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Old 04 December 2006, 13:43   #21
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Right so a little over probably won't make a diference, if it a two stroke, also should be fine. Not insured, mainly up and down the thames, odd canal....
You ought to take a look at the British Waterways website, and read up a little on licence requirements. It's a long time since I've enquired, but I think you'll need a licence costing around 300.00 a year, although you may qualify for a discount if under a certain hp rating, you'll also need 3rd party insurance of probably 1 million,(they used to reserve the right to contact you insurance company to check that you have it) and the boat will need to comply with the CE regs or maybe a Boat Safety Certificate, so keep an eye on that hp max!
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Old 04 December 2006, 13:54   #22
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Providing the boat has no electrics or gas, its exempt from the BSC, The anual licences are expensive, but you can get day/week/monthly licences (Check their site), A day licence ealier in the year cost me 9.00 for a 17ft Cruiser. They won't issue you with a permit, without proof of insurance.

Insurance for my SIB is 35 per year, from noble marine.

Insure the dinghy with the 5hp, then put the 7.5hp on the back if you need...

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although you may qualify for a discount if under a certain hp rating,
It used to be discounted for 4hp and under, or electric outboard
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Do you mean you have to pay 300 lbs a year simply to legally operate a boat over there???
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Do you mean you have to pay 300 lbs a year simply to legally operate a boat over there???

Only on the canals, where everything happens very slowly and my outboard hated it, tickover all the time... Fibreglass boats and steel narrow boats dont mix either!!!
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Here you go.

http://www.waterscape.com/boating/useful_downloads
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Do you mean you have to pay 300 lbs a year simply to legally operate a boat over there???
Wish my licence was only 300 for the canal, the licence for the 70ft boat is just over 1700 (commercial licence)
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