Measurement certificate The RYA Technical Department deal with certification.
When you buy a secondhand boat, the owner should pass on their certificate to you, which you then post to the RYA with your details, and a fee, in order to register you as the new owner of the boat. Your certificate records all measurement details, including sails, and also buoyancy endorsements.
As at March 2023 the fees are:
Full/Junior Member of the RYA - £15.00 Non-member - £30.00 Duplicates or Replacements - £30.00 (no discounts applicable) RYA Gold Members - 1 free certificate per calendar year
Buoyancy test The owner takes responsibility for ensuring their boat would float if capsized, and signs the certificate themselves, in the presence of a class official. Contact the MROA Rules and Measurement Officer for advice on the process, and details of an official near you.
Insurance Racing demands you have third-party cover for your boat. This is defined in the event Notice of Race, but is usually at least £3M.
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Club membership To race in class events, you must be a member of a sailing club or join the RYA itself (it's a legal thing!). It always helps to get to know a few local sailors, for advice on rigging and sailing your Merlin, to camaraderie in the bar afterwards!