Becuase Boatman, Firstly youre scenario means perfect sense as long as one is not a UK tax resident, which the OP seems to be. Hence VAT law does not allow him any such time to explore the Med, unless you mean that such exporation never visits any EU tax regions ( or theorectically sails
in their seas). The mnute he sails into a EU port , VAT is either due or must be shown to be the preserve of the owners country.
It doesnt matter where you regiester the vessel, its the tax status of the "beneficial owner" that matters. The Med customs
, in particular France
are well aware that, inparticular there are UK VAT free registrations and seem to make it a point, where they do examine the paperwork, to look for VAT documentation
Sure you may sail teh MED and never get caught, I personally have never been asked for VAT documentation
, but that doesnt mean it will not happen. I watched French Customs
board a UK motoboat near Cap Ferat last year and it wasnt pretty. ( the Uk boat was the only boat they boarded in the whole anchorage).
If he decides not to voyage then do as I did and take up residency in Portugal to take advantage of the Azores rates...
Really these is nonsensical informtion, residency is a whole different topic and has far more implications then boats. ALso UK Hm Revenue have very strict and wide ranging rules at to what defines not being a UK tax resident. The whole issue of TOR ( tranfer of residence) is beyond this topic and while yes you could use it to get access to any VAT rate, is anyone going to go that far to say a few bob.
In theory he could take up residency in teh US ( if he could) and then TOR the boat into the EU VAT free. But........
Dave... hope you don't mind the use of your name... your handles to long..
no problem thats why I put my name in, also many use GBN