What a load of half truths in this thread. Just a few examples: VAT in Germany
is not 21%. EEC does not exist anymore. Pleasure craft, as a rule
of thumb, are not registered. Just pay and take the boat.
There are two things that I did while buying
a boat in Holland
First of all make an appointment with a professional surveyor
for a purchase
report. This is not a full survey
but a simplified and cheaper survey. It takes about 4 hours and it will set you back a few hundred Euro but they look in to every crevice and they deliver a multi page report about the boat. Also they will check the paperwork. Make sure you are present during the survey to ask questions and listen to some sound advice. When I did it the seller was also present. It made him offer to fix a number of things the surveyor
discovered. You could say it helped the negotiations. It was *the* best money
I spent when I bought mu boat. After three years I still use the report to fix minor things the surveyor discovered.
Since you are buying
Dutch Law applies. That means you need a sound Dutch purchase contract
. A sample contract can be downloaded from the ANWB (Dutch tourist club) web-site. (Use Google
translate). Then use your surveyors report to modify the standard contract, agree with the seller what he is going to fix before delivery
and what flaws you will accept. Agree on a delivery
date and sign the contract. Let the seller sign it and give him a copy so he knows what he promised to fix. (Pay him after it is done).
As for the Kadaster and VAT, the surveyor will tell you what is going on but my bet is that these are none-issues. They never are unless you buy a realy, realy, big ship.
All this takes time but a small down payment may help sweeten the deal and secure the boat while it is being surveyed. At the same time it will still allow you to pull out of the deal and loose no more than the down payment.
Here is a good starting point to locate a reliable surveyor. Look for one near the boat to minimize travel cost. Professional certified and registered EMCI maritime practitioners - EMCI register