I am about to buy a 34 sailboat in the Caribbean
. The current
owner has her registered in St. Maarten.
As I plan to sail her next summer to Germany
I will register her in Germany
now, as I can not keep the St. Maarten flag.
I am aware that I need to pay VAT and get a CE stamp when arriving in Germany. Both is prepared.
Now to my questions.
I want to keep her over the summer in St. Croix Salt
River in the USVI.
A friend will look after her and do some work
on her during that time, to prep her for the Trans Atlantic next spring.
I need some advise now, regarding the temporary entry into US waters, as I could not get hold of US customs
Does anyone know:
How long a European boat
can stay in US VI waters without having to pay VAT or import
If a bond needs to be left with USVI officials until she leaves the USVI again.(Rumors say that this is not the case if works are to be carried out there).
Does anyone know how high this bond would be? The vessel is about 20000€ worth.
Many thanks for your help,