VAT.... The mystery solved
. Here is the final answer coming from a customs
bond agent responsible for many, many mega yachts. So she has to be right 100% of the time or face HUGE liability issues.
Question asked over and over on this forum:
How long can a non EU non VAT paid boat remain in the VAT zone before the VAT either has to be paid or the boat needs to exit the zone to avoid payment?
Total time allowed in use within the VAT zone is 547 days (18 months)
Total time allowed that a boat can be in a customs
bond is 24 months
Total time allowance when using a customs bond and part time use is:
18 months (use time) + 24 months (bond time) = 42 months combined before a foreign owned boat would need to exit the VAT zone in order to avoid paying VAT.
The final answer is 42 months maximum.
I strongly encourage anyone concerned about VAT to hire a customs bond agent who's responsible for many mega yachts. It's money