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    Default Buying Abroad

    In the good old days when the pound was a lot stronger than it is now, did any of you buy abroad- or even Ireland, in order to save money?What was the process like ? Did you have to pay VAT when you imported it? Did you save a lot in the long run? Thankyou

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosealegsyet View Post
    In the good old days when the pound was a lot stronger than it is now, did any of you buy abroad- or even Ireland, in order to save money?What was the process like ? Did you have to pay VAT when you imported it? Did you save a lot in the long run? Thankyou
    if you said what boat you wanted there mite be some one on here knows where there is one for sale jez loves finding boats for peeps

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    I have bought boats (including my current one) from abroad numerous times.
    I have bought in Greece, Sweden, France, USA and (almost) Italy.

    The process varies from country to country and all are a little different to the UK but nothing too daunting.
    Lots of EU countries have better registration systems that make ownership and status more transparent than the rather poor UK register.

    Currently, if you buy a boat in the EU there is no VAT to pay as we are all part of the common market and customs union.
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    Default Re: Buying Abroad

    Bought our current boat 13 years ago from Snip yachting in Ouistreham France. Roland Vegriete, the owner of Snip, made it a very pleasant experience looking after repairs, upgrades, surveys, deregistration, and VAT status certification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seastoke View Post
    if you said what boat you wanted there mite be some one on here knows where there is one for sale jez loves finding boats for peeps
    just doing all the research stuff first Seastoke, and do all the courses, I wont buy until the Winter time.Who is Jez?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjbrace View Post
    Bought our current boat 13 years ago from Snip yachting in Ouistreham France. Roland Vegriete, the owner of Snip, made it a very pleasant experience looking after repairs, upgrades, surveys, deregistration, and VAT status certification.
    So there is a registration system is there for boats? Similar to registered cars or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitelighter View Post
    I have bought boats (including my current one) from abroad numerous times.
    I have bought in Greece, Sweden, France, USA and (almost) Italy.

    The process varies from country to country and all are a little different to the UK but nothing too daunting.
    Lots of EU countries have better registration systems that make ownership and status more transparent than the rather poor UK register.

    Currently, if you buy a boat in the EU there is no VAT to pay as we are all part of the common market and customs union.
    Thanks Whitelighter.Do the brokers make sure there is no outstanding finance on the boat?What about shipping costs from other countries? Is that how you got the boats homes by shipping them in a container?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosealegsyet View Post
    Thanks Whitelighter.Do the brokers make sure there is no outstanding finance on the boat?What about shipping costs from other countries? Is that how you got the boats homes by shipping them in a container?
    It would have to be a pretty small boat to fit in a container. Normal methods from Europe are low loader and transport by road, or hire a crew to bring it over.

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    Default Re: Buying Abroad

    Quote Originally Posted by Nosealegsyet View Post
    Who is Jez?
    Jez = Whitelighter

    Re: Bringing back from Europe - once you take into account fuel, berthing, crew, food, wear and tear on the boat - if the boat is in the Med, sticking it on a lorry is what most people choose to do. Unless its a trip they really want to do. How much this will be will depend on a) the size of the boat and b) the journey. See this thread for some recommended transport companies:
    http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread...he-solent-34ft

    On a smaller boat, you can navigate through France via the canal system . See http://www.michaelbriant.com/ for research material.

    Anticipating your next question... you might be interested in European "RIghtmove" equivalents (which Jez kindly provided me with many moons ago)
    https://www.inautia.com/
    https://www.cosasdebarcos.com/
    https://www.annoncesbateau.com/
    https://www.boatshop24.com/en/ . (.com, not .co.uk)

    If you use Google Chrome as a browser, it should automatically offer you the option of translating these sites into english where necessary.
    Last edited by DazzyWoo; 19-05-19 at 11:43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosealegsyet View Post
    So there is a registration system is there for boats? Similar to registered cars or not?
    In France, yes. Similar to the UK part 1 register and our Small Ships Register

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