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Tonnage measurement for VAT exemption

Vessels of over 15 tons register can, if capable of being used for permanent habitation, be exempt from VAT despite being fitted with an engine and being used for cruising purposes. Building, conversion and some other costs can be zero rated.

We can measure your vessel under either British Tonnage measurement rules (to 24 metres) or, for a non-British registered vessel, under VAT rules, and provide an appropriate certificate supporting zero rating.

VAT already paid may be reclaimable up to three years retrospectively.

Contact us for advice or to arrange for measurement.

Tonnage Measurement for British Registration.

We undertake, through YDSA, tonnage measurement surveys for registration under Part 1 of the Merchant Shipping Acts 1894 to 1974. Vessels up to 24 metres in length can now be measured at reasonable cost through YDSA. Above this length Classification Societies must still be used.

Contact us or YDSA for further information.

Marine Surveyors/Consultants

Principal Surveyor:
Balliol Fowden FYDSA.

+44 1788 541020

+44 7831 232823

+44 1788 543517


Burleigh House,
273, Hillmorton Road,
CV22 5BH