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clara
18-10-2011, 07:41
I would like to bring my boat from the UK to Tenerife. Its a 26 foot motor cruiser and is in Ipswich at the moment.
Has anyone any tips, hints or experiences please?

universal
18-10-2011, 13:05
If it's beam is under 8ft it could be shipped in a container if it is "outsize" then it may fit in an open cradle,
if its over that then it will be as deck cargo and that will be very expensive. Feel free to p.m. for any advice.

Muppet
18-10-2011, 13:46
I could be wrong, but please check the regulations about using it here too.

I believe that the Canarians do not accept RYC navigation, radio use and Skipper qualifications, you may find yourself needing to retake your qualifications in Spanish before you can actually use it.

stringfellas
18-10-2011, 14:24
Expanding on what Muppet has said I would make enquiries into the legality of keeping a UK registered boat here permanently I had a Uk registered jetski and they changed the rules one day (as they tend to do here ) and said that only watercraft matriculated here would be legal. I know this because I had agreed a trade in for a newer ski one minute the guy was giving me 5000 euro trade in the next it was worthless because the matriculation process was too expensive so BEWARE

blue marlin
18-10-2011, 16:11
the are not too interested in the CE certification either they like to do their own it may be easier to get private Spanish Registration but if its for Commercial use forget it not worth the hassle

cainaries
18-10-2011, 17:07
Only to say love your avatar. Off topic, sorry.

Nic
18-10-2011, 20:10
I could be wrong, but please check the regulations about using it here too.

I believe that the Canarians do not accept RYC navigation, radio use and Skipper qualifications, you may find yourself needing to retake your qualifications in Spanish before you can actually use it.

You're quite right. I work for a catamaran company in Puerto Colon and even though we have had people coming in for work with other country's qualifications in sailing they still have to undertake the Spanish exams although maybe if this boat was only berthed on a temporary permit there may be a way round it. I'd check it out before going to the expense of bringing your boat down here.

clara
19-10-2011, 19:36
Thanks for all the replies so far, I must be honest I have not considered legalaties yet but you have to start somewhere, so I thought the cost of shipping first. We have had our boat 10 years and have become unreasonably sentimental about it and it is probably not the most suitable boat for Tenerife .So far we have contacted a shipping firm in Felixtowe who have said it will not containerize and would have to be on a trailer or cradle. The boat is just short of 30ftx9ft x10ft high not counting cradle or trailer and weighs less than 5 tons. They do have a direct route from Felixtowe to Santa Cruz. A trailer would be longer than the boat; a cradle would have to be specially constructed and probably worthless in Tenerife. I suppose a specialist shipper who would supply all the 'packing' might be the way to go.

Any on going thoughts gratefully appreciated.

Muppet
19-10-2011, 23:27
Sorry, but I really think you are going the wrong way about here. There are plenty of boats for sale here - Los Gigantes marina being one of many with loads of Se Vende signs - the real issue is whether any harbour master would let you out on the open sea without the necessary certificates.

You/your partner may well have them under UK regs, bit as above, most or all are not applicable or acceptable here.

Being sentimental about belongings and the role they have played in your life is one thing, but these are sacrifices that need to be considered when leaving "home" for the long term - it's a bit like asking whether you can live without Eastenders, Corrie, decent internet connections, Tesco and so on....

tracey_in_tenerife
20-10-2011, 07:46
After looking at this post , my husband has just brought his Ferrari 612 over and paid 10k import tax , we now have been stung with 7k to matriculate it , my hubby for the last 19 months has been building a 52 ft motorcruiser to sale over here next year , will be showing him this thread , the tax system is a joke , and he's just done all his courses in the Uk to be competent enough to sail the boat over , my advice would be to buy over here unless you want one big headache


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clara
20-10-2011, 08:37
The decision to move to tenerife was made long before the idea of perhaps bringing the boat - I agree with muppet about clean move and virtually everything has gone - house, car. furniture etc apart from the boat which is a convenient place to live whilst we are organising ourselves for the move. If it doesnt come with us we will use it here in the sommer for holidays but now the idea is there I would like to investigate the possibilities first rather than just get another in Tenerife.

Thanks for sharing that Tracy, we will certainly take your experiences on board and really good luck to your husband with the build and eventually getting the boat to Tenerife.

Muppet
20-10-2011, 10:21
Sorry - my last comment, then I'll naff off.

The point we have been trying to make is that UK (and other countries) "boating" (sailing) qualifications are not accepted here in the Canaries. You will need to retake all the necessary examinations here - in Spanish - in order to register the boat here and more importantly use it.

You may even find you won't be able to find a berth or insurance without the acceptable qualifications.

By all means carry on looking at shipping costs and so on, but I suggest you contact those who know the rules about whether you can use it when it arrives, how to register it, and how long it will take (and where) to obtain the necessary qualifications required by the Canarians to be allowed to use it, and if necessary how long it might take to become fluent enough in Spanish to be succesful in the tests.

blue marlin
20-10-2011, 13:13
the cost for us on the back of a lorry in 2005 was 9000.00 excluding import tax

stevem
21-10-2011, 09:31
the cost for us on the back of a lorry in 2005 was 9000.00 excluding import tax And boy do I remember the grief you guys went through! :(