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Power boat registration - Engine type?

Hi everyone - my first message.

We have a holiday home in Interlaken, and next year will be bringing our power boat over for some leisurely fun on the lakes.

I'm aware that the boat has to be examined and registered, and I also see that engine "Emissions" is an item tested. My question to fellow boaters is:

The outboard engine is a meticulously maintained 15 year old 2-stroke Mariner, which by design smokes a little. Is this type of engine acceptable for registration?

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Re: Power boat registration - Engine type?

Hi John, welcome to EF

The definitive source for most information relating to boats is the Schifffahrtskontrolle of your canton, which is part of the Strassenverkehrsamt. The link for Bern is here:

http://www.pom.be.ch/pom/de/index/st...hifffahrt.html

and the page relating to engines is here:

http://www.pom.be.ch/pom/de/index/st...ffsmotors.html

Are you planning on importing your boat and engine permanently and leaving them here, or just bringing them down on a trailer on holiday? This could make a difference.

I don't think anyone but the Schiffahrtskontrolle could give you an answer on your specific engine unless they have themselves successfully registered the same model. I suspect even the authorities probably couldn't tell you without seeing the engine and the emissions test is likely to be the one they base their decision on.

You might also want to look into (or ask the Schifffahrtskontrolle) whether you need a licence (A Schein) to use your boat here. I'm assuming you have CEVNI.

So my advice would be to go straight to the horse's mouth and ask the authorities
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Re: Power boat registration - Engine type?

Many thanks for your comprehensive reply Eng-CH. Very helpful leads.

Yes I have CEVNI and the boat is registered with the UK Environment Agency for use on Inland Waterways.

The truth is that it will be a "visiting vessel" and not be put on a mooring (only 5m long), but would it be easier to "import" it and get it CH registered? I don't know...

As you say, the only certain answer will be from the Schifffahrtskontrolle

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The truth is that it will be a "visiting vessel" and not be put on a mooring (only 5m long), but would it be easier to "import" it and get it CH registered? I don't know...
I suspect that different rules will apply depending on whether you are just bringing the boat into the country and taking it away with you when you leave each time, versus "importing" it and leaving it here when you are away. Let me know if you need any help with the Schifffahrtskontrolle
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Re: Power boat registration - Engine type?

Thanks again Eng_CH (You are presumably an Engineer? Me too - Structural)

I have just received the (whisper in reverence!) Royal Yachting Association publication Foreign Cruising Vol. 1 which describes formalities for Switzerland. It does seem that boats visiting Switzerland can rely on home country documentation. Whether-or-not the Schifffahrtskontrolle agrees with that is of course a mystery.

The RYA book does however answer my original question, specifically saying that 2-stroke engines are acceptable, provided that no greater than 2% oil additive is used.

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