Do I Need a Qualification to Buy a Boat?
A commonly asked question by first-time buyers of boats is what, if any qualifications you need to buy a vessel. Read our explanation to find out the answer, and our advice to make the most of your boat and keep it best protected under your boat insurance.
Can I buy a boat without qualifications?
The short answer is yes: in the UK, you do not have to hold a boating qualification in order to be able to buy a boat as a private boat owner, or to start using it.
However, while it is not a legal requirement to have a boating qualification simply to purchase a vessel, it is important to remember that there are significant advantages to having one; and indeed in some cases you may not be able to use your boat without having a qualification. It is therefore highly recommended that you acquire one.