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New Zealand, one of the nanny states, has safety inspection requirements
New Zealand recreational boats, yachts and pleasure craft going overseas must be inspected before they leave. This is commonly referred to as a Category 1 inspection. The main purpose of the safety inspection is to ensure those departing are as safe as possible, and that they can get help if anything goes seriously wrong.
The vessel must be out of the water for inspection. The design and construction must be suitable for the voyage, the safety and communication equipment is inspected, and the skipper and crew must be capable of undertaking the proposed voyage safely.
IIRC, New Zealand and Australia require bonds for boats doing Around Alone, Vendee Globe, etc. to defray some of the costs of rescue.
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