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Sea-going yachts and small crafts
The Swiss Maritime Navigation Office (SMNO) is responsible for the registration of yachts and small boats sailing under the Swiss flag.
High sea yachts
The SMNO has been keeping a register of sea-going yachts since 1971. It is the registration authority for high sea yachts. It checks the legal and technical conditions for registration and issues flag certificates to applicants. Private Swiss individuals who, or associations which sail for sport or pleasure are entitled to register. Currently, about 1,500 high sea yachts are sailing under the Swiss flag. These boats may only be used for sport or pleasure. The commercial transportation of people or goods is not allowed.
The SMNO supervise the body, which has permission from the SMNO to issue Swiss Certificate for Maritime Navigation. In 2007 the examining body started issuing standard, internationally recognised Swiss Certificate for Operaters of Pleasure Craft (in credit-card format).
The SMNO issues flag confirmations for small boats which sail on inland waterways and coastal waters abroad in cases where the cantonal licence is not recognised by the foreign country in question. These boats are not subject to the same technical regulations as yachts but they are entered in the same register. Boats which may be registered in the Swiss Yacht Register are not registered as small boats.