Originally Posted by schoonerdog
Broadblue 42 565K that is 2 years old, Lagoon 420
550K. Your VAT and sales tax would drive that up to 675K for the French boat. So getting a catamaran for 200k less would make a difference to a lot of buyers.
I can't be bothered to do any more maths on this but a BB415 for example which is a designed 42 ft boat (not lengthened) and new in design compared to the much older designed Manta
38 (42) is would if bought in the UK be marginally more but without any of the hassles.
Originally Posted by scoonerdog
British buyers of boats are flying over to the states in droves. A friend who is a new boat broker
is now doing most of his business with overseas buyers (which is a first) for luxury power boats.
I hope all these
you say are buying
boats from the States, are making sure that they comply with the European RCD (recreational craft directive) because most (apart from very new models - I believe manufactured after 2004/5 - could be wrong on the year) do not, and therefore on import
our officials will give them a certain period of time to meet those demands which are very costly and time consuming to make the boat comply and I believe some boats will never be able to comply, if they are not met the boat will be impounded, France
is 10 times worse than we are.
If you sail into France
and cannot prove you have your ICC
, a proof of VAT paid for your boat, current
flares, extinguishers etc, they will impound your boat.
Recently in Holland
the Dutch authorities impounded a UK boat becaue he did not have a VAT receipt for the diesel
in his tanks
, as at the moment we can use red diesel
which does not have the same high rate of tax as in Europe.
The European built boats I see for sale
in the USA and the Caribe by yachtworld.com would be expensive to buy compared to those in the UK and Europe, unless those for sale
are asking far to much and not being realistic, this of course I don't know, maybe your sellers are expecting to be knocked down alot, again I don't know your selling mentality.