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Old 10-09-2008, 01:41 PM   #15
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Most important boats in USA are incredibly cheap at the moment

Old boats that were well built are more amazingly cheap asUSAfolk like new boats

we came to buy a 35 ft boat but with money we had got a 43 ft Endeavour on which we have cruised for 15 years and are back in USAatthe moment .

Ifyou fly into USA on one way ticket buy a cheapie to fly to Mexico so you have a ticket out.

Now, in Florida, you get 90 days to 'refit' boat befoe tax of 7% has to be aid

We got 15 days so went to Bahamas (NOW $300 entry fee) and paid more money to register in Australia as we needed regn to get back to FL as a foreign boat to buy the stuffyou need

legally there are specalists to examine the title of the boat and there are many very poor surveyors My surveyor wa aboardfor 12 hours (he is dead alas) butsurveyor stories are horrendous (If a surveyor cans a boat heis not recomended by a broker etc......

Make a list of what you need on a boat and price this and add the missingnumbers to any boat you look at

We added 20,000 to our boat for example the anchors were two yellow cables to plug into a marina

Wehave never used a marina in USA

I could go on and on - we are off to CUBA a most wonderful country.

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Old 11-03-2008, 07:07 AM   #16
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I was under the impression that there is no duty to pay between the US and Oz since the free trade agreement a couple of years ago. Only GST which is calculated on the price paid for the boat plus the costs of getting the boat to oz either by shipping or by the most practicle comercial route inc crew wages ,victualling (except grog), etc . I'm not sure but I have heard duty is still payable if the boat is not built in the US. check out , www.customs.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=4365

I was also told by the US embassy that you need to go further than CANADA or MEXICO to apply for a new visa. This was in june.

This is all probably pointless at the moment with the recent decline in AUD to USD value.


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