So between the red diesel, Schengen restrictions, a dollar worth about Euro 0.80, various countries wanting to tax your boat, Portugal requiring special equipment and safety checks, ICC plus an endorsement for the inland waterways, 15-20% VAT on everything except the air; I'm starting to think I'm not really wanted on the continent. I can see why the Brits didn't go all the way with the EU.
A US citizen does not require a Schengen visa as far as I am aware, UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands are not part of the Schengen agreement as such, Channel islands and Isle of Man are not EU, and Norway, although not EU, is signed up to the Schengen agreement, clear enough.
Think you'll need to do a bit of googling to try and get things clear, but I'm sure that a fair few of your countrymen have been through this and should be able to help
Are you sure you are not secretly a Tim Bartlett or Toad o 2TH Alien Cloning Pod, grown in the Florida Everglades, and sent to take over the Solent?
"Journos Luxury Yacht"=a hole in the water for time, money,affection,blood,sweat n tears
My first and and one of the few contacts with my North American cousins was when I was in my teens at school and the American Army Medical Corps took over one of the cotton mills in our town prior to the invasion '43/'44. I remember 5 OR 6 baseball or softball matches going on at the same town in the large park next to where I lived.
During our holidays we had fun teaching them soccer and also how to ride our drop handlebar derailleur geared sports bikes - they'd only ever seen 'sit up and beg' bikes with back pedal brakes. Very many of them were recent immigrants still speaking in broken English. Several came along to our chapel downtown and a couple visited our home - my dad was the chapel pastor.
I was asked why I was not in the army - I was 13 coming on 14 at the time!
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