hey, guys, I am Felix and I need your help here. I came to a crazy idea a couple of weeks ago but still cant find answers so I ask here!
I was born in the Ukraine and I have a Ukrainian passport, but I dont live there and I am actually a non resident of any country - in the past 5,5 years I travel the world, moving from one country to another. I stay on the tourist visas (90 days) and sometimes extend them for another 90 days. Now I am in the US and I want to buy a sailboat here. I already found a couple of offers, but since I dont know the American law..
well, here we go: I dont know where do I have to register the boat, what taxes do I have to pay etc.
I will not live in the marina, but will sail from one place to another and the next country I ll go to is Mexico, but I need to register the vessel in one state, right? and it costs me something, like 100 bucks or less, right? I am pretty sure it depends on the state, but should be too expensive. But if I register the vessel here, does it mean I will have American flag on it so I cant go to Cuba for example? These guys over there are pretty ruff. also, if I buy a boat in Florida, do I pay sales tax in Florida or if I buy a used boat from the broker I dont have to do it? What if I buy a boat just for cash from the owner?
After I want to sail down to Caribbean and further South, and it might happen I will sell the boat somewhere outside of the US - I am pretty sure about it, actually
what papers do I need, and do I need to do something in the state of registration ?
I mean, a sailing boat for me is a freedom, and I want to be free from all this paperwork and taxes
Again, I buy a boat not for the super long period of time and will sell it after all!
If you can help me with that it will be awesome!
the last question as a conclusion: the boat price is 3000 bucks. and it does need some maintenance I can do on my own so I ll do it. What hidden costs do I have except these for repair? The boat is used (private seller/broker) and is longer then 16'.
Thank a lot for reading this,