Designing, building and owning a superyacht can be hazardous for the unwary, and even for experienced owners there could be legal matters you need to know. We take a look at some of the legal issues you should be aware of as a megayacht owner from registration, VAT, and unravelling the complexities of build contracts, to your rights – and responsibilities – as beneficial owner. tim thomas editor in chief boat international

Legal Highlights

The changing European tax landscape and how it affects superyachts

Superyacht legal expert John Leonida of Clyde & Co explains what the changing European tax landscape means for superyacht owners

Protecting art on board superyachts

Displaying high-grade pieces of art on a yacht at sea comes with its own set of problems, in terms of environment, security and insurance.

Large Yacht Code 3 reassures owners & builders

Safety Is Foremost In The Changes Coming To The MCA’s Large Yacht Code.

Latest Legal Matters Articles

Superyacht A/V – the case for standards and warranties at the contract stage

23 May 2014

Superyacht A/V – the case for standards and warranties at the contract stage

Bringing A/V into the contract stage, and utilising warranties and standards could save a world of legal and financial headaches later on for yacht owners

Superyachts chartering in Greece - what yacht owners need to know

7 January 2014

Superyachts chartering in Greece - what yacht owners need to know

Greece has its own take on free movement of maritime traffic – and it's important for superyacht owners to understand the laws before deciding to charter their yacht in these waters

The changing European tax landscape and how it affects superyachts

21 November 2013

The changing European tax landscape and how it affects superyachts

Superyacht legal expert John Leonida of Clyde & Co explains what the changing European tax landscape means for superyacht owners

Maritime Labour Convention 2006: Ratified!

8 March 2013

Maritime Labour Convention 2006: Ratified!

The controversial Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) has been ratified. Now the yacht industry must decide how to react to its restrictions

Protecting art on board superyachts

13 February 2013

Protecting art on board superyachts

Displaying high-grade pieces of art on a yacht at sea comes with its own set of problems, in terms of environment, security and insurance.

Contract law and confidentiality between yard, broker and owner

7 February 2013

Contract law and confidentiality between yard, broker and owner

Confidentiality clauses in build contracts mean that if a builder or a classification society has something to hide, an owner cannot be informed about the yacht's condition.

Large Yacht Code 3 reassures owners & builders

6 February 2013

Large Yacht Code 3 reassures owners & builders

Safety Is Foremost In The Changes Coming To The MCA’s Large Yacht Code.

Maritime Labour Convention 2006: Yacht designers' responses

1 February 2013

Maritime Labour Convention 2006: Yacht designers' responses

Designers complain that the new MLC 2006 regulations regarding crew quarters are not suited to the yachting industry, and should only apply to commercial and military vessels.

Owners’ guide to crew contracts

30 January 2013

Owners’ guide to crew contracts

The new Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) will influence multiple aspects of crew provision and staffing, not only in terms of accommodation but also their welfare, working hours and social security.

Superyacht insurance warranties

15 January 2013

Superyacht insurance warranties

It is important to understand the intricacies if you are to avoid falling foul of insurance warranties – cutting corners may prove costly in the long run.

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