Guernsey Yacht Registration

The Channel Islands are situated approximately 14 miles off the Northwest coast of France and are made up of two administrative jurisdictions, or Bailiwicks, Guernsey & Jersey.

The Bailiwick of Guernsey includes the Islands of Alderney Sark & Herm.

There are no formal links between the two Bailiwicks although they both share the same relationship with the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe. They are both part of the British Isles but not of the United Kingdom and as such, are dependent on the Crown for the administration of foreign affairs and defence. Otherwise the Islands are independent jurisdictions and are governed by their own ‘Parliaments’, the States of Guernsey and the States of Jersey.

Both Guernsey & Jersey operate their shipping registry autonomously, with the UK providing control over certain operational areas.

The Guernsey register is administered by the States of Guernsey Registry of British Ships.

The principal Port of Registry is Guernsey (not St. Peter Port, which is the Island’s capital and main harbour).

Guernsey is a Category 2 British register which means that it is restricted to pleasure yachts of not more than 150 tons gross (as ascertained under Merchant Shipping tonnage regulations) and certain other commercial vessels operating within local waters.

If the vessel is to be used for hire or reward then it must comply with the appropriate MCA Code of Practice.

A vessel which is 24 metres or more in length cannot be registered if it is to be used for hire or reward, even if less than 150 tons gross.

Guernsey still produces the original-style A3 Certificate enclosed in the hardback cover (‘blue book’).

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