I bought my boat secondhand last year in Holland
, here is what Ias a South African living in Cape Town
needed to do:
Further to the advice about the British registry (you could also do the de-registering yourself, if it is with the SSR it is just a letter and return of the plastic registration
card) you then register your boat under her new name with any of the offices of SAS South African Sailing - SAS will want some proof of the de-registering (SSR does not issue confirmations so have a copy of the letter to them at hand), they furthermore will want to see a copy of the sales contract
and of the handover protocol. You should belong to a SA yacht club and will need to be a SA resident with an address. SAS will allocate you a boat number which you should post officially on both sides but only on the stern could also do, they will also give you proof of registration
with them. Once you have her registered with SAS at a port of your choice, you may proudly fly the SA flag and corresponing courtesy flags
. Your SA flag will attract attention both from officials in harbour and at sea - I got checked out 5 times in 2 months by Dutch, French and British Customs
including 2 boardings at sea! - as well as people on land.
You will also have to apply to ICASA Independent Communication Authority of South Africa
concerning all the radio equipment
on board and to obtain your call sign and MMSI number if you have a DSC radio
or an AIS
transceiver. You will have to provide ICASA with proof of a radio operator's licence.
If you have an EPIRB
that needs to be registered seperately with a subsidiary of SAMSA South African Maritime Safety
Keep all documents or good copies on board for inspection
officials - purchase contract
, SAS registration, ICASA registration, your licences. In Europe
especially the VAT document - proof of payment - is the most important document Customs wants to see.
In view of the repeated visits by officials, keep a well furnished ship's log and keep any mooring
receipts as proof of visits to certain harbours.
If VAT has been paid on you boat, the boat can stay in Europe
indefinitely. Same does not apply to you if you hold a SA passport, you will have to watch the visa situation and stay restrictions in the different countries carefully.
Concerning a renaming ceremony, use champagne, 1/4 for the boat, the rest for the owner's party!
And make sure you do this ceremony early on in your ownership
, otherwise Murphy (him of Murphy's law) will be on board and do his best to spoil your sailing days!!! Spoken from someone who had Murphy on board for about 2 months until we could get together for the renaming ceremony.
Where are you currently berthed? Planning to sail her back to SA?