Originally Posted by dennisail
how long do you think it would take all up? Was there a need to send snail mail back and forward repeatedly?
Check the AMSA website. Under the "Shipping Registration
" tab there is both a lot of information, plus all the various forms required. The forms and supporting documents generally need to be lodged as originals (including the all-important Bill of Sale) so yes, there is a fair need for snail mail, but not 3 months' worth. It's also worthwhile to simply call AMSA and talk to them about your exact circumstances and plans, confirming eaxctly what they will require from you before you start the snail mail process.
Our tip would be to aim for Provisional Registration -- You then have 12 months to complete Final Registration, although there may be other time limits once your vessel is landed in Australia
-- from the start. With Provisional Registration, you become an Australian flag vessel and you're ready to embark.
It's also worth mentioning here that they/AMSA are a bit more relaxed about yachts than they might be for registering a ship. So, for examples, yachts do not require tonnage assessments and they can be a bit more flexible with the marking requirements on yachts as well.
If you stay focused and persistent, it should be less than a month, possibly even only a fortnight, to put yourself in a position where you're virtually (again, however, you may not have a Bill of Sale until you're actually at your intended purchase
vessel) ready to achieve Provisional Registration.