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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.

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
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