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Old 09-11-2015, 18:39   #16
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Thanks for that..interested in your comment as to preferring no access to aft cabin from cockpit, why is that?

I would assume because it's difficult to keep aft cabin dry with forward facing companionway.
I sailed a Whitby 42 with aft cabin access from cockpit and the owner eventually closed up the access.
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Old 09-11-2015, 22:15   #17
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I would assume because it's difficult to keep aft cabin dry with forward facing companionway.
I sailed a Whitby 42 with aft cabin access from cockpit and the owner eventually closed up the access.

I'm fond the aft access. I use it is when underway mostly. Never had a problem keeping it dry but I batten down in storms.


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Old 10-11-2015, 02:15   #18
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Hi, having made enquiries myself with regard to buying a boat in America as they are so much cheaper than in the UK, only to find that the cost of shipping the boat back to England was greater than the price of the boat and there is VAT on top. There are millions of wonderfull boats for sale in the UK and no VAT if second hand. Lot less headache and cash. At the end of the day only you can decide what to do. Good luck on whatever you decide to do.
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Old 10-11-2015, 02:41   #19
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Andy,

So long as you don't reside stateside, I doubt you'll have to pay sales tax.
If you register it in the UK, when you get it home, you'll be liable for VAT. If you're not planning on getting it home, then who cares!
If you plan to live aboard, you can then bring it back to the UK as it is your domicile - it is not VATable...
Do you have any additional information on not VATable if its your domicile?
I can't seem to find anything.


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Hi, having made enquiries myself with regard to buying a boat in America as they are so much cheaper than in the UK, only to find that the cost of shipping the boat back to England was greater than the price of the boat and there is VAT on top. There are millions of wonderfull boats for sale in the UK and no VAT if second hand. Lot less headache and cash. At the end of the day only you can decide what to do. Good luck on whatever you decide to do.
You could always sail it back if able/willing too? I have been considering this. Buying in the States and then equipping (plotters, radar etc) would be much cheaper than doing it when back in the UK.
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Old 10-11-2015, 03:18   #20
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Hi, yes of course you could sail it back to the UK and if competent enough it would be a wonderfull adventure and of course if you prove that the boat is your sole home, then no vat would be payable.
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Old 10-11-2015, 16:05   #21
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There's an OI at Dinner Key Marina I think brokered by Massey Yachts`
Matt Grosselin is I think local rep. 305-318-2066
Ed Massey is an honest broker from whom I bought a boat. He tries hard, & I would go back to him
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Old 17-11-2015, 15:29   #22
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Skiggy,:Yes, was gonna sail it back, eventually! Can't see anything in UK that grabs me like the Morgans!
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Old 18-11-2015, 04:36   #23
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Re: Brit buying boat in US?

We've owned three center cockpit boats now. A Spender 53, a Morgan Classic 41, and now the Gulfstar 44. The Spencer 53 had cockpit access to the aft cabin. Like anything on a boat it can be a matter of opinion, but the extra companionway that faced forward made keeping water out a challenge in a seaway, the ladder in the aft cabin decreased useable space, the cockpit was not as functional with reduced seating space. On the other hand the Classic and Gulfstar have plenty of space in the cockpit, and the aft cabin is more functional. A large aft hatch in the aft cabin provides for emergency egress should the need arise. As always, your choice and what you prefer or get used to.

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FYI, we're looking to sell our Morgan O/I 33' (presently moored in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) some time in the summer. Been living on her for the past four years. Won't be posting it until spring. Coincidentally, we're actually moving to England, where we have our new-to-us boat waiting for us.
Don't mean to hijack the topic, but do you have suggestions for liveaboard-friendly marinas on the south coast?

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Old 01-02-2016, 15:31   #25
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Re: Brit buying boat in US?

HI There, This is easy ! I bought my first boat (HUNTER PASSAGE 456) in Florida. After registering her in London under the British Flag I had to display a 90 DAY Florida Tax Decal, and leave the USA within that time (90 DAYS) I sailed to Bimini in the Bahamas for 10 days and sailed back into Miami where I cleared inwards with customs and CBP, (showing proof of my trip to Bahamas) - i.e. Clearing charges and Fuel Bills etc. I was then issued with a 12 months cruising Permit which permitted me to sail within Florida freely as a foreign Flag vessel. I was obliged to send all the details of the transaction to the Florida State Government office up country to conclude the registration process which was all assisted by a specialist Documentation Company used to these transactions. Do Not forget to register any Radio equipment including EPIRBS etc with the UK Radio licence Office,

Hope this helps to guide you - If you transit anywhere in Europe you will be required to pay EU VAT on the value of the vessel (not the price paid) at the first port of entry.
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