Yachting New Zealand carry out inspections and issues category 3, 2 and 1 certificates for racing yachts. Yachting New Zealand also issue New Zealand-registered vessels leaving New Zealand safety certificates under delegation from Maritime New Zealand.
Yachting New Zealand have a nationwide network of yacht inspectors who are always available for advice and assistance with all aspects of your yacht's safety. These inspectors are appointed by Yachting New Zealand under delegation from Maritime New Zealand.
To arrange an inspection, please contact an inspector in your region.
Yacht inspectors use a checklist when completing an on-board inspection and this is now available, for owners to refer to, for information purposes only. Click here to download a copy.
For a category 1 and 2 inspection, this is a two-stage process, both an out-of-water and in-water inspection. Category 3 is generally in-water, however, in some circumstances a yacht may be required to have an out-of-water inspection.
For more information, contact Yachting New Zealand safety and technical officer Angus Willison.
The full cost of an inspection is dependent on the time spent by the yacht inspector. The safety certificate is $115 for members of a Yachting New Zealand affiliated club. There is an additional cost of $75 for owners who are not a member of an affiliated club. These costs do not include the inspector's time and travel. Please contact your preferred yacht inspector for an indication of the total cost.
If you are intending to race in the 2021 Coastal Classic and do not hold a current Cat 3 safety certificate, there are 2 exemption options available for you if you are not able to organise a physical inspection on your vessel due to Covid-19 Alert level 3 & 4 restrictions.