Mediterranean adventures on a Jeanneau?

Ever thought of spending a season cruising the Mediterranean coast with its rich heritage and host of spectacular and historic sights? You can buy a new Jeanneau yacht and have it delivered and commissioned on the French Mediterranean coast and spend 12 months cruising in EU’s waters tax free. How is this possible? By registering the yacht as an Australian vessel you can take delivery tax free and no Australian tax is required to be paid until the yacht is delivered or arrives to Australia. It is also quite straightforward to extend a Med’ delivery for several seasons as the yacht can be wintered on the hard or at a marina depending on which Country you plan to finish your first season. Then the choices are to sell the yacht there, in which case the taxes applicable to the Country in which it is sold would apply, or join the ARC transatlantic rally and then cruise the Caribbean, or simply have the yacht shipped back to Australia once you have completed your med’ cruise which we can arrange for you. Australian taxes would then be due on a depreciated value on clearance into this Country.

Registering a yacht as an Australian vessel is fairly straightforward, requiring some documentation to be completed with AMSA, the registering authority in Canberra, with a modest fee. We work with you to make this process easy. If the idea of extending beyond one season in the Med’ appeals we can advise the best yards to use where your yacht will be hauled out, decommissioned for the winter, supervised and then prepared and launched ready for you when you return.

The Jeanneau Australian network of dealers are extremely well placed to offer Med’ deliveries and there are a number of French ports that we have experience with that can be used for the commissioning and fitting of local options, most recently Port Frejus, an hour West of Nice airport by car or train. Chantiers Naval Port-Frejus is a big yard that commissions a very large number of new Jeanneau yachts every year.

In order to make the process of taking delivery in France easier we oversee the commissioning process with our English/French speaking project manager who liaises between the yard manager and staff, and works with you to arrange local options not offered by the factory, such as safety gear, charts, a dinghy & outboard etc.

For a Med’ delivery your new yacht has the keel and rudder fitted at the factory and the yacht is tested in a pond within the factory where the engine pre-delivery service is completed. It is then delivered by truck to the South of France ready to be antifouled and the mast stepped.

In terms of warranty while cruising the Med’ the Jeanneau network of dealers are available should any warranty items need to be attended to in all the major destinations. Our experience has been that when any issues have come to light, nothing is too much trouble and our owners have had terrific support from both the Jeanneau network and the factory.

If you’re considering a second-hand yacht for a Med’ cruise be aware that it is difficult to find a well-priced yacht that is available ex-tax that hasn’t been a charter yacht. Otherwise yachts will have had VAT paid which averages 20%, so when you compare the ex-tax new yacht price it becomes extremely attractive!

For further details contact us here at PBS on 9979 9755.