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11-21-2008 05:56 AM
goboatingnow The main issue comes on returning the boat to Europe specifically a EU or EEA country. This will generate a VAT bill on the financial value of teh boat in the country you land in.

Also for the boat to be legally imported into the EU/EEA it must comply with the RCD Directive, ie have a CE certification, you can now get post construction certification but it can be a 10-15K euros cost.

regards
11-21-2008 05:46 AM
Rockter I did the same thing in 1992. A Houston boat, then registered in the UK small ships register, and flew the red ensign, then took it home.

American boats are far better value for money, and you will have more choice.

Get ready for some serious taxes.... like 20%.... when you take it home to Europe though.
11-21-2008 12:31 AM
dohenyboy Also you could register the boat in a state like Delaware.
Even if you register in California, you would not pay sales tax because you are taking the boat outside California for a year after purchase. But this could be a hassle proving it to DMV and still letting you register in California
Delaware has no sales tax, will cost you about $60 plus the cost of the Delaware registration people.
Now, to clear up a misunderstanding regarding USCG registration: If its in a corporate name you do not need to be a US citizen to own the corporation, if its for recreational use only. But you have to have one or more US citizens involved to make this work: (quote taken from USCG website)

"In addition to individuals, corporations, partnerships, and other entities capable of holding legal title may be deemed citizens for documentation purposes. Corporations must be registered in a state or the U.S; the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors must be U.S. citizens, and no more than a minority of the number of directors necessary to constitute a quorum may be non-citizens. In addition, at least 75% of the stock must be vested in U.S. citizens for a coastwise or fisheries endorsement. "
So, if you had one American friend who would be willing to be the sole officer and director of a US Corporation , you could register with the USCG. Don't incorporate in California, too expensive.
11-20-2008 11:15 PM
dohenyboy either the boat is USCG registered or california registered.
if its california registered, you could just transfer it at the DMV and they don't care about your citizenship
if its USCG registration, I think you could register in California and cancel the USCG registration.
there is nothing in the DMV rules that limits you to the size of boat you can register.
I know that for a lot of countries state registration of a boat is problematic, but I would think it would not be for mexico. find out and you could have a solution
11-18-2008 03:39 PM
mitiempo
registration

Cayman Islands maybe....
11-18-2008 03:27 PM
patodesuiza Thanks ... now registering a boat in Switzerland is awfully expensive as they are asking you proof of bluewater captainship (which is a 5000 USD course for 2 years) and apart from that insurance premiums as high as 600 USD monthly. Now wonder there are not too many boats registered under the swiss flag.

Which country would be interesting to register that boat ? Panama? Nigeria ? Bahamas ? ...

Can anybody help with more detailed info ?

Thanks guys ....
11-14-2008 01:37 AM
mitiempo sorry, I was trying to be a bit humourous. sailing under the swiss flag would put pato in an elite group though.
11-14-2008 12:41 AM
sailingdog Doesn't have to have a coastline to have a sailboat registry..
11-14-2008 12:00 AM
mitiempo
swiss registration?

are there any Swiss registered boats? they're a bit short on seacoast.
11-13-2008 11:53 PM
sailingdog Pato-

Yes, you can buy a US-documented boat, but you would have to either register it in your home country or register it in a state, since you're not allowed to keep the boat under the USCG documentation.
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