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Old 02-19-2010
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Registering a boat

Hello everyone,
I'm a Canadian trying buy a used boat currently located in Texas.
I have read elsewhere on these forums that Texas sales taxes (6.25%) can be avoided if I were to register my boat as a Canadian vessel. And I wouldn't have to pay any Canadian taxes if the boat is never brought into Canadian waters.
My intention is to sail in the Gulf area for a while and eventually make my way to the Caribbean - so I will never bring the boat into Canada, or back to Texas.
I'm getting conflicting info from the broker and the documentation company in Texas.
First. I'm told that Transport Canada requires a rigourous survey of the boat that could cost $1600 or more. Further, only some surveyors qualify to do a survey acceptable to TC.
Second, I'm told that Canadian Licensing is not recognized in many countries.
Third, I don't know how long I can keep the boat in a Texas slip - or on the hard having work done on her - before the Texas tax-man shows up with an invoice.
Surely this isn't as difficult as it seems!
Does anyone have experience with this?
Cheers,
Tanny
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