Last fall I spent some time sussing out what it would cost me to build a 10 m boat here in Turkey, using local materials and labor. After discussing it with a few guys I met who are in the business of building boats, I figured I should revisit the whole idea, as just for the wood[pine- nothing special at all] alone it was going to cost me $20,000 TL or more. I’ve left behind in North America a boat of similar dimensions, flybridge sedan model from the 60’s, made of 7/8’s mahagony on oaken frames that is in good enough shape to last another 40 years. IF I can get that baby disassembled and into a sea can[less than $3000.00 delivered Izmir] I figure I will be several thousand dollars ahead of the game, and in possession of a quality of materials much superior to what is available here. When I read this portion of the forum months ago I seem to remember the moderator had recommended the services of someone in the freight forwarding business who was offering help on the forum for questions relating to importing. That was a few months ago, I tried the link to this persons’ posted commercial site and found it to be dead. So I am back here with my particular question, but would be glad to have a reference to a person 'in the bizness.' My question is this: Is there a glaring hole in my logic for the following: there are two ways to go about this – go with importing the boat as a boat – no idea whether this is good/bad or indifferent in terms of duties/regs/taxes etc., - or bringing in the shipment as component parts – wood – steering cables, fuel tanks, so on and so on. The latter is my much preferred choice, particularly as I am not planning to ship the engines, which I will change out for diesels here, and make other modifications which will leave it a substantially different[hopefully better ] craft. In the latter case I would be writing up a shipping list of the various pieces, which, even if some had a little duty attached, seem to be far cheaper than replacement cost here. The tariff pages show the wood as duty free, or no more than 2 percent. In the slender time I've been here, I've learned to expect the unexpected: if a hidden problem exists for my scheme I would be best forewarned about before proceeding further – if that is the case, I’d be much obliged for any such disclosure or input a reader might care to offer. Though my plan seems an excellent one from where I sit, there’s many a slip tween cup and lip. Possibly this post would be better situated in a boating related thread, but I’m placing it here for now.