First of all, Brexit will happen and Belgium will not cease to exit. The British have almost no time left to backpedal and it would be political suicide to try in the current
climate. As for Belgium, the situation is way too complex for the country to just dissolve. It would require a war or a major global economic collapse or any other serious upheaval to trigger anything.
You’re doing the right thing by reflagging into a EU country in my opinion.
The cost for the Belgian flag is 50 euros per 4 years, for a private recreational yacht under 24 meters. (If you register through a company that does the paperwork for you then you’ll have to pay their fees
on top of that of course.)
Yet, under that most basic of registrations you’re still allowed 6 paying passengers.
You do not need any personal boating license
and your boat must not comply to any rules such as safety
rules (except for some EU directives such as “all boats built since 1998 must have a holding tank
,” but these are rules aimed at boat builders.)
There is a 2000 euro tax on new boats that decreases by 10% per year so it comes down to zero if your boat is ten years or older.
You need to have the Belgian nationality (you can live anywhere in the world)
You need to have a EU nationality (and live in the EU if I’m not mistaken)
You have to be a legal
resident of Belgium (any nationality)
Last time I registered was two years ago (all my info in this post dates from then) and I sent copies of all the required documents + proof of payment by email and that was it. They mailed me my paperwork (a single
page) and were also happy to send me a copy by e-mail.
I believe they’re slightly more strict now and it requires a touch more red tape
. But it’s still super easy and the Belgian and Dutch flags
are still considered to be the “flags of convenience” of Europe
See their contact details in one if the previous post.
You will also have to register your ship’s communication equipment
with the BIPT and they will send you your ships radio license
in return. (All your equipment
must be EU approved.)
BIPT - Licences