THE AL­PHA­BET SOUP OF LARGE-YACHT COM­PLI­ANCE

Yachts International - - Boats Of Distinction - —J.B.

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.

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