Pleasure Craft Registration FAQ
Q1 – what type of boats or vessels eligible to register on a British flag under either Part I or III of the UK Ship Register?
Only pleasure craft is eligible to register under either Part I or Part III or the UK Ship Register. (Other types of boats or Vessels are required to register under Part of the Register).
A pleasure craft is a boat (like a yacht) that is used for sport or pleasure. The owner of the boat is not using the boat to receive any money for operating it or carrying passengers.
Q2 – What are the differences between Part I and Part III UK Ship Register?
Part III Register is for – Privately owned boats
A privately owned boat is considered a pleasure craft if, at the time of its journey, it’s on a free voyage or excursion and used by its owner or family members
Part I is for – Company owned boats
A company-owned boat is considered a pleasure craft if, at the time of its journey, it’s on a free voyage or excursion and used by (i) Officer of the company or (ii) immediate friends and family of employees or officers of the company
Q3 – What If I have a joint ownership of the pleasure boat that I am eligible to register but my partner isn’t?
In this case, your partner can still have a minority share in the boat. For example, you can own a larger overall shares of the boat ie. You own 51 shares of the boat and your partner has 49 shares. Please note that the bills of sale and Declaration of Eligibility form (applications to the UK Ship Register) will have to reflect this.
Q4 – what other license or registration I will need to apply as a UK boat owner?
As an owner of a pleasure craft you will need a Ship Radio License which Archers can assist you in applying for the license.
Q5 – What to do if your boat is not a pleasure craft?
For any concerns about your boat being a pleasure craft, contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
or give us a call on (0044) 02033978776