Is it a good idea. Depends on why. Bying boats internationally can be done. Lots of people, do it.
Bying a boat internationally is more complicated than bying a boat locally.
If you are in Thailand, you happen to be Thai and the boat is registered in Thailand, probably not to complicated. In fact it’s probably the easiest place to by a boat.
I have bought two boats internationally, both in the US, I’m Canadian, Not a lot more complicated but, there is a few complications like,
I can’t borrow money
in US very easily, or find it easy to persuade a Canadian lender to lend me money
to by a boat which is not Canadian or in Canada
For some strange reason they think you might just bigger off without paying.
First was small and cheep, no big deal, handshake and cash.
Second one bigger more expensive couldn’t afford to loose the money.
So I didn’t borrow, never intended to.
US border agents were very interested in how I was paying for it. They started asking lots of questions.
Turns out there is all sorts of rules about carrying cash.
You have to be a US resident to own a US boat. Fortunately I could register in the State.
I bough5 through a broker
, and used a title agent, cost a few hundred but I transferred the money to the agent,
Also complicated due to boat having a lien on it.
Quite simple, the previous owner hadn’t paid the boat off and required the money from sale
Those are perfectly normal issues. Which just get a little bit more complicated when it’s international.
The US banking and legal
system is probably quite trustworthy.
How trustworthy is a business deal like bying a boat in Thailand, sending money to a Thai Prince for a boat might be legit.
I don’t know.
I would want to check all that out.
Can you even own and register a boat in Thailand. Or do you have to change registry and flag to hold title to boat?
Making sure you get a clean title is very important.
Best bet find a local who deals with this stuff. Who represents you. Unless you know how to do this your self.
So once you have figured out how to by a boat in Thailand.
Then you can figure out what you want to do with it. Like sail to Japan.
Which isn’t to hard. Just figure out the right monsoon.
You going to go straight to Japan, or you going to stop and cruise
on the way?
Lots of options.
, even the Philippines
Big thing is what you going to do with the boat when you get to Japan?
If you happen to be Japanese or live in Japan, pay the the duty ect.
Are you just visiting or do you want to sell the boat in Japan, might be easier said than done.