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It's also helpful if you can get a copy (or original even better) of the seller's title to the boat. They like to know for sure that the boat was his/hers to sell. We have no such document in Canada (unless it's a registered vessel) but in the US (at least in WA) they do.

We attempted to clear by phone on the water to avoid a 2 hour detour once, but were directed to a specific dock and told to call back. Once there everything was, in fact, done by phone. I suspect there was a web cam there and the officer was watching our boat as we described it and gave them all the rest of the info.

Be sure to have ID documentation in hand for all people on board for the delivery when you call - passports preferred.

Also both times we were personally inspected were Sundays - so don't expect an easier ride on the weekend.....

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Like all the others. It was easy. I bought a Catalina 34 from Florida last August. Had it shipped via truck. Which was tricky in finding someone who would cross into Canada, I could of hired a cdn company, but they were almost $2000 more. So I went with US trucking company. I had a broker deal with the paper work. They contacted the trucking company and they traded paper work as needed. Next thing I know, I get a call from the Marina to inform me the boat arrived. I had payed the GST to the broker and that was it.
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On the west coast you can save quite a bundle by trucking to Blaine, on the US side of the border. It's an easy 35 mile sail to Vancouver, less to other ports of entry in the islands. The trucker doesn't need to deal the border issues, and the yards at Blaine were good to work with as far as launching and rigging the boats.

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I sailed my C@C 24 from Michigan to ontario. I called customs and then went and paid the tax in person. I registered the boat the next day, peeled off the numbers and the beauty was I got a 83 boat with a newer outboard for under $3,000.00. Go for it you'll be like a kid in a candy store.
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Hi There
I am just in the process of buying a Catalina 34 in New York to bring back to Ontario. Any issues about not paying sales tax in the US? This is a private sale. Do you just not pay them and sail the boat away?
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30 foot and over

Yes, i think if it is over 30 feet there is the U.S. Customs to deal with. At least that is what I was told. I was glad mine was 24 feet long and I just sailed it back. As was stated earlier in this thread a broker was used and that took the hassles out of it. Good luck!
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I am just in the process of buying a Catalina 34 in New York to bring back to Ontario. Any issues about not paying sales tax in the US? This is a private sale. Do you just not pay them and sail the boat away?
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In a private sale you shouldn't need to worry about the state tax in the US. We did not pay any Wash state taxes on our boat.


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Yes, i think if it is over 30 feet there is the U.S. Customs to deal with. At least that is what I was told. I was glad mine was 24 feet long and I just sailed it back. As was stated earlier in this thread a broker was used and that took the hassles out of it. Good luck!
We imported a 35 footer, and had no dealings with US customs whatsoever. We wired the money, picked up the boat and checked in with Canada customs upon reaching Vancouver. (2004)

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original title

The boat I am going purchase and to sail from usa to canada has the original title in the original owners name.
10 years ago the original usa owner sold it to a guy, owner number 2, in the usa. The owner number two did not transfer title to himself , and he has the original ownership papers signed over to him from ten years ago.

so do i get a bill of sale plus this original title that is signed over, but no to me , Or do i get owner number two to transfer the title from the original owner into his name, then transfer to me ?

to make things more complicated the original owner passed away two years ago.

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I think you'll need the second owner to take title of the boat and then transfer the title to you.

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You may be able to use a notarized statement from the second owner stating the boat has not been titled into his name, along with the orginal title signed over to him.

You need to check with CBSA on what is needed with import and Services Canada for licensing requirements.
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