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Buying overseas in Croatia or in the Med

I keep seeing how many sailboats are for sail in Croatia. How hard would it be to buy a boat over there and then cruise the Med for a year and then take the ARC back home the following Nov?

I have some friends in Croatia and they also have me really wanting to give it a try Dubrovnik and Spli look fantastic. Plus all the other spots in the Aegean and the Adriatic seas.

So how hard is it to truly buy a boat in Europe, and then get it flagged in the States?
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It Depends

Buying Boat Overseas - doable but depending on the boat's current ownership/flag will determine how easy. Local knowledge / language can help i.e.; friends in Croatia.

Example - UK - if boat is flagged / registered - SSR Small Ships Registry - then it is a matter of local Broker arranging for the paperwork to get handled properly such as "de-register" - that document is key.

US Flag - guess you mean USCG - IF - BIG IF, You get a formal document like UK-SSR......then it is pretty straight forward.
USCG National Vessel Documentation Center, Instruction Page

BUT if the boat has not been formally registered in home country - The USCG will ask for "original" MFG, Bill of Sale, etc - chain of custody trail - notarized BUT outside USA a Notary is not always used/avail and if it is - it will require an Apostille Certificate to verify the Notary outside US borders or taken to US Embassy for witness.

The USCG(think military) will go thru the paperwork with a fine tooth comb - ANY deficiency will cause the Application to be suspended for a time awaiting correction of the deficiency(s). There are services that will handle paperwork for a fee or you can do yourself.

The keys = getting proper Documentation/Ownership Papers from Broker/Owner and understanding the USCG procedure completely & thoroughly.

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Overall - just realize that "things are different" vs home - might be small or big but preparation, choosing good partners (ie, broker, surveyor, etc) seeking local knowledge or experiences from other sailors will go along way to smooth the way
Good Luck

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