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MCA releases a document about uncoded commercial sailing yachts engaged in racing

Published on: 17 February 2021

MCA release a document about uncoded commercial sailing yachts engaged in racing

Earlier this year, British Marine published that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) are targeting uncoded race yachts. In this article, British Marine looked at how the MCA are targeting uncoded race yachts that are operating commercially, and how they will take action against uncoded commercially operated sailing yachts engaged in racing. 
 
To aid owners and operators of these vessels, the MCA have now released a new information document titled “Small vessels in commercial use”. The document goes through all of the necessary information you will need to know if your boat is a pleasure vessel or commercial vessel, and will highlight what code your vessel will need to conform to if being used commercially. It also goes over many of the misconceptions surrounding coding and exemptions.

In summary, a small vessel is classed as a vessel that is under the length of 24 metres, and a pleasure vessel must only be used for the sport or pleasure of the owner and their friends and family. A commercial vessel is one which does not meet the definition of a pleasure vessel, in that instance it will be subject to commercial regulations. In the case of a company-owned vessel, it can only be used for the sport or pleasure of the employees and officers and their friends and family. The owner must not be paid for operating the vessel or carrying people.

Should you have any questions about the document, please contact the British Marine technical team via technical@britishmarine.co.uk and make the most of your membership.