All recreational vessels / pleasure boats should be registered either in the Register of Cyprus Ships (vessels permitted to sail in national and international waters) or in the Register of Small Vessels (vessels permitted to sail only in the territorial waters of the Republic of Cyprus).
Recreational crafts are registered in the Register of Cyprus Ships, in accordance with the provisions of the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships, Sales and Mortgages) Law 45/63, as amended or the Register of Small Vessels, in accordance with the Emergency Powers (Control of Small Vessels) Regulations of 1955.
Ships that are not registered in the Registry of Cyprus Ships are:
(α) ships having an overall length less than thirteen (13) metres, employed solely in navigation on the coast of the Republic or of the Sovereign Base Areas;
(b) ships not having a whole or fixed deck and employed solely in fishing, lightering or trading coastwise on the shore of the Republic or of the Sovereign Base Areas or within such a radius therefrom as may be prescribed.
Failure to register a vessel by its owners constitutes a criminal offence.