We've had a similar naming experience with SAMSA and in the end we had to change our yacht name "Revelations" to "Revelation 1". There was another boat called "Revelation" and our argument that "Revelations" is different to the other boat and is no worse than "Revelation 1" carried zero weight with them. Their rules seems arbitrary, made up by the individual in charge and at times completely illogical. One can contest the situation in Court but our attorneys advised us that we will be barking at the moon.
There is something wrong with the so-called important government
papers you have to buy!? All the application forms and papers from SAMSA are free and there are no other "important" government papers you need to buy.
By South African law, the name on the yacht must be the same name as your registration
papers, ie; "Amber 1" - this is what is required by SAMSA. In fact, they want photographs which will show your registered name on the hull
. How relevant this is in real life, I could not tell you. What happens after submitting the photographs to SAMSA - you tell me.
With SAMSA, you are required to permanently fix a carving plate to the boat which will have your proper registered boat name. We also seriously consider the possibility to show "Revelations" on the hulls whilst the carving plate shows the correct name as "Revelation 1". We were strongly advised against this by a number of people on the basis that this might confused and complicate matters.
Also bear in mind that you only need to be SAMSA registered if you intend sailing in International waters. If not, you then only need to register at SA Sailing.