Importing a boat from the US

 Hi Guys,

I recently, late last year, imported a boat and trailer from Florida. I am thrilled with my boat and have been using it as much as I possibly can. I managed to get into a rig that I would never have been able to afford in the Australian market.

If anyone wants any info on what I did or anything, let me know and if I can help I will be more than happy to if I can  

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 Nice.. got to go out on

Tue, 2013-07-16 18:01

 Nice.. got to go out on Vinesh's trophy a while back that he imported... have heard some iffy reports about build standards etc on import boats, but his was solid as... Hope it brings ya many yrs of enjoyment!!!


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haha yeh mines still it one

Tue, 2013-07-16 18:34

haha yeh mines still it one piece !

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Tue, 2013-07-16 18:21

aussie dollar will slow yank imports now i'd say.

This looks like a nice tub and if you bought it last year i'm sure you got it at a good price

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Nice one, just got it here in

Tue, 2013-07-16 18:33

Nice one, just got it here in time !!


now go get it blooded !

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your right

Tue, 2013-07-16 22:45

your right I managed to move 200k to Thailand just before the aussie dollar went to crap intrest rate there is not better than here but it wont drop like it does here

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Hi mate am sure you know this

Wed, 2013-07-17 11:37

Hi mate
am sure you know this but just thought i would chip in just incase! - make sure you monitor the exchange rate (thats the line of work i am in) ie you may be receiving a rate of (lets pick a number) 3% on your investment but if the AUD/THB cross rate increases by more than 3% then you will actually carry a negative return when you convert the funds back to AUD....
happy to have a chat (pm me if you want more info)


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Got mine in at 1.05 exchange

Tue, 2013-07-16 21:17

Got mine in at 1.05 exchange rate 6 months ago. Now at 91 cents, it is much more expensive and not sure it makes as much economic sense....


Boston Whaler 235 Conquest......getting the flogging it was built for.

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Tue, 2013-07-16 21:44

 I tend to agree, but what you get for your dollar is well worth it. By comparison, a Haines  of similar vintage and size would have been well out of budget range. Australia seems to hold value on second hand boats and are so over priced for both new and used the US market is well worth the effort. The guy at Florida's Finest Cars, whhere I bought my boat from, was a dream to deal with, left the Australian dealers for dead. they are a nightmare to talk to and deal with.

Anyway, just another option.  

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Tue, 2013-07-16 21:49

your right but anyone thinking of doing it now should sit down and do the sums condering the current exchange rate.

The savings that would have been made by you/Vinesh/john and others just wouldn't be made now, spewing

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Showin us up

Wed, 2013-07-17 14:31

I think local boat dealers should practise the exercise so they can get a feel for how easy American Salesmen are to work with.
Such a differently structured industry over there.
I don't like complementing the yanks on much but in this department they make us look like the arrogant pricks.

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Thu, 2013-07-18 22:29

 All the dealers I have spoken with in Perth and Bunbury with the exception of Carlo at Bluewater in Bnbury, are atrocious. They act like they are doing me the favour by overcharging me. They then bitch and moan about people like me that buy online. I prefer to shop local but boat dealers drive me away. 

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 I just got me key west just

Wed, 2013-07-17 15:08

 I just got me key west just in time got just under 1.04 rate but it will get down to low 80s soon enough best off buying in aus again

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Fri, 2013-08-23 10:58

I have the EXACT same boat. Same colours schemes and all.

They are an awesome boat.


2006 Sea Hunt 23 Walkaround w/ 150hp Yamaha 2006
1989 Haines Hunter Legend w/ 225hp Pro XS Mercury 2013
2006 Savage 14ft w/ 30hp Yamaha
1990 Zodiac 12ft w/ 4hp Mercury