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Old 13-06-2017, 03:10   #1
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Transport By Sea from Caribbean to Sydney Australia

Transport By Sea from Caribbean to Sydney Australia
Hi All
Has anyone experience with shipping a 40 to 42 ft sail boat from the Caribbean area to Sydney Australia? I have narrowed down to a couple I am interested in buying but due to work commitments would need to ship over what ever I buy.

Or is there a better way to bring one back other than bringing it back personally?

Any suggestions and Cautions, hints would be appreciated.

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Old 13-06-2017, 04:02   #2
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Re: Transport By Sea from Caribbean to Sydney Australia

I shipped my yacht from Turkey to Newcastle using Sevenstar and was happy with the service. The local representative (in Aus) was helpful both here and in Turkey and they made customs clearance a breeze.

The good thing with shipping is that after you have paid for it, the customs and GST seems a bargain

You could pay a delivery skipper which will be cheaper, but you have to factor in wear and tear.

One thing I did learn from my shipping experience is that the quoted prices can and do change up until the day you commit. I booked my shipping a couple of months before the original departure date, whilst an Aussie couple who was living on their yacht played a waiting game and paid a lot less. It all depends on if the ship is full and whether you are willing to risk missing the boat.

and also if you speak to small shipping brokers, they might be just getting their prices from the same shipping companies.
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