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Old 10-05-2018, 15:27   #1
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We are about to leave Japan heading for the PNW and need a long term marina away from Washington’s use tax. BC or Oregon might work for us. We are 55ft and draw almost 8 ft.

Any recommendations?
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Can’t speak for Oregon but BC is exspensive for just about everything. Beautiful but pricey.
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Re: Marina BC or Oregon

Oregon doesnt have a ton of ports really. But you may find something on the Columbia River etc available.
BC away from Vancouver may be reasonable? anyone know? Up the inside passage, Nanaimo? or on the outside of Van Isle? How long can one stay in Canada before you have to move along? How much isolation can you live with?
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Vancouver Island. If it could work for you, let me know.

Length of stay for foreign vessels:

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The customs website may also have more info.
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Astoria,
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Newport
All in OR
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With BC you pay a premium price but BC tacks on 14% to just about everything boat and nonboat related.
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Did you pay sales tax on Moondancer in Fla? If so then it gets credited toward any Washington use tax due.
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With BC you pay a premium price but BC tacks on 14% to just about everything boat and nonboat related.
12%, not 14.
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On the Columbia river from Saint Helens (down river from Portland) to Portland are lots of marinas to choose from.
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We are about to leave Japan heading for the PNW and need a long term marina away from Washington’s use tax. BC or Oregon might work for us. We are 55ft and draw almost 8 ft.

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Liveaboard? If it's in the off season then look at Victoria: they have some great off season rates.
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I believe the use tax in Washington is triggered after 180 days out of a year ... not sure how it is averaged if you bounce in and out of the state.
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12%, not 14.
Please don’t beat us up more than we already are....
Sorry forgot that got reduced. Born on the island and love the area but won’t ever live there again, not because of the people (there are a lot these days) but rather political agendas and red tape policies, although not exclusive to BC.
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You can get a 12 month use tax exemption in Washington if you are a non-resident:
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Re: Marina BC or Oregon

There are lots of cheap (ca. $1K per year) marinas on the lower Columbia but draft can severely limit many of them. I was sometimes locked out (or in) of entrance channels with 5 foot draft. This time of year, you can sail anywhere, including nearby cow pastures. But in late summer, and fall, the water gets really thin. Larger and pricier marinas tend to have deeper water. Farther up-river marinas are scarce and waiting lists are long.

Worth noting that NOAA recently moved its fleet to Newport, on the grounds that it saves them two days travel time to the open sea, compared to Seattle. Same issue applies on the Columbia. But if you want to cruise the Salish Sea... not always easy or fast to get there from Oregon.
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In Washington state if you have owned your boat more than seven years there is no sales/use tax when you register. That was a very pleasant surprise when we moved here in 2011. You must have documentation to prove it.

As for landfall, we arrived in Ucuelet on Vancouver Island when we arrived from Hawaii. A nice small town with a good marina. We arrived in the height of the salmon season and it was packed with small fishing boats but they fit us in.

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