Hi rascalarg - Based on your intro and being in South America I am guessing Argentina
by your screen
may have a similar problem to Singapore
. That is a very small used boat
market. Many of the people I know look at buying and shipping from other places. In my humble opinion and what I have seen this is rarely worked out once the shipping costs are factored in.
There are new boats that get delivered here but people buying new boats have different priorities and usually different wallet sizes.
What does work
out is getting involved in the saililng communites through yacht clubs races, crewing
etc. These communities tend to be tight knit because of the smaller population of sailors. In other words just about every sailor and certainly every boat in this country is known by name by everybody.
Then what happens is you may wait a bit for the perfect boat to come available. We are kind of like that. We purchased a cheap
boat and basically are waiting for Ms. Right to come along. We know what we want pretty much and we just have to be prepared to get it when it comes.
In my case I expand my search to include, Philippines
(although that's a stretch). If the boat comes up for sale
and it's in the "neighborhood" I have to be ready to pull the trigger.
A lot of boats (most boats) here trade
hands by word of mouth. We bought our boat on a tip and it never actually went on the market.
Another friend was looking for a J24 and was really going to ship one from Australia
. The shipping costs were going to be as much as the value of the boat.
He had a talk at the yacht club bar one night and the next day he bought a local boat that had been under a tarp on the hard
for 2 years and basically wasn't for sale
. He now has all that shipping money
left to make this a competitive boat.
Good luck on your plans.