VAT is a whole other issue. I reckon my wife now knows more about VAT on pleasure boats than most after 2 failed and 1 successful purchase
(stories too long to relate here). It is a potential minefield. Never accept "it'll be ok". The potential downside if the paperwork doesn't come up to scratch is another 23% of the theoretical value of the boat (no matter what your purchase price
may have been) as well as possible fines. You can still buy "professional" boats (ie chartered), but you have to factor in the extra 23% VAT which will have to be paid. Sunsail invariably have ex charter
cats for sale
excluding VAT, but they will be able to assist you in arranging VAT payment in the most efficient way.
The only downside with ex charter
boats are generally engines with a large amount of running hours, although maintenance
is generally very good. NB maintenance
standards vary depending which operator. I would steer clear of any ex-Kyriakoulis charter yachts, I have inspected a few and have found the standard to be poor (although the prices sometimes reflect this).