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If you're contemplating leaving your home area to buy a boat, why stop at the Caribbean? Not a few yachts from Europe and North America get as far as New Zealand, then for one reason or another their owners change plans and the boat goes up for sale.
Check out the Boats For Sale section on NZ websites to see what's available. Note that prices will be in NZ Dollars, currently worth about 63c US; you may get a pleasant surprise.
[Sorry, I don't have enough postings here yet to be allowed to put in a link.]
Boating facilities in general are pretty abundant, and most cruising equipment is available locally. Getting stuff from the US is not a problem [though freight is not cheap] and with good organisation you may be able to avoid any duties as you're taking it out of the country again.
On that subject, if the boat hasn't been here long enough to attract import duty, and is still registered in the US [or wherever], the same should apply.
Fiji, Tonga, both Samoas, Vanuatu, New Caledonia are all about a week's sail from Auckland. Even Australia - if you like that sort of thing lol.