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  1. #1
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    Default Changing flag... Spain to UK?

    Does anyone know what is involved in changing from Spanish flag to UK register?

    British built yacht, remote location.

    I've read all the paperwork and notes here... https://www.gov.uk/register-a-boat/the-uk-ship-register

    However I am currently renewing - for another five years - registration on my present boat .... seems to be taking forever. Sent check and paperwork airmail to UK 2 months ago... still waiting for new certificate to turn up....

    Any recent experiences? Essentially how long from change of ownership to being able to sail under British flag. Can she be sailed by a UK citizen under Spanish flag ( internationaly ) in the mean time?

    Asking for a friend

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    Default Re: Changing flag... Spain to UK?

    I registered my boat online with the SSR and can't remember precisely how long it took, maybe a week or two at the most.
    It had previously been on the German register

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    Default Re: Changing flag... Spain to UK?

    Have you considered telephoning them? Last time I called they were extremely helpful.

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    Default Re: Changing flag... Spain to UK?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    Have you considered telephoning them? Last time I called they were extremely helpful.
    Captain Holden’s location is ... remote ... as in Patagonia

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    Default Re: Changing flag... Spain to UK?

    Quote Originally Posted by Minn View Post
    Captain Holden’s location is ... remote ... as in Patagonia
    Last time I was there, circa ten years back, Pto Montt, Patagonia had telephones which worked. Has something changed?
    Great place, btw.

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    Default Re: Changing flag... Spain to UK?

    As I understand it, you need a Spanish qualification to sail a Spanish reg. vessel. However, whether anyone is going to check that in Patagonia is another matter.

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    Default Re: Changing flag... Spain to UK?

    Phoned the MCA recently? How long hanging on the phone to Cardiff?

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    Default Re: Changing flag... Spain to UK?

    Straight through this afternoon around 14.30 (after going through the various options) - out of 4 recent calls only once did I get in a queue and that lasted ages. So there's a good chance Frank might get through first time.

    PS Always found them very helpful.
    Quote Originally Posted by Minn View Post
    Phoned the MCA recently? How long hanging on the phone to Cardiff?

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    Default Re: Changing flag... Spain to UK?

    Quote Originally Posted by Minn View Post
    Captain Holden’s location is ... remote ... as in Patagonia
    Three years ago I had friends there emailing me from a bus! We have just got WiFi on busses in Exeter and my daughter tells me it is rubbish.

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    Default Re: Changing flag... Spain to UK?

    Yes, I can get good internet as I sail past Puerto Eden.... most remote settlement in all of South America ..... although I am surprised to hear the MCA has 'phones....

    I was thinking of sending them a postcard.....

    What I had hoped for was some real life experience from this side of the fence ... from people who may have done this. ... not what the MCA receptionist thinks happens. Last time I did it was over 25 years ago in Thailand but that was a boat already on the British register and was quite simple..

    Thats said I think it is about time I sent them an email to find out what has happened to my current boat's paperwork... I suspect their courier is lost in the high Andes.....

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