Originally Posted by wes
The price may look good but there are several things that you need to be aware and concerned about when you bring a UK built boat over to the US. It's not the norm to import a UK boat (though the reverse is true - most US manufacturers export to the UK). If I were you, I'd be concerned about the engines and their warranties. Most engine dealers won't touch them if they were sold outside of the country. It's even an issue with engines hung on boats built in Canada. This holds true with electronics as well. Further, the UK electricial systems are not to ABYC code. There could be a question about the trailer and whether or not it is road worthy in the US and able to get registered. Keep in mind the throttle is on the left side - a very un-natural feel in the US. Then there's freight. I suspect you're looking at $8500.
The UK tends to build RIBs with lots of wood. The stringers, transoms, and decks on most UK built RIBs are wood. While the US built RIBS do tend to cost more, they also use a lot more composites and build the fuel and electrical systems to a higher standard. They tend to be worth the extra money.
US RIBs better built than British ones - now that's a new one!!!
There seem to be plenty of Avons in the USA still going strong after 20 years!!!
I don't know why you are so negative about everything. A shipping container will cost about $4000.
The main reason it's unusual for British boats to go to the USA is because of the exchange rate - the dollar is much stronger against the pound at the moment. Oh and British boats don't have enough cupholders!!!
With the cost of RIBs in the USA - even quite old ones - it makes far more sense to buy from the UK - as long as the exchange rate holds up!!!