Originally Posted by bedajim
If so what happens when you buy a boat thats ten years old with 6 owners etc, not many would have passed a copy of the original invoice to the second owner never mind it going further down the chain
The RYA knows this can be a worry for owners so they created a complete section in the RYA members area. Alternatively buy one from Riva with the original purchase invoice regardless of age.
The Dover customs Unit used to issue a certificate in lieu if you had good evidence of the boat being old pre 1994 I think, but the unit closed. However you could try your local customs and excise department for advice, they are quite active of the South Coast at the moment