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Old 26-02-2020, 22:00   #1
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What is the process to buy a boat in Australia?

We are US family looking to purchase a boat in Australia and wondering if anyone has experience with this and could walk us through the steps? How does it work to re-register it? Do you have to register in the US? How does it work to get a cruising permit and visas? We would like to stay in Australia for at-least 6 months and explore.
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Re: What is the process to buy a boat in Australia?

Welcome to Australia!
You can stay as long as your visa is valid for, I guess.
If the boat has no international registration, then the boat can stay here indefinitely.
If the boat has Oz registration, than as a non-Australian owner you can not have that registered in Oz, but... there may be ways around it.
If the boat has other than Oz registration, then boat can stay in Australia for 1 year, not sure if that be extended another year or not before it is taxed for import duty (5%) and GST (VAT) (10 %).
One cannot sell an overseas registered boat in Oz, unless it is imported first.

AMSA is the government agency that deals with this stuff, https://www.amsa.gov.au/vessels-oper...ional-shipping
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Old 27-02-2020, 13:06   #3
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Re: What is the process to buy a boat in Australia?

Thanks for the info and link Hank! I will check out the link.
It is an Oz registered boat that we are considering buying that is currently in Queensland.
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Re: What is the process to buy a boat in Australia?

A couple of points from our experience in this process...

1. Get the owner to do the de-registration with AMSA before the transfer of title. You, as a non Australian citizen, can not own a registered vessel.

2. Retain the Queensland rego. This will allow you to continue to sail the boat until your US rego (either state or Coast Guard) becomes valid. You will not be able to clear out of Australia until the new rego is valid (this was a real nuisance for us!).

3. You will not be burdened with either GST or duty if t he boat has been built in or imported into Australia. Further, you will not need a cruising permit while sailing in Australian waters, and this is a real advantage!

Enjoy your cruising here... we surely have, and we've been doing it for a long time now.

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A couple of points from our experience in this process...

1. Get the owner to do the de-registration with AMSA before the transfer of title. You, as a non Australian citizen, can not own a registered vessel.

2. Retain the Queensland rego. This will allow you to continue to sail the boat until your US rego (either state or Coast Guard) becomes valid. You will not be able to clear out of Australia until the new rego is valid (this was a real nuisance for us!).

3. You will not be burdened with either GST or duty if t he boat has been built in or imported into Australia. Further, you will not need a cruising permit while sailing in Australian waters, and this is a real advantage!

Enjoy your cruising here... we surely have, and we've been doing it for a long time now.

Jim
I second the above.

I don't know what your plans are. Boats in Australia are more expensive because import taxes are high and few boats are made in Australia. Labour is expensive in Australia so Australian made boats are not cheap either.

If you plan to only cruise in Australia or cruise in Australia for a long period then purchasing a boat in Australia may be the most cost and paperwork effective option (as opposed to importing a yacht to obtain a cruising permit etc.)

If not, you will have to ultimately import your yacht back home and this will add to an already inflated price.
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