Originally Posted by Chief Wiggam
The previous comments are partially correct -
So what part of what I posted is not correct?
The OP's profile shows him to be located in the UK. The only qualification I needed to add (and did) to my first post was that he had not imported the boat himself from outside the EU.
I wasn't trying to give an exhaustive analysis of VAT law - simply the reassurance that the simple fact that a person takes his own goods, purchased in the UK, to another country and then brings them back, does not place on him an obligations to carry or show proof of "VAT paid" status.
That, as you will no doubt acknowledge, is a bogus/mythical status that exists almost solely because it it is the interests of VAT authorities and self-professed marine VAT specialists to foster a sense of 'mystique' about VAT law.
Of course the VAT implications in some sets of circumstances can be more complicated, but in this case it's almot overwhelmingly likely that they're not.