It is that time of the year again - getting the yearly COF (Certificate of Fitness) for Revelations. This yearly COF thing is really a damn hassle as it involves getting a SAMSA approved inspector to come out to Houtbay every year to come and do a physical inspection of the yacht. Every time it involves turning the boat upside down and unpacking everything for the inspection.
Why not do it every two or five years? Or is it about more about making money of out all of us. In South Africa items needs to be inspected at ridiculously short intervals - flares are only valid for 2 years, fire extinguishers are valid for 1 year, smoke signals are valid for 2 years, etc. Are these manufacturers really unable to manufacture products lasting longer than one or two years? Then, I'm sure if the Government have their way, we will all pay licenses to breath air, have a bath or visit your own shithouse. All this adds to the red tape, bureaucracy making things difficult and inaccessible for people to become part of sailing.
Anyway, we are unpacking and sorting out Revelations for this COF thing tomorrow morning. whilst all this is going on, we are also cleaning, sorting and packing the yacht for our world cruise.