Registration Criteria

In order to register your vessel on the National Register of Historic Vessels (NRHV) it must meet our criteria.  The following explanation will help you understand what we are looking for by expanding some of the criteria so you can decide whether your vessel is likely to meet these requirements.  If a vessel is to be considered for registration it must:

Be at least 50 years old

The age of the vessel at the time of registration must be a minimum of 50 years since build. 

Have demonstrable and significant UK associations

This applies to vessels which fit within one of the following headings:

  • built in the UK 
  • commissioned to be built abroad for a specific UK purpose
  • connected to the UK by a specific significant event
  • spent the greater part of their working life in UK waters

Be based in UK waters

This applies to vessels in the coastal and internal waters of the United Kingdom as recognised by international maritime law, to include those in N. Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, but excluding those in the Republic of Ireland and the British overseas territories.  Static vessels based ashore within the stated zone are also eligible for registration.

Be more than 33 ft* in length overall (33ft 1 inch or above)

A vessel's length overall should be the measurement between the forward and aft extremities of the hull overall excluding any spars or projections.

* Vessels up to and including 33 feet in length overall should apply for registration on the National Small Boat Register.

Be substantially intact

If more than 70% of the hull structure is intact the vessel can be considered for registration.  Any vessel which is less intact than this will only be considered for registration at a different percentage if national significance can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Registration Sub-Committee.