Certificate of Fitness

  • A certificate of fitness is the vessel’s license and gives it the right to be on the water. The certificate is valid for 12 months and is issued by an approved SAMSA surveyor.
  • All vessels with an engine power of more than 15hp or longer than 9 meters must have a Certificate of Fitness.

Category R list
Category E list

The following must be on the vessel to receive a COF for Category R (Dams, Rivers etc):

ItemDescription
ItemDescription
Life Jacket• The life jackets must be SABS approved and carry the SAMSA stamp of approval.
• They must not be faded.
• There must be no loose stitching.
• The buoyancy foam must not be compressed.
• The tying tapes, zips or clips must be in a good condition.
• A whistle is secured in a place with a short lanyard.

Bailing Bucket• All vessels which do not have a self-draining system must have a bailing bucket.
• A bucket made of metal has the added advantage that it can be used as a sound signalling device by banging on it for attention.

Alternative Steering• To be used when the steering becomes defective.

Kill Switch Lanyard• Must have a clip which can be connected to the skipper.

Fire Extinguisher• One 1.5kg dry powder or suitable approved extinguisher per engine.
• Should be mounted horizontally near the motor.
• It must be turned and shaken regularly to prevent the powder from setting hard in the container.
• Small extinguishers should have an average discharge time of 20 seconds.
• Must be serviced once a year by an approved SABS dealer

Fuel Tank• Must be made of approved material
• Not in the same compartment as batteries and electric cables
• Clearly marked as fuel
• Stored in well-ventilated area

First Aid1. First Aid kit and must have at least the following:
• Wound cleaner / antiseptic (50ml)
• Swabs for cleaning wounds
• Cotton wool for padding (100g)
• Sterile gauze (minimum quantity 10)
• 1 pair of forceps (for splinters)
• 1 pair of scissors (minimum size 100mm)
• 1 set of safety pins
• 2 triangular bandages
• 2 roller bandages (75mm x 5m)
• 2 roller bandages (100mm x 5m)
• 1 roll of elastic adhesive (25mm x 3m)
• 1 Non-allergenic adhesive strip (25mm x 3m)

2. First Aid Manual must be on board.

Anchor• The length of line needed should be at least 3 times the depth of the spot you wish to anchor
• Chain of at least 3 meters connecting the anchor to the rope.

Registration NumberNo vessel may go the water unless it has an approved number. The following is important:

1. An approved registration number on each side of the vessel. Surveyors can issue a number.
2. Only one number is allowed per vessel.
3. The size of the letters must be approx. 150mm high and each letter 25mm wide.

The ID number of a vessel is issued to the owner of the vessel who will be responsible for the behavior of the vessel. The number belongs to the owner and not the vessel. A number cannot be transferred - a new owner must get a new number.
FlagsThe following flags, where applicable, should be on the boat:

1. Red flag when towing skiers

2. Blue and white flag when dropping divers.
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3. The V-flag to wave should the boat experience problems.

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Buoyancy Certificate• Valid buoyancy certificate.
• A buoyancy of at least 30% is required for R category vessels and 60% for sea going vessels.

The following is good to have:

  1. Pump & repair kit (Rubber duck)
  2. Bilge
  3. PVC safety equipment bag
  4. Tools to do maintenance

The following must be on the vessel to receive a COF for Category E (1nm Sea):

ItemDescription
ItemDescription
Life Jacket• The life jackets must be SABS approved and carry the SAMSA stamp of approval.
• They must not be faded.
• There must be no loose stitching.
• The buoyancy foam must not be compressed.
• The tying tapes, zips or clips must be in a good condition.
• A whistle is secured in a place with a short lanyard.

Bailing Bucket• All vessels which do not have a self-draining system must have a bailing bucket.
• A bucket made of metal has the added advantage that it can be used as a sound signalling device by banging on it for attention.

Hand Held Smoke Marker• Unexpired, approved.

Alternative Steering• To be used when the steering becomes defective.

Kill Switch Lanyard• Must have a clip which can be connected to the skipper.

Fire Extinguisher• One 1.5kg dry powder or suitable approved extinguisher per engine.
• Should be mounted horizontally near the motor.
• It must be turned and shaken regularly to prevent the powder from setting hard in the container.
• Small extinguishers should have an average discharge time of 20 seconds.
• Must be serviced once a year by an approved SABS dealer

Fuel Tank• Must be made of approved material
• Not in the same compartment as batteries and electric cables
• Clearly marked as fuel
• Stored in well-ventilated area

First Aid1. First Aid kit and must have at least the following:
• Wound cleaner / antiseptic (50ml)
• Swabs for cleaning wounds
• Cotton wool for padding (100g)
• Sterile gauze (minimum quantity 10)
• 1 pair of forceps (for splinters)
• 1 pair of scissors (minimum size 100mm)

• 1 set of safety pins
• 2 triangular bandages
• 2 roller bandages (75mm x 5m)
• 2 roller bandages (100mm x 5m)
• 1 roll of elastic adhesive (25mm x 3m)
• 1 Non-allergenic adhesive strip (25mm x 3m)

2. First Aid Manual must be on board.

Anchor• Vessels of 6 (six) metres and more - at least 5 (five) metres
• Vessels under 6 (six) metres - at least 3 metres
• Length of Rope at least 50 metres
• Inspect weak .

2 Oars or paddles• Only for single outboard engine vessels

Capsize rope• For use when vessel is inverted in the water
• Rope to be attached when proceeding to sea.

Watertight capsize bottle.• Attached to vessel with rope readily accessible in event of capsize
• Containing flares, survival and emergency equipment.
• The rope length must not be less than 1.5 times the length of the vessel and manufactured to be non-slip.

FlagsThe following flags, where applicable, should be on the boat:

1. Red flag when towing skiers

2. Blue and white flag when dropping divers.
diver_flag






3. The V-flag to wave should the boat experience problems.

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Buoyancy Certificate• Valid buoyancy certificate.
• A buoyancy of at least 30% is required for R category vessels and 60% for sea going vessels.

Spares• Adequate for the purpose of carrying out emergency repairs to machinery and essential equipment aboard

Tools• Adequate for the purpose of carrying out emergency repairs to machinery and essential equipment aboard

Marking of Equipment• All life-jackets, buoyancy aids, life-buoys, Dan-buoys, flares, oars, paddles and life-rafts are to be permanently marked with the vessel’s name or “approved marking”.

Marking of Trailer• Where any vessel is launched from a trailer other than a dolly at a private launching site the trailer must be marked in a conspicuous position, with the vessel’s name, or approved marking and with the owner’s name and emergency contact number.

Registration NumberNo vessel may go the water unless it has an approved number. The following is important:

1. An approved registration number on each side of the vessel. Surveyors can issue a number.
2. Only one number is allowed per vessel.
3. The size of the letters must be approx. 150mm high and each letter 25mm wide.

The ID number of a vessel is issued to the owner of the vessel who will be responsible for the behavior of the vessel. The number belongs to the owner and not the vessel. A number cannot be transferred - a new owner must get a new number.

 

Contact us in Pretoria for your COF inspection – Cost R550.00

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