We had a similar experience when looking at a Jeanneau
34 a few years back. I asked the Ancasta broker on Port Solent why were there 4 electric
fans in the cabin
. He said the boat had been to Antigua
and back twice. Instant alarm
bells and 4 weeks of e mails back and forward failed to produce anything that showed the boat had VAT paid. The vendor and the broker would have been quite happy to take our money
and wash their hands of the problem. We walked, the boat wasn't that special nor the price
and I could do without a £6000 VAT bill plus CE stuff.
Note both Spain
are broke, so someone like customs would get a nice pat on the back if they stopped you and extracted a large VAT payment out of you.
There are also a large number of charter
boats advertised which come on the market with VAT not being paid as they are registered to businesses. However, once sold also become liable.
We ended up with a yacht Part 1 registered with all the VAT receipts, dozens of them for each stage payment and the ancillaries. I keep a copy on board and the original safely tucked away at home. The cost of a cruising yacht is too much for us to take any gambles.
Is there something really special about this yacht?