Originally Posted by goboatingnow
My understanding is
An Indian citizen or other commonwealth citizen cannot register under UK part 1 , and unless they are " established" in the UK.
But they can in Jersey
. (well, so says the website - never done it myself. mainly because I am not Indian
Any person established in the UK can use the SSR
While a percentage of SSR registrations are handled out to people using " addresses of convienence " ( let's call it that) it is illegal and I would suggest that it would be foolish to register an expensive vessel invalidy simply to avoid some local bureaucracy.
- Illegal to pretend to be UK resident to obtain an SSR? - 100% for sure
- odds on getting caught? - unless you do something else illegal (smuggle drugs, attack a Battlship or summit) then chances are slim.
- Downside for getting caught? - likely simply boat being de-registered rather than trip to the Tower of London. Likely but no certainty
. Of course "you" not being in the UK would in practice kinda help avoid any actual prosecution as even if an extraditable offence da gubberment probably has better things to do. Probably......
- Downside for getting boat de-registed? - Depends how sudden and inconveniant it is (IMO likely to get some notice of bad news coming down the pipe, if only from them initially querying your UK residency - could be weeks, likely in the months. and also how much of problem will depend how much where you are cares that the boat has no reg (or finds out your reg has been cancelled
? - slippery buggers are Insurance
companies!, a tendency to seize on stuff to refuse a claim - whether relevant or not.........
Obviously no one in their right mind would advise someone else to break the law!, especially not in writing, and doubly especially not on a public internet
. It's probably called grooming or summit
and punishable by waterboarding
But having said all that, for a £10k boat (and especially if SSR intended as only a temporary measure - i.e. until boat got to India and was registered there, just as a random example!) then I would seriously consider
going the SSR route
If the boat had any great value I would not do so, and would want all my i's dotted and t's crossed (principally on the Insurance)......therefore Jersey Reg! (and suck up the higher cost).
As a compromise, if you are connected to the Indian Diaspora in the UK - you could register the boat in a freind's name on the SSR, with them giving you a simple letter of authority.
The good news with the SSR is that it is not proof of ownership
/ title (as in other countries), so if you get a bill of sale
signed up in advance (from your freind to you) and undated you can reclaim ownership
at anytime you like and later either transfer the SSR into your own name (if you move to the UK!), cancel the SSR reg or simply let it expire.....plus you have the comfort of a) being in sole control of the boat b) your freind not actually knowing in which country the boat is located! and c) that your freind going legal
to try and claim / enforce ownership of the boat would be expensive (especially accross multiple jurisdictions) and out of all proportion to the value of the boat (£20k? in legal fees
for less than half a chance of getting a £10k boat!).
All ideas simply for mulling over - not advice
. no sirree, definately not advice