If you wish to sail your yacht or powerboat to a foreign country a South African Sailing (SAS) listing alone is no longer acceptable. In addition your vessel needs to be registered through South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).
For a fee SAS can assist with your SAMSA registration. Individuals are welcome to go to SAMSA directly, but in order to cut down on administration it is deemed more prudent to work through SAS.
Registration is a lengthy process with several potential pitfalls so be advised that you should allow around six months for the process to be completed.
|Click below to download the documents required for SAS assisted foreign registrations:|
|Marine Notice 11 of 2005: Procedure for registering a pleasure yacht of less than 25 gross tonnes through South African Sailing|
|Check list for SAMSA registrations|
|EPIRB registration form|
Note that if you plan to go foreign your annual Certificate of Fitness (COF) from SAS is not sufficient. You must, in addition, have a Local General Safety Certificate (LGSC). The safety inspection has to be done by a "SAMSA approved SAS appointed Safety Surveyor" and can no longer be done by a SAS Safety Officer.