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Hello all,

We are 4 sailors living in the Netherlands and have a dream to sail to New Zealand. We all study at two different universities in the Netherlands (Bachelor Aerospace Engineering TU Delft, Bachelor Physics University of Amsterdam,  Bachelor Bèta-Gamma University of Amsterdam and Bachelor Mechanical Engineering TU Delft). A friend of ours who sailed across the Atlantic helps us with the preparations and supports us with is knowledge. He gave us the advice of sailing a boat from someone else for free to New Zealand or Australia. If someone in New Zealand wants to buy a yacht from the Dutch market which is generally cheaper and offers many different yachts, we could sail this yacht from the Netherlands to New Zealand in 14 months for free. We plan to set sail in July 2021 thus wil arrive in august 2022. Examples of websites for yachts are yachtfocus.com, boat24.com and botentekoop.nl. If you find a boat that you want to buy, email me at jorianvanbemmelen@gmail.com if you have questions for or about us and we can discuss the boat and other important aspects of the trip. 

 

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Interesting offer.

Yes I am currently looking at a couple of boats offshore including Asia and Europe. If the boat isn't actually in the Netherlands would you sail something from elsewhere in Europe / Med?

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13 hours ago, Aleana said:

Interesting offer.

Yes I am currently looking at a couple of boats offshore including Asia and Europe. If the boat isn't actually in the Netherlands would you sail something from elsewhere in Europe / Med?

Cool! Didn't expect such a fast reply:). Yes we could definitely sail a yacht from elsewhere in Europe. Have you seen some seaworthy ships already? If you can you send me an email with the url?

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16 hours ago, BOIGuy said:

I have my eye on some nice cruising boats in New Zealand, if you buy one for me I will happily sail it to the Netherlands for you to use after I am finished with it.

Buying a boat in Europe is not the problem for us. Selling it in New Zealand is difficult when we are back in the Netherlands. Or do you mean we then sail it back to New Zealand for you? Maybe replying via email is quicker if you think it’s ok.

 

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Let’s see if I have this right....

You want to sail to New Zealand

You would like someone in New Zealand to buy a boat in Europe

You plan on taking 14 months to deliver the boat 

You offer this service for free

 

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Rushman yes I think that is their offer.

By the tone of some posts here I suspect some people find it a bit edgy or cheeky.

Whereas I find it a bold and slightly crazy idea but certainly worth asking the question - because like the best crazy ideas it might just work for someone!

I am actively looking at buying a boat outside NZ - primarily for reasons of wider market choice - and one of the big hurdles is delivery cost which can be tens of thousands of $$$.

So, if a suitably qualified crew of 4 offered to sail my newly purchased boat back to NZ for free, all be it that it would take a while and involve some risk, then yes that might be something I'd consider. And if the guys involved are simply looking for an adventure (presumably with their expenses covered by me) and they are suitably qualified (I would do comprehensive reference checks before agreeing to such a deal) then yes it could be a win-win idea for everyone.

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Just adding to this. Only the other day I posted on one of the major production boat forums that if anyone has a boat in Europe / US that fits my criteria and they are interested in a cruise to the South Pacific and ending their journey in NZ, then I might be prepared to buy their boat when they arrive. Obviously lots of details to work through and no guarantees or obligations on either side. But just like the 4 guys in the Netherlands posting above, I was taking a long shot just in case it might work for somebody out there.

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Assuming it is all ligit......another angle to consider. For the NZ Buyer, they would want to be very confident in the Crew. There is no insurance for sailing across the Big Blue. If by some chance it all goes pear shape and the Crew has to bail, then you would want to believe that they did everything in their power to keep the Boat afloat and only bailed because they really had too. Otherwise one would always have in the back of their mind, did they really try. The Crew not owning the Boat themselves may not give them as much incentive to try as hard as the someone that forked out the big coins for it.
Many Foreigners have no idea what conditions can be like down here. They would want to be very competent Sailors.

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It can cost around $45,000NZD to ship a 50 footer from Europe to NZ.

So this option could work if you are willing to take the risk, and can wait a year for it to arrive.

Not sure who covers insurance, damage, maintenance, panama canal fees, etc though?

 

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