Motorboat & Yachting: The European Commission considers the Greek TPP tax to be lawful under EU law.
At the end of 2013 legislation was adopted by the Greek Parliament which, on implementation, will introduce a tax on boats of 7m in length or more that visit or are kept in Greek Territorial Waters – regardless of the boat’s flag state or the nationality of the owner.
As yet there has been no indication when (if at all) collection of this tax will start.
The RYA, through its membership of the European Boating Association (which represents 1.5 million boaters across Europe and of which the RYA is a founder member), wrote to the European Commission to express concern that the tax appeared to conflict with the Commission’s efforts to encourage recreational boat tourism within the EU.
The RYA also sought the Commission’s views on whether the tax was compatible with EU taxation laws.
The European Commission has reviewed the Greek legislation and has concluded that the tax does not contravene EU law. It remains to be seen, however, whether the recent political changes in Greece will have an impact on the speed with which this legislation is implemented (if at all).
In the meantime, the RYA continues to engage with the Commission in relation to its coastal tourism policy.
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Motorboat & Yachting: Steve Jobs’ yacht “Venus” squeezes through the narrow Simpson Bay lifting bridge in Sint Maarten.
We’ve all had those berthing moments where the knees start to knock and palms begin to sweat, so just imagine being in the deck shoes of the skipper of Apple founder Steve Jobs’ yacht, Venus, as it edged through the narrow lifting bridge in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten.
Venus, a 260ft (78.2m) all-aluminium Feadship, is captured by a drone as it narrowly passes through the bridge, which links the glamourous Simpson Bay Marina to Simpson Bay itself, with queues of road traffic either side to pile on the pressure.
Exact details about the yacht are closely guarded but it’s safe to assume that despite the slab-sided design, courtesy of Phillipe Starcke, slow speed control is excellent judging by the inch perfect adjustments made by the skipper in this ariel footage.
Once free of the shackles of the marina, Venus has a clamied top speed of 22 knots thanks to a pair of MTU 4,000 M73 diesels.
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Motorboat & Yachting: The fledgling Poole Harbour Boat Show is shaping up nicely, with Sunseeker, Fairline, Windy and Sealine all confirmed to exhibit.
The free event at Poole Quay Boat Haven is being launched this year and will also play host to the likes of Stingher RIBs, Bayliner, Quicksilver and Cobalt.
As well as new boat manufacturers, the show will also feature local chandlers, insurance firms and the RNLI. Meanwhile, local yacht clubs will provide on-the-water activities to spark visitors’ interest in all things nautical.
Another key attraction at the Poole Harbour Boat Show will be tall ships TS Pelican and Stavros S Niarchos, which will both be opened up to the public for a few hours at a time.
Jim Stewart, chief executive at Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: “2015 is as a vital year for the marine industry, and with a number of confirmed exhibitors so far, the Poole Harbour Boat Show is set to be a spectacular way in which businesses and marine enthusiasts can come together.”
Pratical Boat Owner: Boat owners cruising in Turkish waters are facing more difficulties because a new law regarding Residence Permits is confusing everyone concerned, the Cruising Association has revealed.
But many boat owners wish to cruise for longer than the constraints of the visa so then have to apply locally for a Residence Permit before the 90-day limit is reached.
The new law – 6458 – which came into force last April, means that anyone cruising in Turkey can only apply for a Residence Permit for a period of 3-12 months – and this requires some difficult documentation.
Before that, cruisers wanting to stay longer could apply for a Residence Permit which would last for up to five years as a straightforward process.
But the Cruising Association (CA) has learned that, at a meeting last month, the Turkish Foreigners Department told the British Consulate that a 120-day cancellation provision within the new law would be applied.
This would be based on cumulative periods outside Turkey over a 12-month count-back basis. There is now speculation that the 120 days might be extended to 180 days but this will only alleviate the problem if, instead of counting back, it only applies to the period of the current Residence Permit. It has also been indicated that the cancellation clause will apply to holders of the old style longer term permits.
This means that now, if a boat owner has left for a cumulative period of more than 120 days (or possibly 180) in the previous 12 months, the Residence Permit will be cancelled on re-entry and the boat owner must return on an e-Visa, until a new residence permit is obtained. Under the new law the cancellation clause applies to all types of permit but it would be logical to exempt permits of 12 months and less from it.
The CA has more than 5,000 members, more than 1,000 of whom enjoy cruising in the Mediterranean as well as Turkish and Greek waters.
Advice for cruisers
A spokesman for the CA, Bill Anstead, who has cruised in Turkey in recent years, said: ‘We are frequently explaining the Residence Permit problems to our local representatives who fully understand how it might discourage cruisers and the local marine industry have made representation to the Government.
‘Not all officials and agents understand the new law and how it should be applied. And certainly not all visitors! Several official UK and Turkish government websites do not use wording which makes it clear.’
Mr Anstead added: ‘What I will recommend to CA members based in Turkey, if the interpretation of the law does not change, is that they enter every year on a Visitors’ Visa (perhaps in April) and a few weeks before going home for the hot months apply for a Residents’ Permit for just 5 – 6 months to the end of their season.
‘This will keep cost of visa and permit to a minimum (about $70pa total) and also minimise local insurance costs, etc.’
Motorboat & Yachting: To celebrate 50 years of Princess Yachts, we’ve been taking a look back at some of the Plymouth yard’s most historic models.
The story began on Newport Street in Plymouth in 1965. It was here that ex-Naval officer David King and two friends started a company called Marine Projects.
Their first model, which was named Project 31, was built on the hull of a Senior 31 and fitted out in a rented shed. From such humble beginnings, Marine Projects made huge advances over the following years. This led to the 1969 launch of the Princess 32 – the first model to bear the name.
Eleven years later the company began work on the Princess 30DS with a promising young designer called Bernard Olesinski. His name has since become a byword for the deep-vee hull.
In 1984 the launch of the Princess 286 Riviera cemented this company’s status in the high-speed sports cruiser market. Its twin 270hp Volvo AQ271/DP engines gave a top speed of more than 30 knots.
The V-Class range was rolled out in 1994 with the arrival of the Princess V39, which in its latest guise is still one of the company’s best sellers more than 20 years later.
From Marine Projects to Princess Yachts International
But wasn’t until 2001 that the company was officially renamed as Princess Yachts International, with production split over three sites in Devonport, Plympton and Lee Mill.
And in 2008 a buyout by L Capital allowed further expansion, taking the Princess range over the 100ft mark for the first time. Today the largest model that Princess Yachts builds is the 40M.
However, the latest new vessel to be launched is the Princess 68 – our cover star for March. But with founder David King still at the helm, there’s plenty more to come.
Princess has hinted at further launches in the Flybridge, V-Class and S-Class ranges in 2015. Here’s to 50 more years!