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Joined: Tue Feb 12th, 2013
Location: Somerset West, South Africa
Posts: 17
Equipment: Abu C4 reel, Elbe Snoek, Ski Pro, Shimano Coastal. Shimano ...
Best Catch: Black Bass: 2.4kg; Snoek 3.2kg; Baber 6.8kg; Galjoen 2kg
Favorite Fishing Spot: Langebaan, Veldrif, Strand (home)
Boat: Mackski Kingfisher
Club: No
I want to buy a boat.
I Can afford mostly only Cat R registered boats.
Can I buy CAT R and register as Cat E or D by only buying more safety equipment and just re-register the boat?

Use: Langebaan, Hangklip, Strand. ( sea 1nm, but would like to be able to do 5nm ).

Boats mostly available in my budget are 15-17foot.

Calibre (mono)
Skipper ( cathedral hull )

I prefer solid boats ( not rubber ducks )

Currently have a Ark Fishduck + 8hp Mercury 2 stroke.

Love the freedom of just going out and not to worry about all the admin. ( in a safe way, I know ).

Plan B - upgrade the Ark Fishduck to the Fishalot. Issue is not enough space on the Fishduck for me and my son to fish.

Senior Member

Joined: Wed May 23rd, 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 344
Equipment: Tackle addict
Best Catch: Is only as good as the last one.
Favorite Fishing Spot: The wet 7/10ths of the planet
Boat: Only way i fish
Club: No
In order to change Category R to E is easy if the boat's buoyancy complies, Cat E to D requirement is radio and safety equipment changes

gully master

Joined: Tue Oct 12th, 2010
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 173
Equipment: toruim 30, blue marlin g3. rovex 10x
Best Catch: 12kg cracker, 8kg cob, 5kg grunter
Favorite Fishing Spot: witsand, langebaan, pearly
Boat: 15ft Ski Craft
Club: No
Main thing is the buoyancy like trier said. Cat R only requires 30% buoyancy if I'm not mistaken. Cat E and D requires 60%+. To redo buoyancy (if you can fit more buoyancy) will cost you a couple of mulas.