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Old 03 October 2013, 06:41   #11
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IIRC the first 2 or 3 digits of your mmsi number, 235? identify you as British registered, the rest of the number is boat specific, it works world wide (ish) wherever there is some kind of coastguard infrastructure, remember it's VHF & not Satellite based, unlike PLBs.
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Old 03 October 2013, 06:42   #12
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OK, cheers. I will certainly register it in the UK, and your correct, there is a tax in France for anything expensive (socialists)

Not only do I want to avoid any French red tape, I also dont want the local mafia knowing too much about it.

SPR, thanks for the link to that website.

So basically I should get a built in radio and handheld, both DSC/GPS. Unless anyone thinks Im missing something.
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Old 03 October 2013, 06:46   #13
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OK, cheers. I will certainly register it in the UK, and your correct, there is a tax in France for anything expensive (socialists)

Not only do I want to avoid any French red tape, I also dont want the local mafia knowing too much about it.

SPR, thanks for the link to that website.

So basically I should get a built in radio and handheld, both DSC/GPS. Unless anyone thinks Im missing something.
Insurance might be an issue, you might be as well speaking to a specialist broker. Most "normal" policies only cover you for "X" amount of days out of the UK. Drop me a PM if you want me to point you to a good broker.
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Old 03 October 2013, 06:46   #14
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OK, cheers. I will certainly register it in the UK, and your correct, there is a tax in France for anything expensive (socialists) Not only do I want to avoid any French red tape, I also dont want the local mafia knowing too much about it. SPR, thanks for the link to that website. So basically I should get a built in radio and handheld, both DSC/GPS. Unless anyone thinks Im missing something.
yes - that's the best solution - and talk to RYA about the legalities

The icom IC m323 or IC m423 fix radio & the m91D share the same user interface - and easy to use.

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So basically I should get a built in radio and handheld, both DSC/GPS. Unless anyone thinks Im missing something.
I didn't bother with DSC on the handheld. I have an old garmin GPS in my grab bag that runs on alkaline AA batteries (with a spare set of batteries also in the grab bag).

I loose the ability to push a red button on the handheld, but I can fire up the battery GPS and get a lat / long position within about 2 mins maximum to transmit by voice. If abandoning vessel the grab bag comes with me into the liferaft. I believe the battery life is better on the non DSC handhelds (my ICOM lasts for several days use on one charge).

My next safety related purchase will be a PLB and Laser Flare :-)

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My next safety related purchase will be a PLB and Laser Flare :-)
I'm psyching meself up to a laser flare, heart say the green one but I'm concerned about the short 180 day warranty.
Scott, is the green flare less robust than the red?

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Well Ive insured the boat with a broker - Towergate, they seemed fine when I told them where it was going to be kept. I did say it would be UK registered.

I will do my VHF course soon, since Ive done my Powerboat 1 & 2 they are offering a discount on the next course.

*goes off to google Icom's website*
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I'm psyching meself up to a laser flare, heart say the green one but I'm concerned about the short 180 day warranty.
Scott, is the green flare less robust than the red?

Sorry, thread drift
I'm buying one off of Scott after I get chance to see one (i need to meet up with PeterM sometime and look at his one)

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I'm psyching meself up to a laser flare, heart say the green one but I'm concerned about the short 180 day warranty. Scott, is the green flare less robust than the red? Sorry, thread drift
I haven't had any returned to me under warranty - I had few dead of arrival - but now as Peter will tell you - all are rechecked and tested before dispatch and signed!

Not had a DOA in last two years now.

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