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New guy with a ton of questions

Hello everyone
Bit about me. Going thru messy divorce and when its done want to get out of ratrace for a few years. Plan on buying 40+ Beneateau and sailing the Carribean. Life is to short not to be happy and am looking forward to the challenges this will present. Again I will have a ton of questions and will like some advise on alot of issuses. ie best place to register boat (Canadian buying US boat not particular where resistered meaning minimal taxes most benefits). Cost of visiting islands temp stop still pay full price for 90 day permit? Just a few and will address these in the forums. Any and all advise is appreciated doing the research now for a late fall purchase.
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As a Canadian buying a boat that's outside Canada, you can register it at home but no taxes are due until you bring the boat into Canada. If it's in the US then depending on the state I believe you'd be liable for state taxes and fees if you stay longer than a set amount of time... some research will be required there.

Costs in the islands varies, the French islands seem to have the better marinas and the lower fees. Entry and exit fees vary too, and it's helps to 'know the local' situation.

It would help everyone here to have an idea of your experience as you go into this adventure....

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Good point on experience

I have ten years Detriot river sailing and limited lake sailing or extended passage making exp. As an ex pilot charts and nav are not unfamilar. Am willing to buy boat and daysail while taking courses for required certifications and gain exp. Want to do this with a reasonable amount of knowledge and ability. The sailing is the easy part the hard is the rest with numerous certs and regs to be aware of. Bright guy with alot of common sense I am not figuring I can circumnavigate or confidently bluewater sail tommorow. Just looking to get away safely and enjoy some adventure.
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