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The Swiss Maritime
Navigation Office
Elisabethenstrasse 33 
P.O. Box 
CH-4010 Basel
Tel. +41 61 270 91 20

Yachts section:
Tel. +41 61 270 91 26
Fax: +41 61 270 91 29



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Ocean-going yachts and small boats

Swiss ocean-going yachts are intended uniquely for pleasure or sport. The Swiss Office of Maritime Navigation (SMNO) is responsible for their registration. It also issues confirmation of flag registration to small boats sailing on foreign inland waterways and coastal waters. 

The SMNO is responsible for registering ocean-going yachts and small boats sailing under the Swiss flag.

Ocean-going yachts
The SMNO checks that legal and technical conditions for registration are fulfilled and issues the certificate of flag registration to applicants. Swiss citizens and associations aiming to encourage nautical sports and sailing for pleasure are entitled to register. Currently, some 1,500 ocean-going yachts sail under the Swiss flag. These yachts are strictly for sport and pleasure sailing; commercial transport of passengers and goods are not allowed.

The SMNO supervises the examining body authorised to issue and license the Swiss Certificate for Capacity (Swiss Certificate for Maritime Navigation). Recognised internationally, the Swiss Certificate has been issued since 2007 by the authorised examining body in a credit-card format.

Small boats
The SMNO issues confirmations of flag registration for small boats sailing on foreign internal waterways and coastal waters of states that do not recognise the Swiss cantonal licence. These boats are not subject to the same technical requirements as yachts. Boats which may be registered in the Swiss Yacht Register are not registered as small boats.