Yacht registration in Germany
Germany has various shipping registries, each with its own procedure. For vessels of less than 15 meters, which operate only on European inland waterways, there is a choice between a regional or national register. For large vessels or sea voyages, registration takes place through the court. Registration takes between 15 and 30 days, depending on the shipping register in question.
At least 50% of the ship belongs to a German citizen or resident.
Depending on the authority where the vessel is registered, the requirements will vary. Generally, however, it may be said that the documentation must be written in German, or must be provided with a sworn translation into German.
Pleasure crafts do not have to go through an inspection.
Depending on the size of the vessel, its use and the authority where it is registered, certain requirements may need to be complied with.
Taxes and levies
No, local representation is not required. However, if the owner is not a German resident, then he/she must have a German correspondence address.
Provisional registration is not issued
Registration shall be valid for an unlimited period.
The registration process of the vessel takes 15 to 30 business days, depending on the authority where the vessel is registered
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