Can anybody confirm this story?
Yes. The British Cruising Association (CA) has a copy of the the law as presented to the Greek Parliament. It's in Greek, and the CA has a simple translation. The translation is adequate to form the conclusions you will see on Public Home Page | CA
(look under the "Hot Topics and Latest News" section, and click on the "here" link)
The Cruising Association is obtaining a better translation, and will update that news item as further clarifications are received. Keep your eye on it.
I am personally working with representatives from other Cruising organisations (French, Swedish, German at the moment) and we're keeping each other informed of developments.
All organisations appreciate the anger of that cruising folk feel when costs suddenly rise - and they're caught in the net. As far as we can see at the moment, if the law stands as it is, no boat already in Greece will be forced to pay more than €400 than their current budget
, and that will give them a year's cruising in Greece. Everyone has the option of moving to other countries if the further costs are too onerous.
However, these extra costs have to be weighed against those you'll pay in Croatia
, sojourn tax, high cost of quaysides and mooring
fields in popular destinations), the hassle of dealing with black and grey water disposal in Turkey
and it's entry and exit costs, and the high cost of services throughout in the Western Med. These are value for money
judgements, different for each boat.
Now, my personal evaluation.
I doubt that, in the long run, these taxes
would significantly reduce the amount of boats Cruising in Greece. I can see that people who have boats over 12m, who have been living aboard
all year, will be embarrassed by this tax. These are a small minority. They will individually do their sums and decide whether to move on or not. Their choice.