Just another Moderator
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Thanked 309 Times in 299 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Re: Purchasing a Sailboat from the US?
Minne's pretty much got it. You'll need documentation - bill of sale, copy of seller's original title, passport info for all on board upon arrival.
Go to the designated check-in dock and here in BC you call them by phone. You'll be interviewed asking for description, what you paid, and who's on board. Then you may be inspected by officers.. You'll have to wait, and no one is to step ashore before they get there. But odds are better than 50/50 that you'll simply be told to report to their offices within 3 days to pay taxes (and 9.5% duty if the boat was built outside NAFTA)
So if you're shopping Beneteau or Jeanneaus keep that in mind, many older models are French built.. And a lot of boats are built in the Far East.
Usually you can get your provincial license documentation at the same location.. It's free. If you choose to register then you're paying for name search and other fees.
In any event it's quite painless, and with the dollars recent parity a much better deal.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 03-29-2013 at 09:43 AM.