We finally decided the time had come to buy our own boat….sounds like a fun and easy task….right?
The first step was to decide what brand of boat to get…we knew we wanted a center console boat that could be used for fishing….and that we wanted a boat that was US made…
After hours and hours and weeks and weeks of research and talking to friends we decided that the perfect boat was a Sea Hunt Triton – great hull design, “dry boat” has fishing stuff on it and all of the comfortable seating Lisa wanted….and the most important feature our boat had to have…shade!
For months we’d find the exact boat we’d want in the price range we could afford online…but every time we’d call it was…Oh, sorry – no longer available…..apparently Sea Hunts are very desirable boats…which is a great thing…unless you’re trying to buy a used one.
One day when we were searching the perfect boat showed up…..a 2014 Sea Hunt Triton 202..with a 115 Yamaha outboard! (we need a Yamaha down here because that’s the brand of engines that all of the mechanics can work on…so it’s very necessary to buy a motor that can be worked on down here.) We called and to our surprise – it was still for sale.
Time to pull the trigger and buy our boat!!
It’s a lot harder buying a boat and shipping a boat here than would seem…..deciding to buy the boat was the easy part….next it was getting all of the information we needed before sending the money…..get the engine checked out, get more pictures and information about the boat’s history since we couldn’t see it in person (are we crazy for buying a boat sight unseen? Probably…..we hey, you only live once).
Once we got all of the information that the boat was indeed in great condition it was time to do all of the paperwork….thank god for scanners, email, electronic signatures! The boat was ours!
Then came the realization that we needed to equip our new boat with all kinds of items. After checking the prices on the island we decided to buy everything from West Marine in Sarasota Florida and the marina that we bought the boat from. Our sales guy was great…Ronnie kept adding items to the boat shopping list and Lisa had Jack, with Ingman Marine, add them in to the boat….what was on our shopping list? Boat fenders, dock lines, a first aid kit, a paddle, a distress kit with flares, locks for the outboard motor and the propeller so they don’t just “walk away”, a tool kit and a boat hook for grabbing mooring balls.
Ok – we’ve got the boat and all of the stuff we need in it…now how do we get it here…from Sarasota, Florida to San Pedro, Belize?
After talking to friends it turns out Hyde Shipping out of Port Everglades, Florida is the shipper of choice for boats and containers. Lisa called them to set up the shipment and get all of the information….Benny was her contact at Hyde Shipping and he was great. He recommended that we have the boat shrinkwrapped before we ship it….but Hyde didn’t provide that service.
Lisa called Ingman Marine to see if they had a contact for a shrinkwrap guy….luckily they did! Cost to shrinkwrap a boat? $23.00 per foot.
Great – the boat is shrinkwrapped and ready to be shipped….but it’s still in Sarasota and needs to get to Port Everglades….Ingman Marine to the rescue again!
They found a delivery guy who took our shrinkwrapped boat to Hyde Shipping for the cost of $3.00 per mile.
It took 17 days from when we found the boat to buy it, prepare it and ship it to the port for export to Belize. Our boat was placed on the vessel and left Florida on Monday July 27….it arrived in Belize City on Friday, July 31.
Cost to ship our new toy from Port Everglades to Belize City? About $135.00 per foot.
Wow….these costs just keep adding up, don’t they?
Our boat was shipped to us on a vessel named “Corona”….too bad it wasn’t on the “S.S. Belikin”
We were so excited when our boat safely arrived in Belize City!….but wait…..we live on Ambergris Caye….how do we get it to us?
Luckily we have a guy named Delroy who helped us get our first shipment through customs and delivered to our home….so Lisa called up Delory (who she has now renamed “The King of Logistics”)…told him the story and asked all of the questions and Delroy said. “no problem, I have it under control….logistics is what I do.”
When the boat arrived in Belize City on July 31 it sat in customs until Delory came over to “break it out”….since we are part of the Qualified Retired Person’s (QRP) residency plan here we can import a boat without any duty….which is pretty cool.
Once the boat was released from customs in Belize city, which took about 5 days, it was time to arrange for another barge to bring it over to our island…..we left this up to Delory who arranged it to be delivered right to our condo at Grand Caribe.
The barge/port at the southern end of Ambergris Caye….
Once the boat was unloaded from the barge at the south end of the island it was time to have it delivered to our condo…how was this done? With a pickup truck….they towed our boat through town traffic (during Costa Maya weekend!) and over the toll bridge….who would have thought that’d even be possible? If you’ve ever driven a golf cart through town you know there are sometimes it’s even hard to find room to drive a cart through!
Our boat backed up and parked….just waiting to see some time on the water!
Dooley Bear has claimed the boat as his!
Cost for the barge from Belize City and the delivery to Grand Caribe? $350.00.
The day the boat arrived at Grand Caribe we were just sitting by the pool when security guards came looking for Mr. Ron….we were like “what’s wrong?”….they said, “Mr. Ron’s boat is out front!”…what?!? What a great surprise!
Now that the boat is here, how do we get it in the water?
Click here to find out how we launched our boat! (not as easy of a task as one might think! But it was definitely tons of fun!!!)