Phil, you state you are a UK citizen. Are you a UK resident,i.e., live in the UK 185 days of the year?
Residency is required if you pursue Part III of the UK registry.
Registering in the BVI
may be a better option while you have the boat in the Caribbean.
Part III registration
Register your boat on the Part III (Small Ships Register) if you want to prove the boat’s nationality when sailing outside UK waters.
It costs £35 for 5 years.
To be eligible:
your boat must be less than 24 metres long
you must be a private individual (not a company)
you must live in the UK for at least 185 days of the year
your boat must have a name
For more information, read the full guidance notes.
You can make changes to an existing registration online, for example change of ownership
, address or boat details.
You’ll be sent a renewal notice when it’s time to renew.
Part I registration
Register your boat on the Part I register if you want to:
prove you own the boat
prove your boat’s nationality
use the boat as security
for a marine
register a pleasure vessel
get ‘transcripts of registry’, which show the boat’s previous owners and whether there are any outstanding mortgages
Your boat must have a unique name to be registered.
It costs £153 to register for 5 years.
How to apply
You’ll need to have:
a completed application to register a British ship (MSF 4740)
a completed declaration of eligibility (MSF 4727)
5 years of original title documents (for example a bill of sale (MSF 4705), builder’s certificate (MSF 4743), sales agreement or invoice)
Send the following supporting documents:
certificate of survey for tonnage and measurement
international tonnage certificate if the boat is over 24 metres
certificate of incorporation if you’re registering on behalf of a company
deletion certificate if your boat was previously on another register
confirmation of radio
call sign if you have one
To pay the registration fee you can:
send a cheque (payable to MCA)
fill in the request to pay by credit card
call the Part I registration number below to pay by credit card
You’ll be sent a renewal notice when it’s time to renew. It costs £72 to renew your registration for another 5 years.