Catamaran cruising

Who: Carolyn & Chris Gebbie
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The Greek Cruising Tax - TEPAI

20 May 2019 | Messolonghi
The saga continues as sailors try to register and pay this new tax. It has been a chaotic process with the Greek Government saying it was implemented a couple of time only to back down when it became clear that there was no process to pay or manage it. With lots of pressure from yachting organisations including the UK Cruising Association (of which we are members) they have finally got to a point where it is live.

You have to register online and then wait to get an email confirmation, then back on the web to enter your boat details and other data. Then you wait again for a further email that contains the details of how to pay and a unique identification number. You can then go to the bank or make an internet payment.

We chose to pay via our normal online payment process 'XE' which has worked for us many times and we finally managed to go online and download the file that confirms the payment. Apart from the fact that our printer decided it was also on strike we managed this with a relatively small amount of stress. This is mostly because, as members of the CA we have quite detailed guidance notes that have been developed and everyone feeds in their experiences and issues so others can avoid them. The torment on Facebook etc is still going on as sailors lament the hassles they are having.

This is a monthly charge of about E103 for our boat, payable for every month you are 'in the water' so we have had to pay an extra 614 Euros for the six months floating around. If your boat, like ours is over 12m the tax ramps up considerably compared to that for smaller boats. We shall see if it drives boats away from the country, if we had to pay all year we would be planning to leave, but its half the cost we originally expected so......we have not yet decided on our next seasons voyaging.

In addition, here you have to have a DEPKA form which gives all the same details, is not linked at all to the TEPAI process and has to be re-stamped each year before the day it was stamped the previous year. This clearly means that each year you have to be earlier. Luckily we only arrived in Greece from Italy in late May last year so our DEPKA is due for re-stamping by 30th May. That's the next bureaucratic hurdle we will be trying to cross!

Main Photo: The Dredger we met in the Messolonghi channel
Vessel Name: Splice
Vessel Make/Model: Broadblue 435 Catamaran
Crew: Carolyn & Chris Gebbie
We have been married for over 25 years and have two grown up sons. Carolyn has dual English/French nationality and speaks French well. [...]
Extra: Contact us at splice435(the at sign)gmail.com
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Who: Carolyn & Chris Gebbie