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Old 12-03-2008, 01:48   #16
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Originally Posted by MarkJ View Post
... Be a roving agent for some parts company? Knowledge is a treasured resource. Remember that most people want to snorkel more and source parts less
Even just having a pile of BoatUS catelogues etc kept up to date...
Professional outsourcing of parts often requires that you have a commercial account with wholesale suppliers.
If the USA is to be your source, then it would be useful to have established relationships with:
- The Lewis Marine Group: Lewis Marine Group
- Land ’N’ Sea Distributing, Inc: Land 'N' Sea Distributing, Inc.
- Jerry's Marine Service: Jerry's Marine Services
- Kellogg Marine Supply: Kellogg Marine Supply Home
- Port Supply (West Marine):
- Boat Owners Warehouse: Welcome To
etc ...

Sourcing parts from a remote location can be difficult. One of the problems is to accurately describe what you want. This is why I recommend that all cruisers carry as many Shop & Parts manuals as they can - regardless of their own competence or inclination to perform technical work themselves. Someone will find the information useful, perhaps to your benefit.

“Digitized” manuals may help to alleviate the typical cruiser’s space/weight (& mildew) book-storage problems.

See also: Shipping Packages & Mail

Duty-Free Shipping & Poste Restante Snail Mail:

Perhaps we could jointly compile a list of specific recommendations regarding the cheapest & easiest procedures for receiving parcels & mail in foreign ports.

Please share your expertise with various jurisdictions (by country).

Procuring Replacement or Spare Parts for the “Yacht in Transit”

Often essential replacement parts & gear are unavailable, or exorbitantly expensive, in local (foreign) ports of call, and have to be ‘imported’.

Sometimes customs duties & taxes can be avoided when goods are imported directly to the vessel, and consigned as “Yacht-in-Transit”.
Often, yacht parts sent for "Yachts in Transit" are duty-free, but require professional brokerage, local installation, and/or ‘special’ documentation. Private courier companies (UPS, FedEx, Purolator, etc.) can sometimes expedite things advantageously
Usually, the items to be imported must be specifically for repair or maintenance , and anything that could possibly be sold separately from the boat, is subject to duties.

A generic Shipping Label
To: Your Name , Master
Your Nationality Yacht in Transit “Your Boat Name”
Location Specifics

ie: May, Gordon A. (Master)
Canadian Yacht in Transit, “Southbound” (#38E1458)
General Delivery (Post Restante *)
Nassau, New Providence

~or better yet~
May, Gordon A. (Master)
Canadian Yacht in Transit, “Southbound” (#38E1458)
c/o East Bay Yacht Basin,
East Bay St.
PO Box SS-6871
Nassau, New Providence
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