Ok, several questions to my entry: I try to answer them to the best of my knowledge (but that was my particular research
, and I'm not EU citizen) so different rules may apply for you:
- You can stay 18 months with a foreign flagged vessel, then you have to leave the EU and come back so the period starts again. But thats just for VAT reasons. Nothing to do with CE.
- My friends with the foreign flagged vessel are EU citizens but not cruise
the EU (yet).
- CE is indeed just needed if you like to sell or flag the boat within the EU - the rule
is not applying for just sailing within the EU on a foreign flagged boat.
BUT, and this is a big BUT, you may have to dig much deeper for the VAT issue. Some countries have a financial police and they check if the VAT is paid for you boat. Since this can be 20 or more percent of the boat value you may check that even more carefully beforehand than the CE certification.
So zooplax (and it would be easier if we had a bit more information about you, nationality boat and so one) its really depend where you live. If UK, you may talk with some boaters in Turkey
- they have a big population of VAT free UK boats there and I guess they know a lot more. If your italian you may be extra carefully as if you are french - they tend to control much more, even on the water
seems pretty relaxed and if they "catch" you a few years later your happily pay the VAT for the current
value of the boat....but that's just her say.
Saying so - There is VAT and CE both can be costly- I recommend you get a tax lawyer involved and a professional CE certification agency a well BEFORE you buy a 60ft boat! I would not take the chances with so much money
involved based on forum advice (including mine).