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Sport boat license

In the case of the sports boat license, a distinction is made between the engine and sail areas.

The Sportbootführerschein Binnen Motor (SBF Binnen Motor) is the official driving license for driving pleasure boats up to 15 m in length under engine. It is mandatory for vehicles under engine with more than 3.68 kW (5 hp) on inland waterways and waters navigable by motor boats in Germany.

Prerequisite: Minimum age 16 years

The Sportbootführerschein Binnen Segel/Surfen (SBF Binnen Segel/Surfen) is the official driving licence for driving pleasure boats up to 15 m in length under sail. The sport boat license inland sailing/surfing is a proof of practical and theoretical sailing knowledge. In general, in Germany only the appropriate knowledge of the rules is required for driving a sailboat, but not proof of them.

Prerequisite: Minimum age 14 years

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the yacht and sailing clubs. The adult education centres provide some information on training courses.

Which documents are required?

Documents may be required. Please contact the competent authority.

What are the fees?

Fees may apply. Please contact the relevant authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the competent authority.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)