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Testimonials for British Yacht Registrations

Catalina 36

Last summer, I bought a Catalina 36 from a private German owner in Greece, I knew Re-Registry would be a difficult task so, I asked Williams & Smithells to take care of the Registry which Mark Ellyatt did to my entire satisfaction: no mail remained unanswered as it is all too common in the Mediterranean and replies were swift.

Despite the summer holidays of the official body, Mark Ellyatt succeeded to get a Provisional Registry thus saving our maiden voyage across the Aegean, soon after followed by the full Registry.

So, Mark, a big thank you to you.

R.D (France)

Moody 54

“This is not my first purchase of a second hand boat, but it was certainly the most complex: Boat located in Greece, Italian buyer, British seller. The entire brokerage service was excellent, clear, fast, procedurally very reliable and flexible enough to adapt easily, in the procedure of buying and selling, at the extra demands placed by Italian law. Really a first class service.”

“After purchasing my boat with W&S I chose to enroll her in the British register. Mark has supported me as my representative in the entire process, from the measurement of tonnage to the notices management with the MCA. He was also valuable in clarifying and supporting me in a number of related issues: such as those relating to radio licensing and EPIRB registration. A timely and comprehensive advice, without which all would be very difficult.”

Bought Andrea Zuppiroli


“When purchasing a boat in Europe, I highly recommend Williams & Smithells of Fareham, U.K. as yacht brokers. Their Mark Ellyatt responded to my every inquiry concerning the boat purchased, and organized all US Coast Guard requirements for registration.”

Fritz Lang (USA)

Brokerage Advice

“I am contacting to say a big thank you to Mark Ellyatt of Williams and Smithells Yacht Brokers for the invaluable very professional help and advice he provided whilst acting for me independently during a recent private yacht purchase. The yacht had a potentially major VAT problem which he was able to help resolve quickly and efficiently to enable the sale to proceed when otherwise I would have been forced to withdraw from the situation.

His knowledge of the appropriate authorities to contact , the types of documentation required and how to go about the process was invaluable , a real stress saver! I would have no hesitation in recommending his very friendly services to anyone with a similar problem.”

Mr. Daniel Olver from Devon

British Registration Service – Part 1 Registration

“I used Williams & Smithells to register my (new to me) yacht in the UK, and I found them to be quick, efficient, and honest. Being an overseas customer I had to rely 100% on their expertise. They handled all matters with great professionalism, and I won’t hesitate to use their services again in the future.”

Stefano Pontesilli

British Registration Service – Part 1 Registration

“Hello Mark,

Your service has been first class and well beyond the call of duty in the promptitude of your responses – I could not have wished for more in dealing with my sometimes excessive requests for information, answered always promptly and courteously.

In short, you successfully achieved what I thought may have been a difficult task, because of my location, with clear and friendly information that reassured me enormously.

I am active on a number of sailing fora, especially on registration themes due to my dissatisfaction with what. I shall have no hesitation in recommending your services when continuing to contribute to any threads on that subject.”

Brian Curlew