There are 2 seperate issues here, VAT and RCD.
I am an EU citizen.
I have purchased a US built yacht, in Europe
, which had been sailed over but the owners became ill and needed to sell. So I have been through the whole process.
Firstly Import Duty must be paid and then VAT on the total of the yacht cost + Import Duty. No ways around it. Rates differ a bit from country to country but it must be paid.
The vessel must have a RCD certificate or an Exemption. If not it cannot legally be sold in Europe
. End of story.
There are a limited number of reasons an Exemption can be granted for and I would suggest getting in touch with CEProof in the UK the yacht you have in mind does not comply.
It's up to the buyer to ensure the legal status of the deal they are getting and I'm sure many yachts have been sold without complying with the regulations
( people taking a chance) but are going to be impossible to sell to an informed buyer the next time.
Only new boats can be exported VAT free from Europe.
Even worse, if a EU VAT paid boat is sold outside Europe and comes back in a few years later the VAT must be paid again!
Just because a vendor says the VAT and TCD are in order dosn't make it so.
Buy ar your own peril!
Make absolutely certain the paper (the VAT receipt must be the original) is in order or the day will come when an official will take you pride and joy.