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Old 10-12-2014, 08:22 PM   #21
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City: Brisbane River
Country: Australia
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Not that difficult really. Use an agent, such as Aurora who do it regularly. In my case the cradle was picked up in Los Angeles on the way north and I just had to be alongside in Vancouver, BC at a certain day/time. The cradle was on the ship and my boat was lifted out of the water and then secured onto the cradle.

Granted, the ship was behind schedule but I had no problem finding a marina berth and anchoring as well for a period at Vancouver.

But the cradle aspect adds cost at both ends: it will likely be fabricated from steel for the purpose, a few boat bucks. On arrival the boat was lifted off the cradle into the water and I boarded it and motored down to the customs and quarantine berth. That is easy. Meanwhile the cradle was lifted onto land, but in a secure area where only licenced people can enter. So I found a friend of a friend who could take a truck in, but the cradle is over width and has to be cut-up before going onto public roads. Or you can pay a bit over a boat buck for the cradle to be destroyed inside the bonded area. The cradle aspect is wasteful and a hassle, but for some $$$ can be sorted.

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Old 10-12-2014, 09:16 PM   #22
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City: St. Lucie VILLAGE -NOT- Port St. Lucie!!!!!
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Vessel Model: 15' Hobie Power Skiff w/90hp Yamaha-owned 28 years. Also a 2001 Bayliner 3788 that I took in trade
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Daunting adventure for most, almost impossible for the normal buyer, whom most don't have the time, and the sellers won't mess with that after they've closed.
I wouldn't had taken that gamble, as too many times I've had to wait as long as three months for the ships to arrive in Florida or Costa Rica. That's the main reason Florida added another 90 days extension on sales tax exemption, as buyers had been stung bringing boats in for "hurry it's going to be here next week" and months rolled by, and their original 90 day exemption had expired by the time they did. Now it's 180 days IF you buy the 2nd 90 days within the first 60 days.
The majority of my buyers don't come to the States at all, and the few that did blew in and blew out rather quickly. I had several ready to buy boats up there, but after realizing what was involved, we didn't mess with them, instead buying boats located at least within a couple days run to Florida at the furtherest. I just didn't have the time or inclination to do what you did. One boat was up the coast from Los Angeles and the dockage at Long Beach was going to be insanely expensive as a transient waiting for the ship to arrive, and would had to pay a Captain to load her, and finding one with a schedule flexible enough to wait and then jump at the last minute was just too much. The other boat was in Portland and again the distances to run, and the waiting was not worth it for us. I probably spent $3k in hotels and travel just to find the boats. At a certain point it's not worth it. That's that Aussie "can do" spirit that I admire so much.

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