THE ALPHABET SOUP OF LARGE-YACHT COMPLIANCE
The Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) is a Lloyd’s register classification alternative to Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). Put simply, PYC lets yacht owners welcome as many as 36 guests aboard for private or charter use.
Created in 2010, the PYC overrides some SOLAS requirements that are more appropriate for commercial ships than for private yachts. The initial rules of SOLAS were adopted in 1914, in response to the Titanic disaster, and SOLAS has had various iterations since then. It was generally conceived for vessels other than pleasure yachts, which the PYC does specifically target.
The PYC is for yachts of any length that carry 13 to 36 guests on international voyages. Previously, Large Yacht Code (LY3) compliance had been the norm, with less-restrictive requirements.
As with most regulatory requirements, PYC standards require designers to think about the code from the earliest stages of engineering a new build.