Originally Posted by John marven
Can anybody advise me on what I need to do to de register from being a French vessel to re registering as an Australian vessel including name change. Is it difficult?
My advice would that you have the seller of the vessel supply the Certificate of Withdrawal. Make it part of the purchase
agreement. You then have less to worry about.
In order to apply for a Certificate of Withdrawal in France, the original Certificate of Registry has to be attached to the application for the Certificate of Withdrawal. The Certificate of Registry is held by the present owner of the vessel.
How long it takes depends on the office were the application is submitted. Some offices will issue a Certificate of Withdrawal within a week or so, others it may take a month.
So either make sure that the vessel is delivered with a Certificate of Withdrawal, or that the original Certificate of Registry is handed over so you can apply for one.
Note that the vessel has a size which makes it subject to annual taxes
in France. I am not sure, but I can imagine, that the authorities might not issue a Certificate of Withdrawal if taxes
have not been paid. That could possibly
mean, that if the owner hands-over the original Certificate of Registry and you apply for a Certificate of Withdrawal, that either they refuse to issue the document as long as the previous owner has not paid the taxes OR you are made liable for the taxes not paid. Mind you, this is speculation on my part. A fiscal specialist will be able to advice you on this.
So in conclusion : if the deal is not yet sealed........make the Certificate of Withdrawal part of the deal, that way you are sure all is cleared and you can not be made liable for anything.