Buy German Boat License

Who Needs a Boat License?

First of all, you should know that you don’t need a license to drive many boats in Germany.

The rule is that motorboats (or “Mobo” as our instructor affectionately refer to them) with an engine of less than 15 hp (11.03 KW) do not require a boating licence to operate. Other rules:

  • The boat is no longer than 20 meters
  • Skipper is at least 16 years old and of sound body mind, and soul (gesunder Körper, Geist und Seele)
  • Legal drinking limit of .05% (same as with cars, and violation of this with alcohol or other drugs can result in losing your boat and driving license)

Which boating licenses are required in which places, and what are the requirements?

1. Sport boat license for motorized and inland sailing
You must be 14 years old to obtain this license. It allows you to operate sports boats while sailing and is required for sailing boats in Berlin and other regions with a sail area more than 3.20 meters.

2. Single-engine sport boat license
You must be 16 years old in order to obtain this license. It gives you the right to use inland waterways for leisure boating. Vehicles having an engine capacity greater than 5 horsepower must have it.

3. sea license for sport boats
You must be sixteen years old to obtain this license. It gives you the right to travel on navigable waterways within the bounds of maritime shipping orders (up to a three-mile radius), the Ems Estuary/Leda shipping order, and the use of pleasure boats with engines greater than five horsepower. The boat’s length and horsepower are unrestricted. But the sport boat can only be utilized for leisure or sports; it cannot be employed for business.

4. A license for sport coasts
You must have a valid sport boat license sea and be at least 16 years old to obtain this license. It must also be demonstrated that you have logged at least 300 nautical miles of sailing time. You are allowed to sail in coastal waters up to 12 nautical miles from the mainland with this permission.

5. A recreational marine license
You must be sixteen years old to obtain this license. In addition, you must be able to prove that you possess a sea license for sport boats and that you have logged at least 1000 nautical miles as a watch captain. Alternatively, you can get the license by demonstrating that, while obtaining the sport coasts license, you have sailed 700 nautical miles or more as a watch captain on yachts. The official sport sea license allows you to rent motorboats and sailing vessels in any coastal waterways, including the North and Baltic Seas, the Irish and Scottish Lakes, the Mediterranean and Black Seas, for up to thirty nautical miles.

6. High-seas sport license
You must be at least 18 years old to obtain this license. Furthermore, you must demonstrate that, since obtaining the sport see license, you have sailed more than 1000 nautical kilometers. With this formal license, you will be able to operate motor and sailing ships all over the world.