Got some great boating tips .. Maybe an easier way to help save those bearing's .. General Boating idea's.
heres a site that might interest you. http://www.yachtauctions.com/inventory.php?sortby=state
I looked at importing a Trophy 1802 recently.nah just a walkaround 24ft of any kind. im looking into the 1996 -2000 bodies. better suited and cheaper for me
My research found (if you are considering Trophy), post 2000 models in the Trophy range have fibreglass stringers, which helps given Quarantine authorities might want to inspect the timber in the hull. Plus you won't have rot issues. They are a much better built boat as Brunswick Corporation took over construction in 2000.
To save on shipping costs, a Trophy 1802 will fit in a shipping container, and is well under the 2.5m Vicroads limit.
You can't bring in a trailer without an import permit, they will send your consignment back if you don't have this. If this is your first time, use a consultant or broker as mentioned and get comfortable with the process, that way you won't get caught out.
Landing costs, not sure if US free trade agreement helps much but expect to pay GST on boat motor trailer and shipping costs. Quarantine inspection costs and stevedoring charges will be applicable in addition to the shipping fee. A consultant or broker.
I never ended up bothering. Decided to stick with a Haines Hunter, although I really liked the layout of the Trophy. The local market in Australia has some second hand boats for sale that are far better priced than I could possibly land one in Australia for. For example I found a boat for approx 24K AUD when dollar was at 90c vs US, I figured landed in Australia it would be around the 32K mark after trailer alterations and registration etc. you can find them in Australia sub 30K....With the low Aussie dollar it would be questionable whether its worth the effort anymore?
There's a small boatyard in Carrum Downs that has a nice Trophy which I believe they have been trying to sell for a while no around the 30K mark I believe. I think there's a lot of US boats that the owners will end up losing on due to so many that flooded the country.
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