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Old 01-03-2020, 12:39 PM
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I am looking at buying a boat that is currently in Italy. Anyone on here have experience in buying a boat internationally? I have never purchased a boat from overseas, so any advice would be appreciated. Some of my specific concerns includes:

1. Safe way to pay and ensure I dont get scammed.
2. Shipping
3. How is the tax situation once received? Do you pay taxes in Italy, since that is where boat is sold, or do you pay US taxes (State) for regristration purposes. Is there an import tax? The manufactor of boat is a US manufactor company, so boat was made in US, then shipped to Italy upon purchase, if that matters.
4. Anything else that you think I should be concerned with.
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I have bought a boat overseas.

The way it worked was:
  1. Talk to the seller, get a lot of pictures
  2. Order and receive a survey
  3. Fly out, inspect the boat personally, agree to a deal, pay for the boat (think it was an international wire), take delivery of the boat on a trailer
  4. Arrange for the shipping to the US (via a freight forwarder), since it's on a trailer it's basically treated as a car
  5. Drive the boat on a trailer to a port, deliver it to the ship for loading. Fly back.
  6. A couple of weeks later pick up the boat from a US port. Have to pass a customs inspection which wasn't a problem. Had to quickly learn the difference between a 50mm trailer ball and a 2" trailer ball
  7. Go to the DMV to register the boat. This is where you pay sales tax. In my case it was a bit more complicated for reasons
  8. You're done!

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Old 01-03-2020, 01:19 PM
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I assume this is the 29 inboard sea vee? Heck I thought about going to look at it myself but I'm not going to. I'll defer to the people that have done this before but it does look like a neat boat.
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I haven’t done it but considered going to look at one a few years back. Price was attractive but after considering all expenses and switching all the electronics to confirm it was US compatible made me more weary and ultimately decided it was not worth it.
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I have not done itand personally would not. I like to see, touch and run my toys before I pay for them.
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Originally Posted by Roswell View Post
switching all the electronics to confirm it was US compatible
Why would the electronics not be “US compatible”?
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Originally Posted by Smokeyr67 View Post
Why would the electronics not be “US compatible”?

I think he is talking about anything electrical not the electronics themselves. European boats are 50 hz 240v electrical and US is 60 hz 240 split into 2 120 legs which requires a neutral. If it’s a boat with amenities (heat/ac, refrigeration) I believe you would have to replace it all..unless there is some sort of transformer that can be retrofitted (which I’m not sure I’d want to worry about.

We had a US made boat when we lived in Sweden which had no AC service so it was the same as US Spec. Hire a good freight company to help you navigate the shipping process and all necessary
paperwork. It will likely not be a cheap date.
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Ok, now I get it. I thought he was talking about MFD’s and the like, and I could only think of heading sensors and compasses from the Southern Hemisphere that may have to be swapped out.
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I bought in US a Humingbird 998 MFD and it worked flawless 10 years till now.
The only difference is that US measurements are locked, so i had to live with feet insted of meters.
OP may have the same problem that all electronics have metric units.
However, i could have send mine to the Italien importer and they would reprogram it against a "small" fee.

Maxwell i spot on;
if OP will buy a boat with generator and 220V system, Europe uses 220V, US uses 110V so all 220V gear have to be replaced with 110V to work.
This also involves the less expensive change of switching the power plugs to the US ones.

Europe is nothern hemisphere like USA .....

Chris

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