Pleasure yachts, and any other vessels, that engage in international voyages, in other words voyages that involve travel to a country outside Antigua and Barbuda, or between any other two countries require to be registered and fly the flag of their country of registry.
Antigua and Barbuda offers an excellent option for the registry of pleasure yachts. The process of registry is simple and fast.
To register a pleasure yacht in Antigua and Barbuda the owner must be;
The procedure for registry of a pleasure yacht is very simple and merely requires submission of a small set of key documents. These are:
Where documents are submitted by post they need to be notarised copies but where the registry is transacted in person at the Antigua and Barbuda registry offices we wil make copies of original documents here.
Pleasure yachts are not allowed to operate commercially, that is, they may not charter or otherwise receive money for providing services. The fees for pleasure yacht registry are modest and the process can be completed very quickly. Registry also allows the owner at any time, to demonstrate his legal ownership of the yacht which is helpful in the event that he wishes to sell it.
No survey or inspection is required on registry.
For larger pleasure yachts compliance with some of the international conventions may be required. As a guide:
The survey and subsequent issue of these certificates can be completed by any of the Recognised Organisations accepted by Antigua and Barbuda.