If you where to buy a boat in say Italy and the vat was paid could you leave the boat registered under the Italian flag and then would you be under any cruising restrictions regarding the schengen treaty ????
There are only a few countries that allow non nationals to register boats. Once you buy the boat it is no longer registered since the registration
is for the sole purpose of establishing title. The previous owner must surrender the title to you and so the boat becomes unregistered. Last time I checked you can fly any flag you like but when you fly a flag not of your own nationality it can alert authorities that you may have a reason for doing so.
If this was possible you would not have to worry about cruising tax's the different country's impose or the time you are allowed to stay
You would think so wouldn't you. actually if it were possible everybody would. You can do it through shell corporations however in some countries. The trick is that for a reasonable cruise
boat the cost of doing so is about the same as the tax. If you owned a 1,000 ft tanker then you now know how it's done legally all over the world.
There probably are a lot of ways to cheat on taxes
but it's a topic were just don't choose to allow here. You'll need to go to another site for those types of activities. We frown upon those that would conduct such activities here and we would terminate your membership