Originally Posted by benzy
JimB, thanks for the links. The boat was registered in the UK and is VAT paid, would we still get a DEPKA even though it will be under a non-EU flag?
Also, just going back to one of my questions: upon launching do we need to go a register with port police, or is the vessel already considered to be "checked in" (assuming we have a valid DEPKA/Transit Log)?
Yes, the boat should get a DEKPA, because the boat is VAT paid, with the right to free circulations within the EU. Some warnings . . .
(1) A non-EU regitered boat being used by a person not resident in the EU (though I understand you may have a 1 year residency visa?) may be asked occasionally to prove that VAT has been paid.
(2) To prove VAT is paid, obtain any proof of VAT payment held by the previous owner
(3) Also, keep a copy of the UK registration certificate, and the Bill of sale
. When re-registering, you'll need evidence that the boat was "formerly registered as UK vessel SSR 12345 named XXX of YYYY (or whatever)" plus the VAT paid evidence given to you by the previous owner.
(4) The boat will already have a DEKPA, and since it has free circulation in the EU, it should continue to have a DEKPA and will not have a transit log.
(5) Updating the DEKPA is best assisted by a broker, if you bought the boat through a broker. Otherwise, the process depends on how well the local PP have been trained! The Greek Citizen's Advice Centres (KEP)
can also be very helpful in situations like this. There will be an office in Preveza or Levkas - or both!
- Sometimes, if both owners go to the Port Police office, the DEKPA record can be changes to show (a) new owner and (b) new register entry.
- Otherwise, the Bill of sale can be used, combined with proof of re-registration. It should then be possible to hand in the old DEKPA and obtain a new one in your name. This works well if the Bill of sale also notes the re-registration details.
- If you have difficulty here, you may decide to cheat, maintain the old registration, and obtain the "owners permission to sail his boat", and then re-register as a separate process. (Not my advice).
And, finally, when the boat launches for the new season, it must be able to prove it has permission to be afloat in Greek waters. And that means a DEKPA with a PP stamp less than 1 year old.
As to where that fits within the processes above depends on your calendar of purchase.