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post #5 of Old 01-10-2002
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Boats outside of USA

If anybody planning to buy a boat outside the US, he should also look at the new(not used because most owners trying to get back a part of the VAT that they paid which is %16) boats in Europe.Almost all the big manufacturers have dealers here but if you are willing to do your homework you can buy the boat ex-factory in Europe and can save BIG...
Unfortunately we are paying at least %35 more because of the huge mark-ups by the US dealers and manufacturers having seperate price lists for the USA...
Now,they will come up and say that they are providing you with the service,commissioning etc..but all those can be done in Europe and boats can be ship withouth touching the rigging on special cargo ships.Import tax is only %1.5 ......shipping for a 35-40 footer costs $12-15 K...
I dont want to name any manufacturer but I recently find out this for a 36 foot German made sailboat:
USA Base Price $150000.00
Europe base price Ex-Fac.$110.000
Do the math?
It is a known fact that American made quality sailboats(Sabre,Tartan,etc.)are expensive comparing to same quality European makes and obviously dealers are trying to match the prices once they are imported.
Of course sailing back would be the best and cheapest option if you have the time and expertise.
Fair Winds

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