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Old 09-10-2010, 12:44   #16
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I am a South African national and bought a British registered yacht which was built and VAT paid in Holland. I then proceeded to register my boat in South Africa, labelled my boat according to South African law and since then I proudly fly the South African flag. I am cruising European waters. I have so far been checked out by Customs in Holland, France and the UK and all have accepted the Dutch VAT receipt which I have on board and which I translated myself.
It is my understanding that my boat can remain in EU waters for all its life without a problem, which is not the case for me myself (different regime comes into play, i.e. visas). Once the boat leaves EU waters for longer than 3 years, VAT would need to be paid again upon its return save for a 18 month grace period - in which time you can leave EU waters for a short period (say a month) and return and the 18 month grace period starts again.
So it might be the easiest option for you to go the Australia registration route, just be prepared to satisfy Customs with eanough boat and personal documentation.

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