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My brother-in-law passed away three weeks ago in southern Chile. He left behind two large sailboats, which he used to take scientists to remote areas around the tip of South America - climatologists, geologists, etc. The larger of the boats is 70 feet long and has a specially designed hull for the rough waters of Patagonia - it is said to be able to sleep 15 people. The attached picture is of this boat.
We are not sailors and have no idea about how to find people who might be interested in such specialized boats. Any advice would be very much appreciated!
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Re: Inheriting two sailing vessels

Assuming your only interest is in selling the fleet?

If you can get information on the boats (year, make/model, length, engine hours, photos) someone might be able to advise on a value... the remote location is obviously going to be a big factor.. probably your best bet would be to find a local who wants to get into that business. Not easy to do from afar..

Best of luck.

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Re: Inheriting two sailing vessels

There are 2500 people in the "town" where the boats are located - which is the last stop before Antarctica - so I don't expect to find many interested parties. Is it hard to find a way to have boats sailed by competent crews to less remote locations? How? Many thanks for any recommendations.

I do have some information on the larger boat and expect to have more after an up-coming trip there. I believe it was built in Germany and is one of only two of its type.

If/when I take up sailing, I suspect it won't be to explore the treacherous waters of Patagonia! I'm thinking the Caribbean might be better suited to my disposition!!

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Re: Inheriting two sailing vessels

Contact Skip Novak down there - he runs charters to Antarctica from southern Chile. He's about as experienced a sailor as it's possible to be.

You should be able to find him on the web.
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Re: Inheriting two sailing vessels

DJ, if you can find out any of the clients from past charters, some of them might have ideas as to who would be interested in buying the boats.

If there is no one maintaining them, you might want to look into that as well, with someone at the marina or in the town. Boats that are left alone tend to have problems and devalue very quickly, no matter where they are.

I'd also suggest looking for the closest major port, wherever that may be, and trying to contact boat brokers there.
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Re: Inheriting two sailing vessels

I have to say, if it was me, I'd think about paying a delivery crew to have it brought all the way home, to the nearest port to me. I would just find the sale much easier to handle if the boat is local, and you have a far greater pool of buyers.

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Re: Inheriting two sailing vessels

No advice, but beautiful location! If I were in a position to do it, and near by I would consider it myself.

Good luck, and sorry for your loss.
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Re: Inheriting two sailing vessels

Your brother in law most likely had a crew to assist him with the sailing and maintenance of his fleet. I am sure the marina knows who these folks are and can assist you with locating them. They will be able to provide you with pictures and much information specific of your new boats. They would most likely be the best candidates to hire to help maintain the boats until you can sell them.
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Re: Inheriting two sailing vessels

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My brother-in-law passed away three weeks ago in southern Chile. He left behind two large sailboats...
Habla con un abogado in Chile...

What legal right do you have to deal with the property? Why is this your problem? Why are you raising this issue on a sailing forum?

Brother-in-law died testate or intestate? Who are his heirs under Chilean law? Who is the personal representative of the estate? Is there a right of survivorship on the title documents?

This doesn't pass the smell test...
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Re: Inheriting two sailing vessels

Brother in law along with the word we sounds perfectly normal to me.
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