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We bought our boat in Conn and moved it to Fla where we were residence....
Got it now. Full on tax due to FL, because you brought the boat there.


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Got it now. Full on tax due to FL, because you brought the boat there.

Nope we bought and paid for the boat in Conn but did not pay sales tax in Conn. We moved the boat to Fla and paid the tax there and got our little widow stickers until we headed out --

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Nope we bought and paid for the boat in Conn but did not pay sales tax in Conn. We moved the boat to Fla and paid the tax there and got our little widow stickers until we headed out --
I wrote brought, not bought. I think we're on the same page now.


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Dear all.
I have a few questions on the above. My wife and I are living in America currently and will be here for a further 2 years. I have noticed that boats here are significantly cheaper than in the uk or Europe.
My main question is with regards to registration in the uk or Europe and if it is a requirement to do so.
Our intention would probably be to bypass the UK and go straight to the med so can we not just leave the boat registered in the US.
If we do not import the boat then would that not mean that we do not pay vat and would not have to worry about CE registration?
I know we would probably have an issue down the line when eel come to sell but apart from that I don't see a down side.
The other issue is with the ICC. Is this a requirement if you have your own craft or just FO charter.
We owned a boat in the uk which we sold before coming to America and have a reasonable amount of sailing under our belts but only land based formal qualifications.
There does not seem to be an equivalent course here in the US that would automatically give you an ICC. I may be wrong but I have not seen any. So in a nutshell we would like to purchase a boat here in the US and sail it to the med to cruise for a few years.
Any advice would be grately apriciated.

BTW I would not try the Atlantic crossing myself but would get a skipper to help me. I don't have enough experience to go it alone.
Pretty good pod'caster out there with good info on this who lives in Salt Lake City, leaves his boat in the Med mostly in Turkey I believe. He did exactly what you are proposing (sailed his boat across) and has avoided VAT. You might check him out at Sailing in the Mediterranean and I've no vested interest just a listener to his podcast.

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Thanks for all his info guys. Really useful.
We are on vacation currently on Saint Martin in the Caribbean.
I am so tempted now to change our plans and once we finish work in two years come down here and spend at least one season here before we head to the med.
we had been to the Caribbean several times before but I had forgotten how beautiful it was and the constant steady breeze just makes you want to get out on a boat.
Going to a have a look at some boats whilst we are here.
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There's an nearly new outbound for sale down there for short money given what's in the boat. Did one SDR and then lightly sailed. Know the owner well. Killed multiple bottles of scotch with him. Boat is Bristol fashion. Worth a look.

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Sadly out of time now. We leave on Sunday morning.
Do you have a location and a rough price?
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