Cruise the Med with our European Yacht Delivery Service

Explore History, Breathtaking Landscapes and All The Pleasures Of Europe From On Board A Yacht

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Are you dreaming of European cruising and the cost of new boats keep getting higher and prohibitive?  It’s true that new boat costs are skyrocketing and harder to get built the way you want them.  There is a better way.  With the large selection of quality used yachts in Europe, purchasing a used yacht in Europe for cruising makes sense on many levels. Your investment is much less so when you go to sell, your resale value is greater. Used boats care fully outfitted and sea trialed so you are not dealing with warranty issues and manufacturing defects. These are just a couple reasons, but bog ones.

Your dream to cruise the Mediterranean to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations rich in culture and history is more affordable than you think.  Cruise the Greek isles, Sardinia, Sicily and the Amalfi Coast, Corsica and Cote d’Azur.

Visit dozens of ports of calls and landscapes on your schedule and your own yacht. Imagine visiting the coasts of Croatia, Spain, Scandinavia, Turkey, the Fjords and the Scottish Isles, whatever calls to you.

See some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world from the sun-drenched hillsides to old-world refinement.

Today, it’s possible with our European Yacht Delivery Program. We have developed the services and support with our European service providers to make this easy and uncomplicated for you.

We’ll help you find the yacht that fits your dream  of cruising.  Your customized delivery is planned to every last detail and with utmost care.


Where do I take delivery of my yacht?

Your adventure starts where you decide. After the yacht purchase, we can have it delivered to any port for your departure. We have professional skippers and commissioning agents to help with any customizations or help you need from repairs, and upgrades to delivery services.

At that point, you are ready to begin your cruise. If you desire to begin from the Mediterranean, we can secure a captain to help with your first passage.

Both the Atlantic coast and Med locations provide direct access to Europe’s most breath-taking and coveted cruising destinations.

When is the best time to take delivery in Europe?

The Mediterranean sailing season runs from April to October. To enjoy the summer sailing season in Europe, it’s best to schedule your purchase for spring to enjoy your summer sailing. You will want to get to know your yacht and customize it for your use as well as get it provisioned for your cruise. Plan to take about a month or two for this process.

What is VAT and will I have to pay it?

Value Added Tax (VAT) is a tax levied by the government of each EU member state. It’s chargeable on boats imported into the EU and on boats purchased and owned by residents of the EU who are using their boat within the EU.

When you purchase your used boat you will apply for an exemption while cruising. Every country will have different timelines for how long you can stay so make sure you calculate this in your travel itinerary. A non-EU flagged boat with a non-EU skipper can remain continuously in the EU itself for up to 18 months without paying VAT.

Upon bringing your yacht back to the U.S. you will be liable for an import duty of approximately 2% of the value of what will then be a used yacht.

What are the cost And logistics to get my yacht back to America or the Caribbean?

There are several options depending upon your time and level of adventure. The fastest is to arrange transport on one of the many yacht transport carriers. There are specific ports of pick up and drop off. We can help with the logistics of this.

You can also hire a skipper and crew to bring it across on its own bottom or you can make the crossing with your crew or a professional crew. This takes planning, provisioning and the proper equipment, insurance, and cooperation.

You might consider participating in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) which starts each November in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. It is the most popular way for cruisers to cross the Atlantic with a group passage.

The ARC is the largest trans-ocean sailing event in the world and brings together over 200 cruising yachts to make the passage from Europe to the Caribbean. The destination in the Caribbean is Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia, one of the most beautiful islands in the Lesser Antilles. It’s a 2700 nautical mile passage on the NE tradewind route and takes approximately 21 days. This is a well managed program with pre-cruise seminars on routing, weather and safety. You get to cruise in the company of over 200 other cruisers

Can I place my yacht in a managed charter to offset costs of international travel?

Yes, many large yacht owners take advantage of the high-end professional yacht management companies who will offer full management of the yacht and onboard crew.  Your yacht can travel to world destinations based on your desires and be charted when you are not on board. There are tax incentives and income offsets for this usage. Your boat will have a professional captain and crew on board, all managed by the company.