Ireland Yacht Registration

With the exception of some boats used on the inland waterways, there is no legal requirement to register boats based or used for recreational purposes in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and associated territorial waters.

However, if your plan to use your vessel overseas, it is required to register. There is a number of different registers available to boat owners in Ireland and our team would gladly assist you to register your yacht in order to comply with international and European laws and regulations when leaving Irish waters.

Irish (IRL) Sail Numbers for sailing yachts

Probably the most visible statement of Irish identity for sailing yachts; any sailing yacht based in Ireland is entitled to apply to the ISA for an IRL sail number. While it is essential for anyone planning on racing, most cruising boats will also have an IRL sail number. Once issued these sail numbers stay with the boat for life.

Irish Ships Register – Sailing & motor yachts cruising abroad

The Irish Register of Shipping provides state registration for all Irish vessels including recreational craft. It is accessed through the Mercantile Marine Office in the Department of Transport. The registration process includes affirmation of ownership, tax status and a survey of the vessel. Inclusion on this register provides full entitlements for vessels cruising outside of The Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and United Kingdom and associated territorial waters as set out in the Mercantile Marine Act 1955.


Contact us now to discuss the registration and flagging of your yacht by calling us on +353 21 2028270  or by email at Alternatively, you can complete the enquiry form on our contact page.

Our team of professional yacht agents will happily guide you to decide on the best suited flagging options for your yacht, based on the intended use of the vessel (private use, charter, VAT reclaim, export, …) as well other parameters such as taxes, insurance, mortgages and loans, boat & yacht finance and refinancing, all to fit with your personal circumstances.

While we are happy to register your vessel in the country of your choice, including through purpose-built holding companies and tax efficient ownership legal structures if necessary, we do have Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enable fast track registration with the following commercial ships and pleasure yachts registries: