Minimum requirements for expertises for the seaworthiness test in Switzerland:
The expert report for a yacht to be registered in the Swiss Yacht Register must contain the following information:
- name and professional qualifications of the expert (e.g. naval architect, surveyor of a classification society or an insurance company, inspector of a shipping authority).
- general information about the survey of the yacht (place and date, in water or on dry land, participants).
- general description of the yacht (type, shipyard, year of construction, shell/hull number, construction material, length, beam, draft, displacement, sail area, engine type, number and power, fuel, registration in the country of construction, if any).
- technical description of the yacht (hull, rigging, sails, deck equipment, anchoring equipment, engine, navigation instruments, electrical equipment, gas equipment, steering, bilge equipment, seacocks, tanks, interior fittings, fire extinguishing equipment, etc.).
- report on the condition of the yacht at the time of the survey and list of any defects.
- equipment of the yacht (completeness, condition of general and marine emergency equipment).
- declaration of the expert that the yacht in its present condition is suitable for ocean voyages without reservations (if the vessel would not be fully seaworthy, mention of the restriction: e.g. coastal voyage with indication of the maximum distance to the coast in miles).
- liability insurance (the expert must have liability insurance; the SSA may request a copy of the policy).
- date of issue of the expert report. Signature of the expert and, if available, company stamp.