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Old 09-21-2009
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No tax no pay?

If I take the boat to a state with no sales tax then does that mean I would pay tax in the sate I bought the boat or not pay taxes at all? For example buy in Florida the keep it in New Hampshire ?
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Ditch, NEVER Make an offer on a boat....

Without seeing it first and doing your own inspection, not a survey, just a half hour walk-thru. Check overall condition of boat, lines, electronics, sails, bilge, etc. You can quickly weed out a lot of boats that look good on paper and have snazzy photos, but are dogs in person. Learn to understand what is easy cosmetic fixes, versus major and costly fixes. Check the engine hrs to see if the motor has a high number of hrs/year in service. Think about this if it does.

When you comfortable with a boat, then make an offer that YOU can live with. Forget about what the broker tells you the boat is worth. If it's listed as $30K, but you think it needs $6K of worth to make it safe and sailable, then work off that. A boat that is in pristine condition is worth it. For example, two identical boats are for sale around $30K. Boat A is pristine except it needs a complete rebuilt of the diesel, but it's offered at $3K less than boat B, which has a brand new motor and super clean. Boat B is the better buy.

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Ditch - not all states allow a sales tax exemption when you buy the boat. I know Maryland has a form you can fill out to request an exemption. I'm not sure about FL - you'd have to contact them, or a broker may know. Sales tax is tough to escape legally, but obviously nice to take advantage of if you can. Also, you'll want to check with your home state to make sure they have an exemption if you live there but store your boat elsewhere.

Regarding DrB's message - I concur. Brokers are paid a percentage based upon the purchase price of the boat, so there is a conflict of interest with regards to decreasing the purchase price. Some are good and will work with you. Others won't.
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Good posts, thanks again for the detailed responses; very insightful and helpful for me.
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IMHO, there is nothing wrong with making and offer on a boat, site unseen. Of course the offer is contingent on the boat being acceptable to the buyer, subject ot inspection, survey, sea trial, blah blah blah.

I bought my current boat site unseen. I live on Long Island. The boat was in Newport RI. Not around the world, but not close enough for me to just pop in, examine and then make an offer, only to have the offer get rejected. Instead I was very honest with the broker. I knew that I like the model, I had a very fixed budget and could not go above a certain price (which was significantly below the asking price). I told the broker that the boat looked good in the ad (don't they all?) and that I wanted to buy it, but I only had X dollars. He took my offer to the owner, who rejected it. The broker gave me that information and then told me there was additional gear that was not listed in the ad. Based on that I increased my offer a little, and it was accepted.

Now, with the boat being at a price I could afford, I started the real work of buying the boat. First I visited it in person. Then the survey and sea trial. Lastly was closing and delivery home.

The broker (Warren Trafton of Sailing Yachts Rhode Island) was excellent. The contacts were very clear that the buyer (me) could back out of the deal at any time for any reason with no penalty.

So, make sure you get a similar contact, and then you can bid on boats without seeing them. If the boat is not as expected you can renegotiate or walk away.

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