Re go boating now Remark on the vat thing being nonsense this yr alone in the port of Naxos( Greek Island/ Cyclades ) two yachts have been impounded for this as the owners produced doc's of which they stated was a proof of vat paid on there yachts ( these yachts where from an eu country) when infact they just made them up on there own computer
Why I mentioned it it that there is NO SUCH thing as "proof of VAT paid". No country produces such official documentation
. You might have an original sales invoice, all that is a piece of paper a past supplier may have provided. This is because VAT is paid by the commercial seller
of the boat and is remited as a composite amount ( ie all sales vat minus purchase
VAT for the reporting period, This could represent one boat or 10 boats etc. The fact is that once you can show your yacht is in the EU already, ie its not an import
, VAT then is the responsibility of the country that it was first imported into. In fact even if youd oaid the VAT in another country , it wouldnt remove the requirement to pay the VAT in the original country of import
. VAT is a country specific issue not an EU wide consistent tax.
In all my years cruising the med, I have never met anyone first hand that had a VAT issue, what I did find was that often they couldnt prove ownership( ie yacht not registered) or prove that the yacht was already in the EU and hence were assesed for importing the yacht into the particular country and hence VAT was demanded.
BTW Zoef, that french rule
only applies to french registered boats.
Not actually true. Sailing schools sell a 5 day course leading up to the day skipper exam. The actual exam is carried out by a different person who comes aboard for the sole purpose of carrying out the exam on the day.
Actually Talbot, the RYA day skipper is instructor examined, what you refer to is for higher grades of exam, like rya yachtmaster
. It is a five day on water course that is examined by the instructor. It does not have a sperate preparation and examination structure like the Coastal SKipper and YM courses.
I am a RYA instructor