Apparently quite a wide variation in asking prices, way more than I would have expected just based on equipment and condition variations.
Bringing it into the US would also bring you a time limit: You'd need a US cruising permit for the foreign yacht, they expire after 12 months and the yacht must leave the country again to get it renewed. So if there is any refitting that can be done at a good yard en route...maybe that can be used to make sure the work is done outside of your year. Or, you might keep the boat in Annapolis and if necessary, sail it out to the Bahamas in the spring then re-import it into Florida in the early spring, pre-hurricane season.
You'd certainly want to get some photos of condition and detailed equipment lists to discuss how quickly it might or might sell, vs selling price, with someone more familiar with the boat.
"So you all don't think the boat is privately saleable through the internet, even for a very good price?" EVERYTHING can be sold. For a boat in the DR, you've got to make it attractive enough for a buyer to fly down--and accurate enough not to disappoint them. That means a good cleaning and prep, great photos, and accurate equipment list. And, figuring out how those widely varying prices figure in.
IIRC there was some question about resins used in the hulls, and boats from certain years are known to have no blistering problems while others have big problems, so you'd want to verify that and make sure the prospective buyer isn't surprised by a hull survey. And, possibly *not* do any work to the bottom, so they can see the shape it is in now, as opposed to just seeing a blank new bottom job.
Do the daughters know anything about boats? Or have any expectation about value? Is it perhaps at a yacht club, where there are resources who might be of some help?
Last edited by hellosailor; 06-27-2007 at 10:41 PM.