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Re: Hello! Newcomer here looking for advice!
First I'd look very carefully into the rules regarding your VAT.. can you bring a Portuguese boat into Brazil and avoid the VAT? Are there time limits to this idea? If you import this new-to-you boat are you subject to VAT anyhow? Governments tend to be pretty good about plugging those kinds of loopholes. I know that a Canadian can buy a boat offshore, register it as Canadian, and avoid taxes only as long as the boat is never brought 'home'.
That's a healthy budget for a relatively recent, well found 40 something footer, but there's almost no such thing as a used boat that 'needs' nothing. Even 5 year old electronics will soon be outdated.
Sounds like at least one Atlantic crossing is envisioned, but will off shore voyaging be the boat's primary use? That can affect boat type decisions, and the decision whether to sail or ship it to Brazil.
Have you plugged your 'wish list' parameters into Yachtworld? that's a good place to start.
Something like this:
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