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Old 26 February 2007, 12:55   #121
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vhf info useful, to get your SRC license i understand you need to take an exam??

will they still let me in to alderney without it, im sure the answer is yes!!

As for the VAT i would like to think mine now looks resonably new, last thing i want is an impounded boat, i may have to stay there indefinately (shame)
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Old 26 February 2007, 12:57   #122
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vhf info useful, to get your SRC license i understand you need to take an exam??

will they still let me in to alderney without it, im sure the answer is yes!!

As for the VAT i would like to think mine now looks resonably new, last thing i want is an impounded boat, i may have to stay there indefinately (shame)
For the VAT I've got some invoices sealed into plastic sheet i.e. Hull, outboard etc

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Old 26 February 2007, 13:04   #123
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ive pritty much EBAYED my boat togeather, that will do i suppose.

Never considered i would be travelling to foreign countrys in it, bit mad really.
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Old 26 February 2007, 13:17   #124
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vhf info useful, to get your SRC license i understand you need to take an exam??
You are correct - you can either take a one day course at an RYA Centre, with a Practical and Written Assessment at the end, or you can phone a centre and just take the exam. Most centres charge between £50 - £100 for the course, and there is a license fee of £22. You will also need a passport photo for the license.

To just take the exam the RYA License fee is £38, and the cost at the centre will vary hugely.

Bear in mind it is illegal to operate Marine VHF (except in a distress situation) without an SRC holder using the radio or supervising. If you have a fitted radio on board, I would reccomend the Radio Course - it's not as dull as it sounds.
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As Jim says its only a day course and its not that bad really.

If you have a VHF you need a licence and then you need to register it with Ofcom. As a few of us have found that takes a little time.

However (I know I'm stating the obvious here)if you don't have a VHF you don't need the license or to register it with ofcom.
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Old 26 February 2007, 14:34   #126
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thanks jimbo

I can see me taken the test very soon, im no stranger to radio from my flying days, ive just had no real reason to have used the radio afloat, for emergency only.

If i can go straight to the exam i assume there is a web site, book ect which would educate me in the ways of marine talk!!

any one help
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If i can go straight to the exam i assume there is a web site, book ect which would educate me in the ways of marine talk!!
Yep, get the new one by Tim Bartlett, direct from the RYA - http://www.rya.org.uk/Shop/Cultures/en-GB/G31.htm

Well laid out, and has all you need in it! You will often find that going straight to the exam is just as costly as doing the full days course, as the license fee just under doubles, and most centres will have to examine you as a one off, so the only saving is often your time.

If and when you decide to go for the exam - drop me an e-mail on james@daviescoaching.co.uk as I'm sure I'll be able to sort you out.
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hi biggles

thanks also for your reply, i have registered my vhf with ofcom on the internet last year, was not to bad actually.

feel safer knowing that if i shout my boat name, coastguard have all my details.
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cheers jimbo

im just on the RYA site now completing my book order, i will have a good read and email you

cheers agin for your help
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Anyone want to be a VAT expert ?
It's quite straightforward. VAT may become payable on the value of goods moved across boundaries into EEC member states. Because the Channel Islands Administrations (Bailwicks) are not members of the EEC, VAT cannot and will not ever be charged on entry to the the Islands. VAT may become payable if you are considered to be importing goods into an EEC member state. Therefore when you enter EEC waters after leaving a non-EEC country, you may be asked to provide proof of VAT paid. This may include entering French, or British waters. In practise, this will never happen, unless your movements are particularly suspicious (such as making a fast night passage which you haven't logged with the coastguard) or you annoy the customs in some other way. We've made a number of passages to the Channel Islands and France and never needed a scrap of documentation. On two occasions, I've been to France without any documentation at all, not even a passport. I wouldn't recommend to anyone to do the same though! You will find the Alderney officials very un-official unless you do something unsociable, or wear a seatbelt in a car, or a helmet on a motorbike. And Brian warned me that using a mobile 'phone in a car on the island is an imprisonable offence!
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