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Old 20 October 2018, 15:32   #1
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Launching a sib in France

Does anyone know what are the rules for launching a sib in France? We want to have a holiday there next year. do you need any special licence to use one on the sea, we want to take our with us
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Does anyone know what are the rules for launching a sib in France? We want to have a holiday there next year. do you need any special licence to use one on the sea, we want to take our with us


The search function will reveal plenty of info on this, as it’s been well covered in the past.
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Hi,
You do not legally require anything to launch and use your sib in the sea in France as long as its from the UK.
However, insurance and the international certificate of competence, a bill of sale including VAT paid and SSR registration are a really good idea.
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Things may well have changed but I remember there being limitations on distance offshore and other stuff for small boats. This was in relation to using kayaks in my case but well worth checking with the French authorities. French stuff can be quirky.

Edit: Apologies, I've given you a bum steer there, apparently the categories of boats were amended in 2005 so some of the sillyness has been removed.
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Things may well have changed but I remember there being limitations on distance offshore and other stuff for small boats. This was in relation to using kayaks in my case but well worth checking with the French authorities. French stuff can be quirky.

Edit: Apologies, I've given you a bum steer there, apparently the categories of boats were amended in 2005 so some of the sillyness has been removed.


There rules are still considerably more draconian than the UK’s, so top priority should be ensuring that the boat is clearly recognised as a “British vessel” so that those rules which only apply to local boats can be ignored.
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[QUOTE=Pikey Dave;784762]The search function will reveal plenty of info on this, as it’s been well covered in the past.[/QUOTE

Cheers found some info
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There rules are still considerably more draconian than the UK’s, so top priority should be ensuring that the boat is clearly recognised as a “British vessel” so that those rules which only apply to local boats can be ignored.


Indeed, although over the last 3or4 years there’s been a noticeable increase in interest of boats leaving & entering France/UK by ferry. We now inevitably get questioned on the UK side before we leave as to where we are going & for how long. We have been asked to prove ownership of the boat by UK port security. The French Douane (customs) take a keen interest when we arrive and leave & always ask for “papiers”. Sounds worse than it is. The most important items are SRR cert & Red Ensign.
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Indeed, although over the last 3or4 years there’s been a noticeable increase in interest of boats leaving & entering France/UK by ferry. We now inevitably get questioned on the UK side before we leave as to where we are going & for how long. We have been asked to prove ownership of the boat by UK port security. The French Douane (customs) take a keen interest when we arrive and leave & always ask for “papiers”. Sounds worse than it is. The most important items are SRR cert & Red Ensign.


This minor inconvenience presumably helps stop stolen boats simply wandering across the border.
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This minor inconvenience presumably helps stop stolen boats simply wandering across the border.


Absolutely, I wasn’t complaining (mark THAT on the calendar ) just highlighting the scenarios that the op may encounter. It’s nothing to be worried about, as long as you have the paperwork. As already mentioned, you don’t need an ICC for France, but in my experience of French bureaucracy, the more paper you have, the easier it is.
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Indeed, although over the last 3or4 years there’s been a noticeable increase in interest of boats leaving & entering France/UK by ferry. We now inevitably get questioned on the UK side before we leave as to where we are going & for how long. We have been asked to prove ownership of the boat by UK port security. The French Douane (customs) take a keen interest when we arrive and leave & always ask for “papiers”. Sounds worse than it is. The most important items are SRR cert & Red Ensign.
Did you mean SSR or is SRR something different. Also would they really expect a SSR on a small sib.

Also this is likely to be rolled up and packed in the boot
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