Just to introduce myself, I am getting to the stage in life where retirement
is on the horizon, and am preparing for it .
So a little bit about me.
I am not strictly new to boats , my father and grandfather were bass fishermen, and me it was at first speed boats and water
skiing , when not helping dad . I progressed on to becoming an electrical Engineer
and did a few years testing Marine
Projects Boats , now known as Princess Yachts.
It was at this time I realized that being in the middle of a cluster of yachts, all tweaking this or that bit of string to gain a 1/4 of a knot
was much more satisfying than just pouring the throttles on.
It was at this time I decided its time to buy a yacht, and I did. However I made one massive mistake, and I have seen all the posts on here about making mistakes
but none mentioned this one !!
Apparently I should have discussed it with the wife first ( I didn't ) .
We are divorced now , and the yacht was not mentioned on any of the divorce reasons . ( must have got some other things wrong as well ).
Anyway a few years later I sold
the yacht to start a business, and we are back to today.
My intention is to buy a yacht and liveaboard
and prepare over a couple of years to go cruising, first the Med and then maybe further afield.
So I will be on here now and again asking loads of questions ( sorry lol )
I do keep an eye on this site and have already learned loads from you.
I am about to purchase
and its probably coming from the EU, ( I have a choice of a few at the moment ).
After checking through all of the vat issues I have come to the conclusion its best to buy a boat with vat paid ( and proved ) on original purchase
. I know I could buy through a company and remove the vat , and I should then sort the vat when back in the UK . But I have heard that this could lead to problems when revisiting the EU at a later date.
Also when purchasing
a British registered vessel in the EU , do you still have to pay " Bill of passage
If any has done similar or has any input ( apart from telling the wife first ) about purchasing
from the EU to UK I would appreciate it very much.