That would indeed be the easy way. Buy the boat in Europe. We thought about that.
Then we lose the ocean crossing challenge and adventure.
Also, with the US dollar's value going down the toilet, buying a boat in Euros would be an expensive proposition for us Yanks.
I've been told that if I buy a boat here in the states, and sell it in Europe a year or two later, I might come out ahead on the deal. Not looking to profit, but breaking even would be nice.
Just got back from flying to Barcelona. What a beatiful place! That city appears to have some excellent marina facilities. And excellent food and wine! Looking forward to flying there again in December.
On the flight back, I had to divert to the Azores due to a passenger medical emergency. We landed at Lajes. They have good medical facilities there. Wish I could have stayed for a few days instead of a few hours.
The Azores looked beautiful! Like a mix between Hawaii and Ireland. Calm seas and a nice breeze. Temperature about 17 C. [I am sure it is not always that way.] Should make for a nice stop during a trans-Atlantic crossing.
Continuing our flight from Lajes to the US, we flew a track running great circle to the New York City area....about 38 to 41 degrees north latitude. The weather was pretty good enroute. A few widely scattered thunderstorms and partly cloudy skies. Also enjoyed a 4 hour long sunset since we were flying westbound. Would have been a fine boating day!