Why Register Your Boat?

Currently there is no legal requirement for boat owners using their vessels for pleasure purposes to be registered on UK Ship Register (although it may be a requirement for marine mortgage purposes), but there is a legal requirement under international law. If you are thinking of using your vessel in international waters we strongly recommend registering it. We can help register your vessel on your behalf.

Help Prevent Fraud

When buying a boat you must check that the seller owns the boat and therefore has the right to sell it. Also make sure the boat is not encumbered with a marine mortgage or outstanding marina fees for example. When investigating title, the UK Ship Register is a good starting point, but what if vessel is not registered? How do you investigate title and obtain satisfactory proof of ownership? We can help.

Want To Live Aboard?

Are you thinking of buying a boat to live on? Is a live aboard really a cheaper alternative to buying residential property? Can you get finance to help with your house boat purchase? Do you intend to cruise the waterways or are you looking for permanent moorings? Do you need help in deciding what to buy or even how to get started? Whatever the situation we have the answers and can help make your dream a reality.

How Can We Help?

YachtingLawyers take care of all the legal and business aspects of boat ownership and operation. We protect you, your boat and your business, helping to minimise the risks associated with boat ownership, which saves you time and money in the long run. Contact us for help and advice on the following matters:

  • Boat Sale / Purchase Transactions
  • UK Boat Registrations & Offshore Flagging
  • Boat Finance Help and Advice
  • Pleasure Craft Insurance Advice
  • Boat Ownership Structuring – UK & Offshore
  • Company Formations and Business Start-up Advice
  • UK & EU Boat VAT Guidance
  • Temporary Importation Advice
  • Yacht Chartering
  • Multiple Ownership and Boat Syndicate Formations
  • Boat Fractional Ownership
  • Business facilitator
  • Review and preparation of commercial contracts for businesses