It is up to the skipper to decide what additional equipment is appropriate and affordable for any particular voyage. The World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations provide a useful reference.
To get a COF your vessel has to be listed with South African Sailing (SAS) and inspected by an SAS Safety Officer or a “SAMSA approved SAS appointed Safety Surveyor” (referred to as a SAS Safety Surveyor).
To get a LGSC your vessel has to be listed with SAS, registered by SAMSA and inspected by a SAS Safety Surveyor.
To book an inspection your first step is to pay SAS for the survey.
Once payment has been made you can arrange a survey with a Safety Officer or Safety Surveyor. If that is not convenient the SAS office can appoint one for you. You will need a proof of payment and your Certificate of Listing or a certified copy thereof.
You will also need to decide what category of COF you want for your boat. Then download the safety inspection check sheet. You need to complete the safety inspection check sheet before the safety survey.
It is the responsibility of the owner or his representative to prepare the vessel for the safety inspection. You need to complete and sign the safety inspection check sheet before the safety survey. The safety officer will refuse to the safety inspection until the check sheets have been completed.
COFs and LGSCs are only valid for one year from the date of the safety inspection.