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Safety inspections

Yachting New Zealand carry out inspections and issues category 3, 2 and 1 certificates for vessels competing in yacht races or cruising offseas. Yachting New Zealand also issue New Zealand-registered vessels leaving New Zealand safety certificates under delegation from Maritime New Zealand.

Arranging an inspection

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

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.

Click here to download a spreadsheet of all current inspectors, their areas of operation and contact details.

For more information, contact Yachting New Zealand.

Inspection costs

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.