Please note I'm not trying to "skim" the rules or dispute them. I've spent a lot of time reading the MCA code and there is a lot of good safety
stuff in there. But a lot of the stuff is costly to certify for something I already know is ok (ie stability test).
I'm going to call on Monday but this is an extract from the official application to the BVI Maritime Registry:
"The above regulations apply to ‘small commercial sailing and motor
vessels’ which are
(BVI) vessels; and other (foreign) small commercial sailing and motor
vessels to which a relevant ‘Code of Practice’ applies, whilst they are operating from a harbour in the Virgin Islands
or are in Virgin Islands (BVI) waters."
Note the last sentence..... We are not proposing to operate with in the territory of the BVI, and our boat will meet all the safety
requirements for SCVs in the waters in which it will operate.