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Moving to EU with US boat

Has anybody any direct experience of taking a US boat to the European Union to live and dealing with the CE mark (RCD) certification? I DON'T mean just cruising in the EU under the 18 month rule, but actually going there as a US citizen with a US-flagged yacht to become an EU resident.

There is VAT and the CE mark. I have established that I would be VAT exempt because I could bring the boat as a "temporary import," ie a personal possession.

But if I understand correctly I would have to get the boat CE marked, which primarily means the engine being certified to meet the emmissions requirements. This is potentially a major hassle and expense as engines more than 10 years old can be declared invalid.

However, there is a lot of confusing info about whether the CE mark would apply to a US-flagged boat brought in as a "temporary import."

Grateful if anyone has experienced this scenario.
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