I believe that it would be difficult to buy a boat in Europe and live here several years without paying VAT.
However you can pay a smaller VAT. There are several places where you have reduced VAT: Madeira (Portugal) Island of Man (England). Perhaps you can have the boat registed there.
Perhaps there is another option. Perhaps you can buy the boat and register it as an Australian boat through an embassy. I have done something similar, with a Portuguese registed boat in Spain.
If you consider a Bavaria for sailing extensively, probably the better one is the 40 Vision. I know, the cruising line seems more seaworthy and fast, but it is quite the opposite. The Vision is faster and more of an ocean cruising boat (more ballast ratio).
The right place to buy a Bavaria is in the Palma de Maiorca dealer, the biggest. They sell 200 boats a year and they can offer you a good price and mount the boat the right way.
Last edited by PCP; 06-30-2010 at 03:03 PM.