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Old 02-26-2012
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For the ones that are sailing in Europe some news, mostly bad:

If you put diesel in UK or Gibraltar pay attention, they use for boats inexpensive red diesel (less taxed and much less expensive than car diesel) and what was a good news can turn in a nightmare because from April the 1st their use will only be legal inside the 12Nm UK waters. The fines will be heavy and I bet national coast guards will be checking on that because everybody in EC is pissed with that British exception to the EC law, I mean cheap diesel for pleasure and not only for working, as in any other EC countries.

Cross-Channel red diesel use outlawed | Sailing news | Yachting Monthly

In Italy, also bad news, with all the pleasure boats over 10m sailing in Italian waters paying a daily tax. Well not really sailing because if you don't stop you don't pay, but if you stay the night on anchor or go to a marina, you pay.

The boats on the hard don't pay.

The taxes are:

It seems not much but if you are going to pass some time in Italy, it is going to hurt, not to mention leaving the boat there. It makes the Croatia tax look insignificant.