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Old 24 September 2010, 02:26   #31
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Some radio info here:

http://www.rya.org.uk/infoadvice/boa...ages/atis.aspx
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Old 24 September 2010, 03:05   #32
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One other point to mention is that you need to pay a licence fee and display a sticker to use the internal waterways.

http://www.tagweb.co.uk/french-water...vnf-guide.html

The need to pay a fee varies across France. For some reason the rivers and canals in Brittany don't charge so we've never actually tried to buy one.
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There was an article in RIB International a year or 2 back on cruising to Paris from Falmouth in a Ballistic rib.
I have managed to find this link if you can get it to work correctly
http://www.ballistic.minisite.net/Reviews-and-Comments

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Was there?
There are a couple of decent Ball-istics over at St.Mawes.

I might be on for the Paris trip.
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The Gendarmes quite like us which is a bit unfair as WE'VE never gone to their rescue
Even to the extent of chummying up to the 3rd Reich down South, it's been suggested.
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In my limited experience of popping to France I have always found a really warm reception was released once we mentioned the word Aurigny, it seems the French have a real soft spot for the place.
Do you reckon my St.Piran (Cornish flag) would help?
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Old 24 September 2010, 03:51   #36
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Even to the extent of chummying up to the 3rd Reich down South, it's been suggested.
Only by those who are remarkably ignorant of historical record. So no-one on here obviously...
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Do you reckon my St.Piran (Cornish flag) would help?
Only in Brittany, everywhere else treats it with the same "respect" as it gets in the UK
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A summary of documentation required for anyone who's not familiar with European Waterways:

ICC (International Certificate of Competence)
These are obtained from the RYA. You first need to prove for competence though. This can be done by:
a/ Succesfully completing an RYA course, for us that would be the Powerboat minimum level 2. If you've already done this but havent got an ICC then just send your course completion certificate with a fee to the RYA and they'll give you the ICC.
b/ A shorter ICC course can be done at an RYA school. Bit pointless, you might as well do the powerboat course for the money, at least you'll learn something.

CEVNI (Code Européen des Voies de la Navigation Intérieure)
In English "European Code for Interior Navigation". To use European inland waterways your ICC needs to have a CEVNI endorsement. To get this you need to take the CEVNI exam, fairly easy, it's basically colregs for inland. 14 questions in 2 parts, min 5 correct answers in each part. This can be done at a RYA school but also can now be done online. Download your pass certificate, print off and send to RYA for a new ICC.

ATIS
ATIS is a requirement for European inland waterways but is actually illegal on UK waterways (dont quote me on that though). It is a unique identifying signal that's sent out of your VHF every time you release the PTT. Most modern VHF sets can be set up for ATIS, usually has to go back to the manufacturer, some can be switched on or off. Icom sets have to go back to Icom UK with your Identifying number to be set up, I think they charge £24.00.
To get your vessel ID number you have to apply to OFCOM to have ATIS added to your radio certificate, the number will be your MMSI with a 9 in front of it.

On top of all that you'll need to make sure you have passports, health insurance cards, Vessel's insurance certificate, SSR docs, VHF Operator's Certificate, proof of vessels VAT status if from UK plus anything else I've forgotten.

So don't leave it till the last minute to decide your going on this trip 'cos you won't be!

Edit: You also need a VNF, like a temporary permit to use the waterways. Can be bought as a daily, monthly etc ticket, current prices and other info here:
https://www.vnf.fr/vignettesVNF/page.../tarifs_en.pdf
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Did my CEVNI test online last night, £20 through Anglia Sea Ventures.

Although it is an easy test, there is a heck of a lot to learn, the number of signs, buoyage, light signals, sounds etc etc

I couldnt be arsed sitting there trying to memorise it all so took a gamble that I could look up the answer to each question in the RYA book within the 20 second time limit and click on the answer Close call doesn't really cover it

Anyone thats thinking of doing the test the RYA have an interactive site where you can do a mock exam

http://www.ryainteractive.org/
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I couldnt be arsed sitting there trying to memorise it all so took a gamble that I could look up the answer to each question in the RYA book within the 20 second time limit and click on the answer Close call doesn't really cover it
lol

Sounds like the makings of a party game.

Not too dissimilar to the way some people do Channel crossings.... "Ooh look at the size of that cargo ship, will we be able to get under the bow?"
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