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Buying in Venezuela or N. Brazil?


Again, thanks for the info. I am hoping to head to the Caribbean at the beginning of May. Fortunately, I should be able to spend at least a month shopping and comparing. This may be a difficult question, but given my specs (approx $22K for purchase and repair, 30'' to 34'' desired but will go down to 27'' if absolutely necessary, very handy with tools and willing to DIY but not a lot of experience in marine repair) where would you begin? It sounds like St. Martin and Chaguaramas are good bets, perhaps St. Thomas. Are there any other places that I should put at the top of the list?

I''ve looked at the brokerages on the web. As one would guess, they tend to have the newer, higher-priced boats. I think that real shopping will have to wait until I am in the area. I''ll be sure to ask about taxes and other fees, as well as access to local chandleries and yards.

Thanks, Jeff

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