This consolidated version became effective on 1 July 2023 and supersedes the July 2022 edition.
Editorial amendments are made for better clarity.
These regulations pertain to the design, building, and inspections of pleasure crafts utilized for both commercial (charter) purposes and personal use.
They specifically apply to crafts with a hull length under 24 meters and a maximum passenger capacity of 12 individuals.
The following categories are not covered by these regulations: a) Crafts intended exclusively for racing b) Canoes and kayaks c) Surf boards, powered surfboards, and sailing surfboards d) Submersibles e) Air cushion vehicles f) Hydrofoils g) Steam powered crafts h) Personal watercraft such as jet skis and water scooters i) Inflatable boats
Part II of these Regulations applies to the Construction and Classification of Large Yachts, which refers to yachts with a load line length of 24 meters or more. These yachts are used commercially for sport or pleasure, do not carry cargo, and have a maximum capacity of 12 passengers.
In general, these Regulations are applicable to large yachts with a length of less than 150 meters. However, large yachts measuring 150 meters or more will undergo special evaluation of their structural strength through direct analysis methods.
Large yachts intended for non-commercial use, following the Regulations of a National Authority and complying with the permitted number of persons on board, may also be considered for Classification/Certification.
The Classification/Certification of Large Yachts is determined based on the relevant requirements outlined in the Rules and Regulations for the Construction and Classification of Steel Ships (Main Rules), Rules and Regulations for the Construction and Classification of High-Speed Crafts and Light Crafts (HSC & LC Rules), as well as the specific statutory requirements of the National Authority governing such vessels.
In cases where the National Authority has not established specific rules for yachts, adherence to the Large Commercial Yacht Code (LY3 Code) of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will be taken into consideration.