I'm interested in the possibility of buying
a small sailing yacht in Japan
and taking it to Taiwan
, where it would be based.
I understand that the Taiwanese regulatory requirements are rather onerous, being mostly designed for commercial
vessels. I've also been told that they don't permitt the importation of anything older than 10 years. I'm hoping it will be possible to avoid these hurdles by foreign registry.
I'm a British citizen, and the UK Small Ships Register would be the obvious choice, since its cheap
(25 quid for 5 years, according to the RYA) and doesn't require a survey
. However, although I still own a flat, and thus I have an address in the UK, I'm not normally resident there and so am technically barred from the SSR.
The "traditional" Part1 registry seems to be available, and isn't that expensive (124 quid then a tenner a year in renewal fees) but requires a survey
and more documentation
, which may be difficult to get for a Japanese boat.
From a look around this forum, flags
that may be a bit more expensive, but perhaps more convenient include Langkawi (about 400 euros plus 90 euros renewal plus agents fees) and, slightly surprisingly, Holland
(about the same charges but possible online so no agents fees). As far as I can tell, VAT and certification
of conformity with the EC Recreation Craft Directive aren't issues if you don't intend taking the boat to Europe
Pavillon Hollandais - Immatriculation de bateaux de plaisance sous pavillon hollandais
I havn't yet considered the potential perils of the passage
, though some "island hopping" looks possible. Assuming I carry on in my present job, the two windows of opportunity would be about a months winter vacation
around Feb (Chinese New Year) and a couple of months July-August. I'm going to Japan
next week and hope to find time to visit a broker or two.
I'd be very interested in any comments on the feasability of this idea, though I realise that detailed knowledge of Taiwanese and Japanese regulations
is hard to come by.