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Jan, if you owe the marina money they will put a lien against the boat and not allow it to be launched, much less to leave the marina, until they are paid in full.
If you own the boat and it is in the water, the US should allow anyone who is "crew in transit to their vessel" to enter the US for the purposes of leaving with the boat. Like many other nations, the US may not allow you to enter unless you have a return air ticket or other financial bond showing you can pay your way back out again, boat or not.
And last time I looked, Bermuda was a prime example of this. You will not be allowed to "live aboard" in Bermuda. You will not be allowed to enter without proof that you can and will exit again, in a timely manner. And your "crew" may be held liable if they abandon the boat in Bermuda. I'm afraid that you need to do some specific research about where you can move the boat--to retire on it, or just to be allowed to fly in and sail away with it. Bermuda is not at all unusual this way.
But recommissioning and fitting a boat for an offshore delivery is NOT something that any capable and responsible party is likely to do for free, even if you are offering to let them use the boat for a while. No life raft? No SSB? Not offshore-ready, and probably will require some substantial investment to make it that way.
Once the yard bill reaches the book value of the boat (asking price $4,800US according to the web pages) the yard will put a yard lien on it and sell off the boat, so if you ignore this problem it will go away.
Last edited by hellosailor; 07-25-2006 at 08:30 PM.