The complexities of megayacht registration, and particularly of Classification, can be challenging for new and experienced owners alike. We take a look at the implications of luxury yacht registration, explore the various Classification Societies and Flag States, and break down some of the arcane language and abbreviations that you may encounter on your journey through superyacht ownership. Tim Thomas

Registration & Class Highlights

Classification: superyacht security and safety

Part of the armoury against today’s security threats, the ISPS code is examined for its relevance and application to superyachts.

How to choose your yacht's flag state

Choosing the flag that best fits your planned use and your financial situation is a key decision when buying a superyacht.

Yacht classification definititions

Paolo Moretti of the Italian classification society RINA, looks at the definitions, certifications and rules that apply to large pleasure yachts.

Latest Registration & Class articles

Classification: Who's Who of Classification Societies

5 February 2013

Classification: Who's Who of Classification Societies

Classification societies set the construction and maintenance standards for all ocean-going vessels.

Classification: Statutory certification explained

29 January 2013

Classification: Statutory certification explained

Statutory certification during shipbuilding aims to ensure a high-quality builds. But some owners and shipwrights see these rules as unnecessary and the organisations enforcing them profiting at the builders' expense.

Classification societies and their liability

15 January 2013

Classification societies and their liability

Classification societies offer unparalleled technical knowledge of the shipbuilding process. However, they can make mistakes. And if a boat should fail, suing the society who certified it as sea-worthy can be very difficult.

Yacht owners guide to Classification Societies

15 January 2013

Yacht owners guide to Classification Societies

Regular surveys for a yacht that seems to perform perfectly well should not be viewed as an inconvenience, says barrister Benjamin Maltby, who explains why and when classification is necessary and the societies’ vital role in keeping owners, guests and crew safe.

How to choose your yacht's flag state

20 July 2012

How to choose your yacht's flag state

Choosing the flag that best fits your planned use and your financial situation is a key decision when buying a superyacht.

Classification: superyacht security and safety

20 July 2012

Classification: superyacht security and safety

Part of the armoury against today’s security threats, the ISPS code is examined for its relevance and application to superyachts.

Charter yacht safety codes

20 July 2012

Charter yacht safety codes

Chartering your yacht can mean complying with a bewildering number of safety codes. Paolo Moretti from Italian classification society, RINA explains the basics

Yacht classification definititions

20 July 2012

Yacht classification definititions

Paolo Moretti of the Italian classification society RINA, looks at the definitions, certifications and rules that apply to large pleasure yachts.

MARPOL environment protection regulations for yachts

20 July 2012

MARPOL environment protection regulations for yachts

Environmental protection regulations on yachts are becoming increasingly stringent, but they offer the opportunity for owners to reduce the running cost of their vessels.

Class Distinction: Leander Lloyd's Survey

19 July 2012

Class Distinction: Leander Lloyd's Survey

We visit the 74.8m motor yacht Leander to discover exactly what goes during a Lloyd’s survey

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