting to re-register it under your countries flag i.e. Australia & that will also cost you around $200. If or when you insure it they may also require the Tonnage weight so a good Surveyor
can help you there.
We are heading to USA in Feb looking for a Catamaran
& will be sailing to Australia but will be taking around 2 or 3 years as we are scuba diving
& touring as well. There are a few skippers around that charge but there are also skippers who will do the trip free as long as you cover all the costs.
You should also read some web/blog pages like www.zero
to cruising or www.slapdash
they are gr8t pages that talk about the trip but on catamarans.
Best of luck & make sure you are well prepared for the Panama canal
as you will require at least 4 people for your lines