I thhink that sounds like a great idea (This is our second year in the Med and we love it). There seem to be many great boats available when walking around marinas
. The people we know who have purchased a boat have first decided what they were looking for and them worked with one of the major brokerages (some internet
searches will give you a list).
Many boats have VAT paid and included in the price
. This way you can stay in the EU as long as you want. But some do not have VAT paid, so the cost is less and you will have to leave the EU every 18 months.
It's too bad that the Euro is so strong now, it makes it easier for Europeans to buy USA owned boats than the other way around.