This is true. but if you are NOT in the boat you should go to customs
and sign a declaration that you are leaving then the Guardia civil knows you are out of the country and not using the boat. So no VAT tax is due.
They can at your request put a precint in your boat to ensure you are NOT using it and this way you´ll have no problems with your boat staying in Spain while you are abroad.
Many cruisers don´t understand the tax laws, and some officers do not explain the laws and procedures properly and that is the reason of the reported problems in France
and Spain for non EU registered boats.
Originally Posted by idpnd
Since youre from the EU, this only applies to you as a person
, i.e. if you live on board for more than 183 days. Then you become fiscally resident and your boat will be subject to this or that local tax. Try this noonsite article