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Cook Islands Yacht Registration

The Cook Islands is comprised of a group of 15 islands located in the South Pacific Ocean (between Tahiti in the east, Samoa and Tonga in the west) in free association with New Zealand. The largest island and administrative centre is Rarotonga which is approximately 3,000 km north-east of Auckland, New Zealand. The township of Avarua on the north of Rarotonga is the political and commercial centre of the Cook Islands. The Islands became self-governing in 1965 but New Zealand retains responsibility for external affairs and defence.

Ownership requirements for the Cook Islands are easily met by joining the Cook Islands Yacht Squadron (CIYS) - cost effective and hassle-free. No need to form a Cook Islands Company or be a citizen of Cook Islands. The Cook Islands Offshore Jurisdiction has been established for over 25 years and much of its offshore legislation is the model on which others are based.


Part 1 MCI Flagging Requirements:

  1. Vessel must be under 24m and under 300 GT.

  2. Vessel will be not be used for chartering, only private use

  3. Vessel must be equipped with EPIRB onboard

  4. Vessel must be equipped with at least one form of fire-fighting equipment

  5. Vessel must be equipped with VHF radio

  6. Owners must either be a Cook Island citizen, Cook Island company or a Cook Island Yacht Squadron (CIYS) member


Part 2 Required Documents:

  1. Proposed Name of Vessel

  2. Original Bill of Sale (if resale)

  3. Builder Certificate (if brand new)

  4. Certificate of Survey / Tonnage Certificate (if available)

  5. Copy of Certificate of Incorporation (If Buyer is a company)

  6. Copy of Register of Director (if Buyer is a company)

  7. Copy of passport of director/beneficial owners (from Buyer and/or if Buyer is a natural person)

  8. Closed Transcript or Deletion Certificate from vessel’s previous Registry.

  9. Board Resolution or Consent approving vessel to be registered in Cook Islands and appointing Authorized Representative & Signor (If buyer is a company. We will provide sample. Buyer to complete and sign)

Part 3 Pricing:

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