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  • Transporting personal possessions from the UK to France for use on a sailing boat.

    We are purchasing a sailing boat from a French boatyard. The vessel will be for private use only by ourselves, it is a VAT not paid vessel and will be exported from France immediately we take possession. We are UK nationals and have been resident in the UK for our entire lives. The boat will be registers on the Small Ship Register as a UK flagged vessel. We have owned a sailing boat in the UK for the past 20 years and have an extensive inventory of equipment that we need to transfer to the new boat, which will then be installed in and on the vessel. Most of the equipment is older than 6 months but some items will have been bought in the UK, VAT paid, that are less than 6 months old. We intend to sail extensively in both international waters and the coasts of Spain, Portugal and down into the Mediterranean. Any visit to EU countries with the vessel will be done under the Temporary Admission regulations and we will return to the UK at some point over the next 3 to 5 years where we will formally import the vessel into the UK. What formalities and documentation do we need to adhere to to meet the appropriate requirements for both English and French customs for the goods and possessions that we need to get to the boat before setting off. Thank you.