The yacht is annually inspected and registered by the South African Maritime Safety Authority as a category B Commercial charter vessel for the entire South African coastline. As such it is licensed to carry 10 passengers and 2 crew.
Sweet Waters is also is licensed as a category A international sailing vessel with SA Sailing for any non commercial voyages.
All electronic Navigation equipment is commercial grade (Furuno) and is backed up by traditional manual equipment like sextants, compasses, chronograph, barograph, binoculars, telescope, clock work anemometer, trailing log and even a traditional lead line for soundings.
Sweet Waters is fitted with an Automatic Information System (AIS) transponder, which means that it can be seen and tracked by all commercial shipping and land based Vessel tracking Systems (VTS). This means that you could track her on the Marine Traffic website
In addition it utilises the International Safe Tracks (Safetrx) system adopted by the National Sea Rescue Institute of South Africa (NSRI) This means that the vessel is also tracked by the local Sea Rescue institute and any delays in ETA are immediately responded to by the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre of South Africa (MRCC) as well as our ships agent.
All our trips require the filing of a passage plan which includes our passenger list and all ships details with the Hout Bay Yacht Club Marina office. Extracts of details of the passage plan details for yacht Sweet Waters follows here;-
Yacht Sweet Waters Passage Plan
Shipping Reg. ON 21001
SAMSA reg. DTD 085 B
SAS Reg. No SA 1256 A
SAMSA Cat. Cat. B; 8/12 persons; all RSA coast to 40 NM
Skipper Izak Labuschagne all coastal; passenger endorsement
Call Sign ZR 6391
MMSI 60111 4300
VHF Channel 12/16
INMARSAT +87077 6410 453
Draft 2.5 m
Sailing Yacht: Monohull; Cutter Ketch (2 Masts 15m and 11m); 2 Spinnaker poles, 2 forestays
Radar reflector On both masts - radar dome and wind generator on mizzen mast
Sails: - 198 to 253 square metes
Sail Colours Main & Mizzen - white; Genoa - white with blue margin; Mizzen Stay sail - Red and white; Spinnaker - red an white, No 1, 2, 3 and Storm Sails - White.
Hull: GRP - white above water line - red antifouling below waterline
Deck: Grey - coach roof – white; cockpit roof - white with 5 Solar panels
Motor: Perkins 4236M 80 hp Diesel Single screw Engine No: A5BAC2 C3 4023
Range: 1000 NM
Speed: Max: 8.5 Knots Cruising : 5- 6 Knots
EPIRB : Mc Murdo 406 MHZ with GPS; Beacon ID: 4B2437CF80FFbFF
AIS Class B transponder Mastutec; Class A reciever Furuno
Radar 24 NM
Life Raft: Viking 8 Man Serial No: 11114909
Life Raft: Viking 4 Man Serial No: 11637795
Tenders: 5 man Inflatable for 8 HP / row; 3 man Plastic for 2 hp / row / sail
Tracking: NSRI Safe X / Mariine Traffic.com