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Short answer, ex charter, Carribean or Western Meditteranean.
Long snwer, while you can pick up the odd bargain in various outlying ports if you want a wide selection of vessels there are really only five alternatives being East Coast America, West Coast America, Meditteranean, Northern Europe and the Caribbean. Australia and New Zealand have relatively low available stock and high prices compared to Europe and America, particularly now that the AUD is less than 10% shy of the USD and 30% shy of the Euro, rest of Asia and Africa very low stock available.
Until some time in 2009 America was the obvious choice, particularly west coast although ex charter boats in the Carribean and western Meditteranean have always looked to be bargains. I've known Australians who have taken both options, usually then either heading to Europe or transitting either Suez or Panama and back to Oz. Piracy has made Suez a worry. Whatever you do, it is a long haul home. Shipping costs (circa 40') if you put her on a freighter is going to be roughly USD$30.000-$40.000 so shipping tends to make more sense the more expensive is the boat purchased. If you want to sail her back to Oz or NZ then West Coast America is the obvious place to go. The market is pretty well stuffed and there are bargains a plenty provided you go with a popular west coast boat production builder, i.e popular on the west coast, not necessarily built there.
That said the cheapest newish boats anywhere are surely going to be ex charter and that means Western Meditteranean or the Caribbean. Negatives....could have had a hard life, could have been poorly maintained, could have too many cabins and not enough storage.
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