Originally Posted by CAPTAINRONBVI
MY HUMBLE APOLOGIES TO ALL. I FAILED TO MENTION THAT THE TRANSOM ARCH, PROP AND ALL OTHER ITEMS WERE SHIPPED TO MONTENEGRO WHICH SITS NICELY BETWEEN CROATIA, GREECE
. THE NAME OF MY SHIPPING
AGENT THERE IS SASA KOVLALENKO, AT PLAYMAKER LLA
IN CROATIA, YOU CAN BUY E U GOODS AND HAVE THE SHOP KEEPERS COMPLETE A VAT REFUND FORM. UPON LEAVING CROATIA, THESE FORMS MUST BE PRESENTED TO BE STAMPED. ONCE DONE, THEY ARE RETURNED TO THE MERCHANT WHO CAN SEND YOU A REFUND CHECK. IN MY CASE, I HAVE A CROATIAN BANK ACCOUNT AND GAVE ALL THE FORMS TO A FRIEND OF MINE THERE TO GO TO THE MERCHANTS, RECEIVE THE REFUNDS AND DEPOSIT IN MY ACCOUNT. I TOLD HIM TO TAKE A SMALL COMMISSION FOR HIS ASSISTANCE. OTHER WISE, YOU HAVE UP TO 90 DAYS FROM THE DATE THE ITEMS HAVE BEEN PURCHASED TO DEAL WITH THIS THROUGH THE MAIL.
I WOULD NOT COUNT ON ANY E U COUNTRY BEING NICE AND TREAT THE VESSEL AS COMMERCIAL
. BEST TO SET UP A U S COMPANY OF SOME KIND (EVEN IF IT NEVER TAKES IN ANY REVENUE). THIS ONLY MAKES SENSE IF YOU EXPECT TO PURCHASE A LOT OF GOODS OR EXPECT BIG REPAIRS
One of my goals in buying
in the EU is to get a VAT paid boat so I don't have to play games with getting the boat out of the EU and having that drive the schedule.
While I'm sure repairs will come up, I'm not looking for a fixer upper. Also, I am looking at the lower end of the price
spectrum where the cost of setting up and maintaining a business is going to be more hassle than it's worth.
For reference, we have been cruising on our Gemini
for the last 7yrs in the USA. We are very comfortable on her and like the layout for long term cruising
. We were planning to ship her (got quotes for $10-15k each way).
With the recent drop in the Euro, we have found used Catalacs (which have a lot of similarities) for $20-40k. We've looked at a couple preliminarily and while not pristine, they do appear to be in good working order with no major retrofit required.
For the cost we were looking at for shipping, we can buy a boat in the EU and avoid the hassles with shipping, temporary import/vat and it's set up for EU power. The biggest stumbling block at the moment is we have to sell our Gemini
as we don't want the care and feeding of two boats at the same time.